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The Enemy We Know (A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery #1)

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Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own.

When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shake
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published March 1st 2011)
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Vicki
I started this book on my lunch break and figured I'd take 2-3 days to finish it. WRONG! The story sucked me in and I had to finish it before I could go to sleep! Writing reviews is not one of my best things... I don't want to spoil it for anyone! Maybe it's enough just to say I'll be recommending this book to my friends.
Geraldine Evans
Counsellor Letty Whittaker thinks it’s just a normal day at the office, until Carrie’s abusive partner Wayne shows up. With a hunting knife. After threatening Letty, he makes his escape when the police turn up.

Then the frightening messages start – Shakespearean sonnets about love and lust. Letty realises Wayne is rapidly turning into a stalker.

Then Wayne is murdered, but the strange happenings that Letty had been experiencing continue. Then she realises that the police regard her as a suspect in
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Coral
Being stalked while sober is a %^&$*! Letty has problems - she's a dang good counselor that has just admitted she has a problem and started AA. She also started a frowned on relationship with a successful Realtor she just met in AA. And a client's boyfriend just busted into her office wielding a knife and demanding to know where Letty has hidden his girlfriend. A well-written mystery that keeps you turning the pages until the end.

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Jackie Faye
It had promise, but ultimately failed to deliver. The Enemy We Know follows the story of Letty, a psychologist and recovering alcoholic, who is stalked and threatened by a client of hers.

What the novel got right was illustrating the struggle of an alcoholic on the lifelong road to recovery. Glaser does a fantastic job of showing how Letty's decision to get sober conflicts with the siren song of alcohol during the stressful events in her life. It isn't a subject that is portrayed very often, but
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Grace Krispy
I really enjoyed this book. From the dramatic beginning of this story to the well-paced unfolding of events, I was pulled into Letty's life. Letty herself is relatable and interesting. An alcoholic in the beginning stages of recovery, she has a strength mingled with vulnerability that makes her approachable and gives her character an honest and open feel. The characters were sufficiently developed, although I felt like I could have gotten to know some of them a bit more (especially some of the o ...more
Katy
Apr 06, 2012 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries
Recommended to Katy by: Donna White Glaser
Shelves: ebook
Book Details: Genre: Cozy Mystery, a Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mystery Reading age: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professiona
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April
Letty is a fantastic character, a therapist struggling to keep her professional life professional and her personal life sober.

New to AA, Letty is on a path of regaining control of her addiction to alcohol, but a stalker aims to trip her up at every step. The strength of this character is that she relies on her humor to make the best of the situation, to get her through hard times. It's also a double-edged sword because it helps her deflect from the very real danger she is in.

Author Glaser kept m
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Beth
This is a GREAT book by a new author. I read the reviews on GR and Amazon, and decided to give this book a try. Ordered it on Kindle and had it in my lap within the minute. This is a fast-paced mystery with equal parts terror, romance, humor, and terror a la humor. Glaser weaves a tight story sans holes that keeps the reader wondering who done it until near the end. Glaser has created a very likeable main character, Letty, who is facing her own personal demons (who isn't?) but who tackles life h ...more
Michelle


Letty has enough challenges to deal with in her life but there is still room for a crazed admirer. I found this book quite good. It kept me interested enough to stay with it when I am very busy and would probably have easily given up on a book had it not caught my interest.
Julie
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.

What I liked most was the "voice" of Letty Whittaker. The book is written in first-person, so the character of Letty really shines through. There are two things I really like about this character. First is her very human nature. She's a therapist who is also an alcoholic (hence, the 12-step mystery). She struggles with sobriety like any recovering alcoholic. Any bump makes her salivate for alcohol - and there are plenty of bump
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Gina
Goodreads Description- Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and th ...more
P.T.
I won this book through the Goodreads Firstreads giveaway and I am so happy I did! Just finished it and wow, what an excellent book!

Our girl Letty is a funny, smart, successful psychotherapist with two problems: 1. she's a recovering alcoholic, and 2. she's the target of a client's scary boyfriend. But when the scary boyfriend turns up dead, her problem doesn't end, oh no, it is just beginning.

Like all good mysteries, the book will have you turning the pages with great anticipation til the end.
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Sheri
The Enemy We Know (A Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery #1)
By Donna White Glaser

Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker is trying to help one of her patients get away from an abusive boyfriend (Wayne). Then the boyfriend turns on Letty taunting her and causing havoc in her life. He turns up dead and Letty is the first one the suspect list.

I really liked Letty, she is flawed, she is newly sober and in AA, struggling to remain sober while coping with the stress of her job. The story is fast paced and origi
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Nancy Adams
A winning combination of humor and suspense with a good helping of romance, this debut mystery will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers from those who like cozies to those who like it medium-boiled. Therapist Letty Whittaker faces a violent attack by one of her clients followed by his creepy stalking with grit and wit. She's an appealing protagonist, sympathetic yet flawed, easy to root for and identify with. I also loved her adopted feline, Siggy (short for Sigmund Freud), who adds humor of h ...more
Alannah Davis
Letty Whittaker is a psychotherapist with hellish old childhood memories and a new start in life as a freshly recovering alcoholic. As if life isn't shaky enough, she's attacked by one of her patients, who turns out to also be the boyfriend of another patient she's counseling. Before long, the guy is stalking her. What's she supposed to do when he ends up in her AA meeting? And ends up dead?

