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As head of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad, Agent Lucy Guardino has made a name for herself bringing the lowest of lowlifes to justice. Rapists, serial killers, pedophiles—she’s faced them all down with her signature grit and determination. But today is different. Because the man who has taken her prisoner has promised Lucy three things: that before this d As head of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad, Agent Lucy Guardino has made a name for herself bringing the lowest of lowlifes to justice. Rapists, serial killers, pedophiles—she’s faced them all down with her signature grit and determination. But today is different. Because the man who has taken her prisoner has promised Lucy three things: that before this day is over, she will be dead; that someone in her family will also die; and that he always wins. Trapped inside her worst nightmare, Lucy faces a ruthless killer as he plays Russian roulette with the lives of those she loves. Wounded and unarmed, how can Lucy defeat a psychopath who doesn’t play by any rules? After Shock is a heart-pounding, lightning-paced thrill ride that will leave readers breathless as they root for the ultimate superheroine next door.


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As head of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad, Agent Lucy Guardino has made a name for herself bringing the lowest of lowlifes to justice. Rapists, serial killers, pedophiles—she’s faced them all down with her signature grit and determination. But today is different. Because the man who has taken her prisoner has promised Lucy three things: that before this d As head of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad, Agent Lucy Guardino has made a name for herself bringing the lowest of lowlifes to justice. Rapists, serial killers, pedophiles—she’s faced them all down with her signature grit and determination. But today is different. Because the man who has taken her prisoner has promised Lucy three things: that before this day is over, she will be dead; that someone in her family will also die; and that he always wins. Trapped inside her worst nightmare, Lucy faces a ruthless killer as he plays Russian roulette with the lives of those she loves. Wounded and unarmed, how can Lucy defeat a psychopath who doesn’t play by any rules? After Shock is a heart-pounding, lightning-paced thrill ride that will leave readers breathless as they root for the ultimate superheroine next door.

30 review for After Shock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Morin

    Not exactly a happy ending. Very intense. Well written and kept me listening. I think at this point Lucy needs a full detail around both herself and her entire family. She has made a lot of enemies! Looking forward to the next installment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John W.

