It Takes One

It Takes One

An Audrey Harte Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Redhook, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316302500
Branch Call Number: KESS
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 22 cm


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May 27, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, the first in a new series. I loved the setting, I enjoyed the not so perfect characters. The main character is Audrey Harte, convicted killer and criminal psychologist. An unusual combination to say the least.

May 24, 2018

This honesty took me places I wasnt expecting it to go. The twists held off untill just the right moments. Look forward to more of the series.

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.

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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Nov 10, 2017

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