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.
What I liked: First, I can't remember who but another blogger recommended It Takes One to me. After reading the synopsis, I wasn't sure but I took a chance and WOW, I was blown away.
I live in a very small town and understand how the residents end up knowing each other's business but the scandal Audrey lives through and then flees is a doozy. The tension between the characters, the secrets still being kept after so many long years are all bubbling, and ready to explode. Audrey just doesn't want to be in the line of fire this time.
After a confrontation with Maggie, her former best friend, Audrey is the at the top of the suspect list in Maggie's murder. Audrey had hoped to leave her past behind, make a quick visit home at her mother's request, and get out before having too much interaction with Jake, the love of her life. Audrey with the help of Jake's grandmother was able to leave the small town and make something of herself. Will the current situation destroy all she's worked for, everything she's overcome or could the past finally be put to rest?
I adored the easy, complicated relationship between Audrey and Jake. You can feel the connection between them and how they really want to put the other first. In addition, all the relationships between friends, family and other characters jump off the page and make you feel exactly what each character is feeling. Hats off to Ms Kessler for the portrayal of all her characters!!
What I didn't like: I didn't have time not to like anything. It Takes One was too engrossing a read!
I'm not often thrown off the scent in a murder mystery, but while not completely blindsided, all the reasons and the actual killer was jaw dropping!!