    Before I began reading AFTER SHOCK by C.J. Lyons, I knew it would not be a full Lucy Guardino novel. More is packed these 111 pages of Lucy's adventures than anyone will find in many other suspense stories. Lyons uses the flashback concept to walk the reader through the two time lines filled with suspense, unexpected twists and changes to Lucy’s mindset. At any given time, the readers know Lucy’s point of view on the case she is working and how the time constraints will affect Lucy’s family. We Before I began reading AFTER SHOCK by C.J. Lyons, I knew it would not be a full Lucy Guardino novel. More is packed these 111 pages of Lucy's adventures than anyone will find in many other suspense stories. Lyons uses the flashback concept to walk the reader through the two time lines filled with suspense, unexpected twists and changes to Lucy’s mindset. At any given time, the readers know Lucy’s point of view on the case she is working and how the time constraints will affect Lucy’s family. We see Lucy’s family at the center of every moment as Lucy shares what she is thinking. Lyons take the reader down the path with Lyons helping readers see Lucy’s focus on her family and her commitment to her job. These two commitments are the foundation of the story line. AFTER SHOCK involves us from the first sentence on the first page to the last word in the epilogue. Lyons brings her readers up to speed on the case closed by Lucy in the KILLING ZONE 15 months ago. The result of bringing down the drug cartel helped establish Lucy as head of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad. She established a reputation of facing down the lowlifes bringing them to justice. Lucy’s determination and perseverance helped with her career growth and helped her find more time to spend with her family It may have been the job visibility that brought her family life to the attention of some unsavory people. The plot builds suspense and mystery around her family and cases she has wrapped up. Lyons helps readers see Lucy’s family activity as an important part of her day. We see Lucy flashback, as she deals with finding a solution to her problem she visualizes her family gaining strength and determination to keep moving. Lyons gives readers via flashback an understanding of what Lucy has been through and how she deals with the problem. Not wanting to provide any spoilers with regards to what Lucy is going through, I am certain any reader of Lyons’ AFTER SHOCK, will find suspense, thrills, mystery, and chills running up and down their spine as they read the novel. Fans will find all sorts of excitement as they follow the story to the surprising conclusion. As I have mentioned, I enjoyed how Lyons tells her story from a fresh point of view made possible by use of the flashback time line. Lucy Guardino is truly challenged on each page. Lyons reminds her fans our Lucy is strong and has a will to win. It isn't a coincidence for Lyons to have psyched her fans into looking for and needing action and answers. We turn the last page and find we have lots of questions. Lyons makes it a point to tell us to put her next Lucy Guardino adventure THE HARD FALL on our wish list. As a longtime Guardino fan, I hope we won’t have to wait long for the release of THE HARD FALL. Some fans will want to hold their breath to see how long they have to wait to find out how Lucy and Nick resolve all the challenges they face. Lucy is fortunate she has a great family, and that is the main reason she will overcome the problems at hand. AFTER SHOCK is Lyons at her best. Like all Lyons’ Lucy Guardino books, the opening page hooks you and you keep turning until you get to the last page. Now we want to know what comes next. As a fan of Lucy's strong character, perseverance and creative thinking, I look to see Lucy and her FBI team prove they are smarter and can be one step ahead those villains and beat them at their own game. It will be worth the wait.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    From the very first page your heart is in your throat as you join with Lucy in a severe test of her will. The twists and turns keep on coming. This may be a novella, but it has more packed in it than a typical 300 pager. While Lucy and her family are familiar to readers, the new menace is dramatically different. I guarantee you will not be able to stop reading as Lucy careens from one peril to the next in a desperate effort to protect her family. Lyons' fertile imagination keeps delivering new a From the very first page your heart is in your throat as you join with Lucy in a severe test of her will. The twists and turns keep on coming. This may be a novella, but it has more packed in it than a typical 300 pager. While Lucy and her family are familiar to readers, the new menace is dramatically different. I guarantee you will not be able to stop reading as Lucy careens from one peril to the next in a desperate effort to protect her family. Lyons' fertile imagination keeps delivering new and different adventures. As in all her books, the reader is captured, captivated and emotionally drained as the action continues. It is well worth your time to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    This novella is PACKED. Don't miss it if you're a Cj - Lucy Guardino series fan like I almost did! It wasn't offered by my usual Barnes and Noble (on my nook), but when I checked the authors website, I was happy to find a link to the Kindle store! Whew! ;) This novella is PACKED. Don't miss it if you're a Cj - Lucy Guardino series fan like I almost did! It wasn't offered by my usual Barnes and Noble (on my nook), but when I checked the authors website, I was happy to find a link to the Kindle store! Whew! ;)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Aftershock, a novella, is the 4th book in the Lucy Guardino series, but the first one that I've read. Fortunately, as a newbie, I had no problem catching up with the characters as the action progresses – and I mean “action”, as the author jumps right into the middle of the short timeframe in which this book is set. (There were a few things that might serve as spoilers for previous books when I get to them, but that is to be expected when you read a series out of order.) Ms. Lyons jumps back and f Aftershock, a novella, is the 4th book in the Lucy Guardino series, but the first one that I've read. Fortunately, as a newbie, I had no problem catching up with the characters as the action progresses – and I mean “action”, as the author jumps right into the middle of the short timeframe in which this book is set. (There were a few things that might serve as spoilers for previous books when I get to them, but that is to be expected when you read a series out of order.) Ms. Lyons jumps back and forth between “then” and “now” as she describes the capture and attempted escape of Ms. Guardino. I found this to be somewhat distracting at the start of the book, but became comfortable with it once I'd set up both the “captured” and “trying to escape” scenes in my mind. (Still, my mind functions better with straight linear plotlines – as such, rather than “ding” ms. Lyons, I give the author credit for not losing me during these time flips!) It's tough to tell a complete story in 111 pages. Ms. Lyons almost manages to squeeze a novel into this timeframe. Almost. Subplots – subtleties of all types, for that matter – get short shrift. Characterization, surprisingly, may be abbreviated but is not ignored. Unfortunately, some mystery still remains at the end of the book – I found this frustrating as heck. (I'd describe, but there is no way to do that without putting some major spoilers into this review.) RATING: 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    DeeAnn Garner Williams

