Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she’s going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with her boyfriend, Jared Shayne. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.
Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the ‘one who got away’. When she’s not searching for runaway teenagers, working on insurance scams, or talking to her therapist, she’s at the local high school teaching young girls to defend themselves. But her world is turned upside down for the second time after she receives a call from Jared Shayne. He’s an FBI special agent now and he needs her help. Lizzy has no plans to get involved. Not until Jared tells her the kidnapper left her a personalized note. – Goodreads Synopsis
Abducted was a solid book that treated the reader with respect. Nothing was spoon-fed, the characters were interesting, realistic(and sometimes utterly twisted), it kept you on your toes. The only bad thing I would say is it doesn’t have a strong re-readability factor, but what sort of mystery book really does, honestly?
The pace was steady, the characters were definitely believable, and there were no annoying tropes! One of the things I loved most about this book was the main character had issues and dealt with them. It wasn’t just glossed over. There’s really nothing I can complain about. While it wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read, it was a great piece of work.
Overall this was a fantastic read from T.R. Ragan! I may actually pick up another book in this series at some point. I think you’ll like it if you like thrillers that actually treat you like you’re an intelligent human being, and treats women like the strong, independent characters they can actually be. Lizzy is one of those characters you can quickly become attached to. So, definitely give her a try. You can buy Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series) on Amazon.