Two Can Play by Kate Kessler

Posted April 3, 2017 by Minx

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

Two Can Play by Kate Kessler Two Can Play by Kate Kessler
Series: Audrey Harte #2
Also in this series:It Takes One (Audrey Harte, #1)
Also by this author: It Takes One (Audrey Harte, #1)
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Redhook
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0316302538
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Two Can Play is the second book in a new thriller series where a criminal psychologist uses her own dark past to help law enforcement catch dangerous killers.
Halloween is approaching, and criminal psychologist Audrey Harte has been hired by the prosecution to help prepare for the trial of 19-year-old serial killer Ian "Boy Scout" Monroe. His one surviving victim, Tori Scott, is the star witness, but when someone begins killing with Monroe's M.O., the authorities -- and Audrey -- begin to wonder if Monroe had a partner. Keeping Tori safe is the main concern, but Audrey has also attracted the copy-cat's attention.
Audrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and when someone close to her is abducted by the killer, Audrey has no choice but to play...
Audrey Harte novelsIt Takes OneTwo Can PlayThree Strikes


I loved It Takes One by Author Kate Kessler and have been seriously looking forward to reading Two Can Play. I hadn’t had the chance to buy it and when I came across this book at my local library I was thrilled. It seemed that now was the time to read this book.

Audrey Harte is back and she has been put in charge of the East Coast location of the Beharrie Center. She had been promoted to this position due to her notoriety from being outed for having killed someone at the age of thirteen. Having kept her past a secret since she left her small hometown behind Audrey had no clue that the information would make her so desirable in her profession. It made Audrey feel that she had to work harder to prove that she deserved her position not that she was gifted the position due to the recent sensationalism of the murder of her former best friend. Audrey also could not help but feel that the recent request for her to be the expert witness for the prosecution of serial killer “Boy Scout” Ian Monroe was more for publicity than for her expertise.

As the expert witness, Audrey was in charge of interviewing a few of the victims from Ian’s reign of terror. Two witnesses were from before he escalated to murder, when he was just a rapist. The last witness was the one that got away and landed Ian in prison. Talk about heart gripping conversations. It is always hard to envision the torture that victims endure but this book took things to an entirely new level. In addition, Audrey had been tasked with interviewing Ian Monroe at the Maine State Prison. His character was despicable as expected but through his interview it became obvious to Audrey that there were pieces missing to this story.

Since she was back in Maine it gave her an opportunity to see her childhood best friend and current love interest Jake. They had been having a long-distance relationship that so far had been working out alright. She was not going to be able to see him until the weekend but on her first night in town Audrey received a beautiful bouquet of roses that she assumed initially came from Jake, until she read the enclosed card. The message indicated that the flowers had come from someone who was writing about “letting the fun begin.” Not knowing who they would have come from Audrey had to assume that this was somehow related to the case she was currently on. What she didn’t know was just how far this game would go and that it would not end without a few dead bodies being left behind.

What I enjoyed: Jake and Audrey’s relationship was not so focused on the romance aspect as it was in the first book. Jake and Audrey are partners and he has his own role to play in solving the mystery of who is after Audrey. I liked that Audrey’s family was not forgotten in this book. There was a continuation of her family’s story and her relationship with them. It was heartwarming to see the healing that was taking place. I felt that the pacing of this story was fast and that the characters involved were developed and interesting.

What left me wanting: This is a thriller and it was hard to feel the “thrill” portion of the story when I saw the twist coming after the first third of the book. It just wasn’t hard for me to figure out. Although, the characters were psychotic, on so many levels, and interesting, just knowing who did it made finishing the story “meh” for me.

Was I glad that I read this installment of the Audrey Harte series? Yes! There were many elements involved than just that of the “thriller” portion, and it kept the story going far after I lost interest in the mystery. Will I continue this series? Honestly, I am not sure about that. I will just have to see the synopsis of the next book before I make any commitments. This book was good but it just lacked that “thrill” that I was hoping for.

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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