    I love the Lucy Guardino series. Lucy is tough on the bad guys but loves and protects those around her. Will she be able to save/protect one of the people she loves? Lucy’s morning starts out like every morning but before she can even get into her car, everything changes and life as Lucy knows it will never be the same. She is kidnapped by a psychopath who wants to hurt and punish her. Will Lucy be able to free herself from her captor before the time-frame he gave her and save one of her loved on I love the Lucy Guardino series. Lucy is tough on the bad guys but loves and protects those around her. Will she be able to save/protect one of the people she loves? Lucy’s morning starts out like every morning but before she can even get into her car, everything changes and life as Lucy knows it will never be the same. She is kidnapped by a psychopath who wants to hurt and punish her. Will Lucy be able to free herself from her captor before the time-frame he gave her and save one of her loved ones? He told Lucy that someone she loves will die first and then he’d return for Lucy and make sure she suffers before she dies and he always wins. This story will keep you riveted to see if Lucy can even escape from the crazy man or people who have her. It’s a riveting story full of suspense and excitement; you won’t be able to put the book down. I highly recommend you read this book as well as the other C.J. Lyons books. She is a very talented author!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gina Basham

    I love the character Lucy and all the troubles she finds herself in. The book starts fast paced and doesn't let up. I'm writing this review assuming readers are familiar with the Lucy Guardino series, which you should be before you read this novella. I am sure other readers will concur that we can't get enough and this was a Lucy teaser. Another great CJ Lyons read. I love the character Lucy and all the troubles she finds herself in. The book starts fast paced and doesn't let up. I'm writing this review assuming readers are familiar with the Lucy Guardino series, which you should be before you read this novella. I am sure other readers will concur that we can't get enough and this was a Lucy teaser. Another great CJ Lyons read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I'm typically not a fan of novellas and this one was no exception. I only read it because it seemed to give quite a bit of info to set up the next book. Yeah, it only took me about an hour to read it, but I still wish novellas weren't a thing. I'm typically not a fan of novellas and this one was no exception. I only read it because it seemed to give quite a bit of info to set up the next book. Yeah, it only took me about an hour to read it, but I still wish novellas weren't a thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Steinmetz

    WOW!!! Ok, normally I skip novellas. Typically they are too short to tell a good story. This 'story's wasn't a good story, it was a hair raising, out of breath and heart racing heck of a GREAT story! This Novella had my stomach in knots, like I was riding an out of control rollercoaster!! The twists left me holding my breath and the turns had me yelping all the while begging for more!! Lucy is one bad a$S soccer mom, wife and NTM FBI Agent!! I hope CJ keeps this family slaying the bad guys long af WOW!!! Ok, normally I skip novellas. Typically they are too short to tell a good story. This 'story's wasn't a good story, it was a hair raising, out of breath and heart racing heck of a GREAT story! This Novella had my stomach in knots, like I was riding an out of control rollercoaster!! The twists left me holding my breath and the turns had me yelping all the while begging for more!! Lucy is one bad a$S soccer mom, wife and NTM FBI Agent!! I hope CJ keeps this family slaying the bad guys long after FBI SSA Lucy Guardino retires..Meghan is DEFINITELY her mother's daughter (wink, wink)...Meghan vs Morgan, then the 2 coming to an understanding, something like Jenna. Meghan leaves for Quantico for training to enter the FBI. While Morgan secretly vowing to have Meghan's back to take on the villains of Pittsburgh???????? Oh the endless possibilities The Great CJ Lyons could masterfully create to keep her readers up ALL night, calling in sick from work, staying home from their own child's soccer game just to finish 'this book'..until it's time to start the next one. I LOVE IT!!!! You keep them coming CJ and I'll keep reading! To CJ: Much respect, health, happiness and time to write! From a recently new lifelong fan and reader

