It Takes One by Kate Kessler

Posted April 26, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

It Takes One by Kate Kessler It Takes One (Audrey Harte, #1) by Kate Kessler
Series: Audrey Harte #1
Also in this series:Two Can Play
Also by this author: Two Can Play
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Redhook
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 416
ISBN: 0316302503
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Minx's Rating:

They say there are no secrets in a small town...

Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She'll have to face the whispers and the rumors that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's abusive father.

Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Audrey can't believe it can get worse.

Then Maggie turns up dead.

Now, Audrey has to find out who the murderer is - before everyone decides that she is to blame. And before the murderer can set their sights on her.

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.


Wow, this book was mesmerizing and comes with a warning….*readers with a history of sexual abuse, violence or a sensitivity to it may find this book difficult.*

Our heroine, Audrey Harte, was placed in an unbelievable position as a young child. After trying to get help for her young friend, they decided to take matters into their young hands. Kill the man who was forcing his twelve-year-old daughter into sexual relations with him. I know what you are thinking, “ummm yes, he deserved to die!” Rightly so, but the beauty of this story is that the murder of Clint is a backdrop to the overall story.

The author has really outdone herself on the portrayal of the different kinds of people you would expect in a small town. She makes the story feel very realistic and would resonate with those who grew up in a small town. In her search to find the murderer, we get experience the beautiful mess that is Audrey. We get to feel the story through her flashbacks, insights, and personal journey. We come to understand Maggie in a way that is frightening and so very tragic. Jake is a sublime element to the story. A real good guy that is a “bad boy”.

The plot is full of many twists, turns and even romance. The psychological observations are quite detailed and truthful. The “who done it” of it all will keep you engaged and emotionally involved. I will say that for anyone who enjoys reading a good mystery, you may figure out the murderer before you want to know BUT you will not guess the explanation behind the motive. Worth the read! Prepare yourself to be completely drawn it to this story because it is a page-turner.

*Thank you to Redhook Books & NetGalley for this ARC of It Takes One*

About Kate Kessler

Author Kate Kessler

Kate Kessler is a former juvenile delinquent who grew up in a north-east rural town where sorrows and celebrations are shared, and secrets are hard to keep — especially if they belong to someone else.

She began reading Nancy Drew mysteries and graduated to Sidney Sheldon’s intrigue-fueled thrillers by age eleven. She was writing her own books by age 12.

A peculiar addiction to soap operas at a young age, and an overblown sense of curiosity often resulted in landing her in trouble, an affliction that continued into her teens.

These days, however, she prefers to write about trouble rather than jump head first into it. Kate also spends far too much time trying to figure out why people do the things they do, and shopping for shoes.

She lives in New England with her patient and supportive husband and four cats, who provide all the external drama her life needs.

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