To be honest, I almost put this down permanently within the first few chapters. Not that it had a slow sta
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Jeffrey Newman


Wow! I am more into paranormal mysteries but I have to admit this was a great read. I was totally shocked by the outcome and how the story twisted in so many places, yet remained in tact so it was exciting and easy to follow. What a protagonist; Letty had no special talents so the reader knows no more than she does as the events unfold. Mysterious irony at its fullest. Cannot wait to read the next in the series when it is out. Kudos to the author!
Melissa
Great read for fans of Sue Grafton. I rarely - VERY RARELY - give 5 stars, but I enjoyed this book that much! I didn't always agree with Letty's actions, but the fast pace of the book kept me reading for hours at a time.
Sophia V.
I'm relatively new to Good Reads and I've never reviewed a book yet, but I felt compelled to write something about this one Although I figured out who the killer was early on, I kept reading to know for sure. The pace had my heart racing the entire time. I had to stay up until 2:45 am to finish! Excellent read and I will definitely read the rest of the Letty Whittaker series.
Breia
I did not find this book to be well written or mysterious or thrilling or funny. I thought the story was OK but not entirely new and the writing was pretty juvenile, especially with the main character being a professional. I skimmed the last half after slogging through the first half. The book was entirely too long as well and could use a good pairing down.
A.B. Shepherd
Letty Whittaker is a therapist and a recovering alcoholic. She's also being stalked by the abusive boyfriend of one of her patients after he threatened her at knife-point. Or at least she thinks it is him. But is it?

This is an excellent psychological thriller with likable and relatable characters. A real page turner! I loved it.
Lynn
This book is a great story and exactly what I enjoy in a mystery...periods of turn paging suspense, a surprise of 'whodunit', and just enough 'eww' factor. Characters the reader cares about and are interesting are also a plus for this book. I will be very happy when a second Letty book comes out.
Christine Lowe
The Enemy We Know

If you've ever been to a 12 Step Meeting, you will feel right at home reading this book. If you've never been to a 12 Step Meeting, you may learn something that could help you or someone else.

Donna White Glaser has a strong voice that is softened by humor. She tells her story with a thorough understanding of how alcoholics operate. She does this while writing a good, fast paced mystery as well.This is a combination that works on both levels.

I gave this book 5 stars because it wa
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Toni Spalding
Very entertaining; keeps you guessing....

Very entertaining; keeps you guessing....

In addition to getting a glimpse into the life of a therapist and the differing personalities of those in that career field, the main character and most of her friends are support members of AA, giving the reader also a bit of insight into the complexities of having a normal....whatever that means...life as a recovering alcoholic, living in a world where everything is celebrated with drink. Then there are the issue
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Allison Wright
I really enjoyed this book and read it in it's entirely in two days. I love a book that keeps you turning pages and debated on whether to give this book four or five stars. By the time I reached the end, I settled on four stars because, with it's wackiness and slightly over-the-top ending, I just couldn't in good conscience give it a fifth star and put it on the same pedestal as the great work of literature I've read in the past. I will say I mostly enjoyed the author's use of AA without being e ...more
Shannon Sawyer hollenbeck
The author has a really interesting writing style. She weaves a really good tale with plenty of interesting twists. However where this book truly stands out is in the characters and the way the author slyly slips in unobtrusive bits of sarcastic humor (my favorite kind. she it at just the right time and in just the right way to lend a decent amount of realism to the story.

Now I was leaning hard towards the bad guy about halfway through but she dropped enough hints to make me doubt my pick a few
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Jennifer
This book was a pleasant surprise - a fast paced mystery/thriller with a realistic heroine written for adults. Letty, the main character, is a flawed professional counselor with her own demons and an independent streak. Ms. Glaser gives us a glimpse into Letty's world, populated by multi dimensional characters, AA slogans and the sometimes difficult interplay between co-workers. Ms. Glaser highlights her solid writing style with an occasional burst of brilliant prose, which made reading a pleasu ...more
Sherrie Emerson
Jul 08, 2011 Sherrie Emerson is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
DONE AND EXCELLENT Great Job Donna, can't wait to read the next one.
Cindy
Not sure what to think after finishing the book. I wanted to like it, and thought that the twist at the end was good...I just can't pinpoint what I didn't like...I couldn't really connect which Letty. Maybe the name, I know, weird, but it just doesn't seem like a likely name for this type of story...the plot was good. Maybe it just didn't connect from the title of the book to the sonnets? It's a good read to pass the time and would recommend for a rainy day when you are at home bored. Didn't int ...more
Keith Nixon
Letty Whittaker, a psychotherapist, is threatened in her office by a drunk, deranged patient, Wayne, who is angry with Letty for trying to persuade his girlfriend to get out of their abusive relationship. Wayne then subjects Letty to increasing and varied harassment as he blames her for the predicaments in his personal life.

Letty, however, has a secret herself. She is a reforming alcoholic and she struggles to keep this from her employers whilst undergoing the twelve-step programme. She’s also i
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Anita F Napier
The hapless alcoholic thrust into the role of investigator. She has issues and the people around her has issues. I never did find out what was wrong with the timeline although both she and another character felt something was off. There was just enough humor to laugh out-loud while at the same time shouting "get a life." I did thoroughly enjoy reading the book and trying to determine which of the issue-bound characters was the stalker and the killer.
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Donna White Glaser is the author of the Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series. Like her main character, Donna is a psychotherapist and lives northwestern Wisconsin. As if that weren’t enough, she and her husband own a residential construction company where it’s Donna’s job to deal with any overly emotional, what-do-you-mean-you-can’t-put-roof-trusses-up-in-a-thunderstorm? clients. Strangely enoug ...more
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