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Wow!! Lots of Story Packed in a Novella Lucy. Lucy. Lucy. What kind of maniac is mad at you this time? Taking an FBI SSA, threatening her, threatening all she holds in her heart. Stupid maniac. Threaten Lucy, not those she loves. Not a good thing to threaten Lucyʼs family. Those promises you make Lucy? The family motto is donʼt make promises you can't keep. As a novella, this rocks. All the thrills and chills you expect from a Guardino/Callahan experience. There's only one manaic (?), but he's a doo Wow!! Lots of Story Packed in a Novella Lucy. Lucy. Lucy. What kind of maniac is mad at you this time? Taking an FBI SSA, threatening her, threatening all she holds in her heart. Stupid maniac. Threaten Lucy, not those she loves. Not a good thing to threaten Lucyʼs family. Those promises you make Lucy? The family motto is donʼt make promises you can't keep. As a novella, this rocks. All the thrills and chills you expect from a Guardino/Callahan experience. There's only one manaic (?), but he's a doozie. One of Lucyʼs tics is gone. Because it is so short, this is only Lucy and her family. Shows the chops Ms. Lyons has with regard to the main characters in this series. Brava!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Lucy is a soccer mom with a glock. She is a bad-ass FBI agent. Lucy’s morning starts out like every morning but before she can even get into her car, everything changes as she is kidnapped by a psychopath. Lucy struggles to free herself from her captor to save one of her loved ones. The psycho told Lucy that someone she loves will die first and then he’d return for Lucy and make sure she suffers before she dies and he always wins. This story will keep you riveted to see if Lucy can even escape f Lucy is a soccer mom with a glock. She is a bad-ass FBI agent. Lucy’s morning starts out like every morning but before she can even get into her car, everything changes as she is kidnapped by a psychopath. Lucy struggles to free herself from her captor to save one of her loved ones. The psycho told Lucy that someone she loves will die first and then he’d return for Lucy and make sure she suffers before she dies and he always wins. This story will keep you riveted to see if Lucy can even escape from the crazy man or people who have her. It’s not your typical Lucy Guardino novel, but the story is still full of suspense and excitement;

  12. 4 out of 5

    Girven K

    Wow and double WOW I love the cannot put it down action and suspense. When my wife would say, dinner is ready, I would reply I’ll be right there as soon as I get to a stopping place! You made it hard to find a place to stop . I have lived through dark place’s fighting for our country and looking back I too was looking for a stopping place. It has come for me, peace and quiet while I read and help “LUCY” push through each day of her life. You have a marvelous writing talent & writing style! ... I Wow and double WOW I love the cannot put it down action and suspense. When my wife would say, dinner is ready, I would reply I’ll be right there as soon as I get to a stopping place! You made it hard to find a place to stop . I have lived through dark place’s fighting for our country and looking back I too was looking for a stopping place. It has come for me, peace and quiet while I read and help “LUCY” push through each day of her life. You have a marvelous writing talent & writing style! ... I will read on and live on unless I have a heart attack trying to help LUCY push through another adventure while I look for a stopping place. 😎😀👍

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Fish

    Novellas never read them Never thought novellas were worth reading to few pages. Well how wrong was I read three chapters fell asleep awoke at 4.55 book on my mind. Finished at 6.30 am absolutely brilliant the way the story was written and unfolded kept me expecting more and wasn't disappointed. One story not to be missed. A novella turn coat. Novellas never read them Never thought novellas were worth reading to few pages. Well how wrong was I read three chapters fell asleep awoke at 4.55 book on my mind. Finished at 6.30 am absolutely brilliant the way the story was written and unfolded kept me expecting more and wasn't disappointed. One story not to be missed. A novella turn coat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It was a quick short book. I liked the main character. The one thing I didn’t really liked was jumping back and forth. I plan on reading more in the series. Another book i ready from my library mystery and thriller tablet. I read books I never likely picked up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucille H. Brannan

    My View Really like good mysteries and this writer never fails to hold your attention. Her characters become real , the story line grabs and the mystery grabs the reader within first couple of chapters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    julie cairns

