It Takes One

It Takes One

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"Deliciously twisted and genre-bending, Kate Kessler's positively riveting It Takes One boasts a knockout concept and a thoroughly unique and exciting protagonist, a savvy criminal psychologist with murderous skeletons in her own closet." -- Sara Blaedel

Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years.

Less than 24 hours later, her best friend is murdered.

Audrey is both the prime suspect and the only person who can solve the case. . .

It Takes One is the first in a brand new thriller series where a criminal psychologist uses her own dark past to help law enforcement catch dangerous killers.
Publisher: New York : Redhook, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316302500
Branch Call Number: FIC Kessl
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 21 cm

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LauraSteinert
Nov 10, 2017

Extremely well written story. Not a nail biter by any means, but thoughtful exploration of the characters and the circumstances of their lives. Bucking the trend for novels this century, Kessler did NOT puff up her book's page length with endless, meaningless detail--every word matters. (Really, such a treat.) Even more enjoyable is the fact that each character has a bearing on the events and are not distractions. Audrey, like Miss Marple, says only those who have never lived in one think small towns are safe, quite places, and when she comes home she is thrown back into the turmoil, gossip, and small town vendettas that drove her away in the first place. This is a "highly recommended" for anyone looking for literature (not fluff trying to pass its self off as lit.) or for a psychological investigation into family dynamics and a recent murder mystery tied to a long solved one.

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Yellagirlgc
Jun 16, 2017

I finished this book in a little over 24 hours with only a couple of hours of sleep. It was that good. Audrey Harte helped to kill her bestfriend Maggie's father. He'd been sexually abusing Maggie for years and Audrey wasn't the kind of girl to let it continue. Over a decade later Audrey is coming home for her mothers birthday celebration and Maggie is killed. Audrey is the first suspect.

The friendship between Audrey and Jake was special. All he was willing to give up to see her succeed. The mc's were great and the supporting characters were just as good. I felt like a friend along fir the dinners, parties and drinking. I loved it and sincerely hope thatvKate Kessler writes another Audrey Harte book. There are other murders she can help solve or more teenage murrderers for her to help.

agkersh May 07, 2016

It Takes One (Audrey Hart #1) by Kate Kessler is the start to a new series that was fast paced and had a multitude of plot twists. The main character, Audrey, was a juvenile murderer who now works with and studies juvenile murderers, a love interest, Jake, who is both sweet and ruthless, a murdered childhood friend, Maggie and small town with some very dysfunctional people.
A lot of serious issues are covered throughout the story and are handled very well by this author. Audrey is a strong female character who loves with all her heart, but also has a violent side that she had to learn to handle and control. She comes home after living in L.A. for seven years for her mother’s birthday and becomes the main suspect in the murder of her childhood friend. As she and Jake try to find out who is really responsible, we are introduced to a small town of suspects, gossips, alcoholics, sexual deviants and delinquents. This is not Mayberry.
Strong, realistic characters, crisp writing and a plot that keeps you guessing has me anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

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LauraSteinert
Nov 10, 2017

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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