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Product Details

  • Series: The Lizzy Gardner Series #1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612185096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612185095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,625 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The satisfyingly frightful episode of a calculating cutthroat."  ~Kirkus Reviews

This is the kind of book where you resent the intrusions of real life that force you to put it down. Well, most of the time. Sometimes it was so intense and scary, I HAD to put it down! A terrific pace and a complex plot that kept me guessing. ~Norah Wilson, author of the Serve and Protect Series

"Ragan executes this spine-chilling thriller with such razor-sharp precision readers are left breathless." ~Romantic Times, 4 1/2 TOP PICK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

T. R. Ragan grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. As an avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. She is the author of Dead Weight, the second Lizzy Gardner book. Also, writing under the name Theresa Ragan, she is the author of Return of the Rose, A Knight in Central Park, Taming Mad Max, Finding Kate Huntley, and Having My Baby. She and her family live in Sacramento.


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Theresa didn't know she wanted to be a writer until she read Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor in 1992. She spent the next five years researching medieval times and writing Return of the Rose. She was also working full time and raising four children, but she knew she was a writer when nothing could stop her from getting the words to the page.

She has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. After writing for 20 years, Theresa decided to self-publish and she is so glad she did! Since 2011, Theresa has sold over 900,000 books and signed her first publishing contract with Thomas & Mercer. On April 10, 2013, Theresa Ragan became a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Theresa writes medieval time travels, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan.

Customer Reviews

A story that kept me reading from beginning without putting the book down to the end.
pearl
This book labeled as a romantic suspense is heavy on the thriller/suspense and very, very light on the romance.
Ann
Loved the characters, the setting, the plot, this was a very well written & intriguing story.
Domonique E. Burke

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315 of 327 people found the following review helpful By Ann on June 29, 2011
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New author took me by surprise with this thriller. Lizzy and her boyfriend are together for the last night before he leaves for college. She's snuck out to be with him and she has him let her off down the block from home so her dad won't find out. As a result Lizzy, is one of the teenage girls kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer but escapes after a few months. Fast forward 10 years, the serial killer returns and is out to get Lizzy - the one that got away. Lizzy`s high school boyfriend is now an FBI agent and Lizzy is practicing as a PI and an instructor teaching high school girls how to defend themselves. Lizzy has loads of mental and emotional problems and is still struggling to overcome the terror she experienced at the hands of the killer. She and Jared both have tons of guilt issues over it all.

Let me tell you the serial killer is just downright creepy. The guy's nicknamed "Spiderman" for a reason. This book labeled as a romantic suspense is heavy on the thriller/suspense and very, very light on the romance. Jared and Lizzy's story is still a good one as they try to reconnect after everything that's happened in the last 10 years. Lizzy's character develops slowly as the story moves along and there are times I wondered if she'd ever be able to move forward. The torture scenes are graphically detailed which intensifies the creep factor. The side characters are realistic and I was amazed at how Lizzy, Jared and Spiderman's family dynamics twist and turn. The story is nicely woven together for a terrific ending. The story keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat the entire time. Totally engrossing and a terrific read.
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188 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Joann Dean on September 19, 2011
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I enjoyed the book, it was well crafted and well paced. The story about Lizzy's life after being abducted moves quickly and you find yourself quickly intertwined in her life.

I read mostly mysteries but this was harder to get through because of the child sexual abuse, multiple mutilations and animal cruelty. Some of it in my opinion was to much - ever single character was emotionally scarred. As a pet lover and cat owner what happens to Lizzy's cat was too much for me.

I would read another of Ragan's book and hopefully it's not as dark.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Casey Dare on June 18, 2011
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Abducted.. 17 year old Lizzy Gardner is abducted when returning from a night out with her boyfriend of two years. Held for two months by a diabolical monster, she witnesses the torture and murder of several other girls before she makes a daring escape. 14 years later, the monster resurfaces and is determined to capture the "one who got away" and make her pay. Lizzy, who still struggles with memories, flashbacks and survivor's guilt, along with Jared, the ex-boyfriend who never stopped loving her, work together to find and stop the killer.

This story is fast paced, thrilling and full of non-stop action. I couldn't put it down. The writing is excellent and I absolutely loved the Heroine and Hero and the secondary character Haley (I really hope to see a story for Haley). If you like Lisa Gardner, Beverly Barton, Laura Lippman and the like, you will find in this author, a new favorite.

Theresa, where you been girl? I'm looking forward to reading all you have. Congratulations on your thriller debut!
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Bove on November 5, 2011
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I purchased this book because of the great reviews but I was surprised at just how bad the book was. There are so many completely implausible events that the book is insulting.
Just about everyone in the book forgets their cell phone in their car, just as they need it, or they have a dead battery. There's a deranged killer on the loose and he's clearly after a few specific people, but nobody wants to change their lives, including the mother of a targeted teenager.
After killing a number of young girls, the police never realized a very obvious connection to all of them. I could go on and on.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By J. Rzeppa on December 10, 2012
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This book feels as if a young teenager wrote it. Pardon me if any talented, young, teenage writers are offended by this, this does not include you. The FBI man, Jared, seemed to be the author's ideal of a perfect man. It was irritating as well as repetitive each time he entered the picture, because the author had to repaint him again as the perfect hero. Then you have the brave "victim" in a situation the reader already knows is bad, and the author needlessly adds things like, "Her legs shook so hard her knees literally knocked together." I mean...
I agree with other reviews which are critical of how many cliches there are. If I had to read about hiding from your own shadow one more time I might have put my finger down my throat. It seemed very sophomoric on almost every level. I realized right away the writing needed a really good editor, but the story being told was just good enough to get me through the book, although I thought about not finishing it many times. The author simply doesn't do a very good job of telling what is a good story.
The author tries to have the victim act tough at times, but then she turns into this knock-kneed idiot all of a sudden. She makes super bad choices, forgets her phone etc. It reminds me of an old horror flick...you know the one, when the girl running from the killer keeps falling down over and over. Yeah, that one. Then the most humorous part was when she was trying to paint the killer's sister and friends in a bad light, and said they all got drunk, smoked weed, and snorted crack cocaine. First of all, no idiot snorts crack cocaine. Cocaine is what they snort, crack-cocaine is when the cocaine is cooked so that it can be smoked. Cocaine doesn't smoke well, and crack doesn't snort well. The kids might as well have snorted baking soda.
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