    Disappointing after the first three novels - found it 2 dimensional. I found the style of this novella a little stilted and it didn't draw me in as the first three novels had. Not sure why the author chose to write this one. Disappointing after the first three novels - found it 2 dimensional. I found the style of this novella a little stilted and it didn't draw me in as the first three novels had. Not sure why the author chose to write this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bernie

    After Shock is the fourth book in the Lucy Guardino F. B. I. Thriller series written by author C. J. Lyons.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Thriller! This adventure of Lucy Guardino really keeps you on your toes. The switching from present to past tense makes for an especially tense read. I really enjoyed it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maz Tucker

    Great short story I really love Lucy Guardino, a strong tough woman, this story shows her weaknesses, and how she over comes them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Faye Mathews

    Great Very good. Could not put this down until the very last word. You'll love it as much as I did. Great Very good. Could not put this down until the very last word. You'll love it as much as I did.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ela tovella

    Wow! Never disappointed with CJ or Lucy! I Can't wait for the next one! This FBI series is one of my favorites! Wow! Never disappointed with CJ or Lucy! I Can't wait for the next one! This FBI series is one of my favorites!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Addie

    My second CJ Lyons book just today! I cannot get enough of these amazing books! So entertaining and I love how the author’s medical background sort of weaves into her books!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Very good Not my favorite of her books but very well written. Very suspenseful. And I love that it goes back and forth in time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda D. Keenan

    Didn't like format Started to skip the before sections after the third or fourth times. The now sections were really good. Looking forward to The next I the series. Didn't like format Started to skip the before sections after the third or fourth times. The now sections were really good. Looking forward to The next I the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Hankins

    Fight Lucy is a fighter she doesn't give up no matter the circumstance. She had an experience that had changed her life,but she will survive Fight Lucy is a fighter she doesn't give up no matter the circumstance. She had an experience that had changed her life,but she will survive

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

    Short but excellent and heartbreaking!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jackalin S Keatley

    Quick read! Very good I enjoy this series a lot. Good writing. Fast paced story but adds to series. Looking forward to next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Neena Christianson Martin

    Choices Lucy has been kidnapped and her captor is all about making her choose different life and death decisions that will impact her family for years to come.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol McMillan

    Exciting! Very good! I have read the previous ones in this series and now , I'm ready for the next one. Exciting! Very good! I have read the previous ones in this series and now , I'm ready for the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I love Lucy Guardino books! A soccer mom with a glock! Not your average mom Lucy was an FBI agent with an impressive case solving record. Lucy begins a new era to her life with the Beacon Group. Lucy was forced to leave the FBI for her family's safety and an injury she received on her last case. Her skills as an FBI agent will help her lead a group of amature cold case investagators with an impressive record of success. Her first day with the Beacon Group she is quickly thrown in the thick of a I love Lucy Guardino books! A soccer mom with a glock! Not your average mom Lucy was an FBI agent with an impressive case solving record. Lucy begins a new era to her life with the Beacon Group. Lucy was forced to leave the FBI for her family's safety and an injury she received on her last case. Her skills as an FBI agent will help her lead a group of amature cold case investagators with an impressive record of success. Her first day with the Beacon Group she is quickly thrown in the thick of a 29 year old cold case. TK a female Marine who suffers from PTSD resents the new hot shot boss. Wash the resident tech guru operates his magic from his wheelchair. Tommy an older pediatric doctor who handles the medical or pathology records. Lucy wonders about her new group fearing their inexperience will hinder her ability to make this work. A family was murdered 29 years ago and the group is hired to find out if the person in prison for the murders is really the guilty party. Trusting TK to do the job she tells her to do and wondering is she will have her back are big concerns. This fast paced thriller keeps your interest right from the beginning. A new cast of characters for Lucy to work with and learn to trust. You can never go wrong with CJ Lyons and any Lucy Guardino book! I have read them all. I know that this new series will continue to keep us interested and wanting more. I won't spoil the twists and turns of this book as there are many but tell you not to pass up this series! A big Thank you to CJ Lyons, and the publishers for letting me read this book free for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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