Abducted by Theresa Ragan

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Title: Adbucted
Series: The Lizzy Gardner Series
Author: Theresa Ragan
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Release Date: 2011
Format Read: Kindle
Pages: 357
Rating:4feathers

“Back of Book” Summary:

When Lizzy Gardner was only seventeen, what should have been the perfect night became the perfect nightmare. Kidnapped just blocks from home after a romantic evening with her boyfriend, Jared, she woke up to find herself at the mercy of a depraved serial killer. Imprisoned and tormented for months by the maniac she came to know as Spiderman, Lizzy narrowly escaped, the only one of his victims to survive. But Spiderman escaped too, outwitting police and cursing Lizzy to spend her life looking over her shoulder… Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a private investigator who teaches self-defense to teenage girls in her free time. She does what she can to help others protect themselves and to forget the horror of her ordeal, yet fears she will always be known as “the one who got away.” Then she receives a phone call from Jared, now a special agent for the FBI, with grim news. The killer has resurfaced, this time with a very specific target—Lizzy. And he’s made it clear that she will not escape him again. So begins a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, a terrifying, heart-pounding hunt that only one will survive.

My Review:

Abducted is a page-turner for sure. The main character Lizzy Gardner was abducted as a teenager by one of the most frightening villains I’ve come across in a long time. Lizzy was with him for two months before she managed to escape. Fourteen years later the serial killer is back and targeting everyone around Lizzy, the bad girl who got away. Obsessed with labeling teenage girls as ‘good’ girls and ‘bad’ girls -who smoke, do drugs, have boyfriends, or talk back to their parents- the killer goes after bad girls to teach them a lesson. The lesson is torture and ultimately a slow death in an inconspicuous suburban house. Lizzy Gardner is now a private detective and vows to find the killer named Spiderman before he can strike at her family. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned due to Spiderman’s web of horror he has spun around everyone in her life.

There is a fair amount of sadistic torture, but overall this book included just enough of it to make a truly scary story without being over-the-top gruesome. I think this is one of the differences between the ‘thriller/suspense’ and ‘horror’ genres. I rate this thriller 4 Feathers. It is a well thought out story with a great many character interconnections that add to the element of the horror in which one man was able to terrorize many. This book is the first in the Lizzy Gardner series. The second book in the series by T.R. Ragan, Dead Weight, has received great reviews. I look forward to reading it.

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