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It Takes One

(Audrey Harte #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,790 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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 Maggi
Paperback, 395 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Redhook
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Skyler Autumn
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Stars

It Takes One was not bad in fact I plan to continue the series but even though I enjoyed the read and am eager to read the next one in the series there is no mistaken that this debut has some massive holes.

This novel was a little flippant with the handling of topics like sexual abuse, child molestation, incest, and murder. It takes away from the darkness when such tragedies are discussed in the same manner as one would converse about the weather or what you are doing for the holidays.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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
Krystin Rachel
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“Doing a bad thing doesn’t make you a bad person. People do bad things for the right reasons all the time.”

Audrey Hart left Edgeport years ago after being released from the local juvie, Stillwater, for killing her best friend, Maggie's, father when they were teenagers. She doesn't regret it for a second - Maggie's father was a daughter-raping piece of shit and killing him - and the consequences that followed - have made Audrey who she is today: a successful child psych
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Audrey Harte hasn't been home to visit in years. After finishing college to become a criminal psychologist she moved out to L.A. and has been involved in a T.V. show profiling young criminals. Audrey herself did time in a youth facility when she was younger after she and her friend Maggie had killed Maggie's abusive father. The time in lock up gave Audrey the motivation and drive to want to be able to help other young people in her life but it also caused the friendship between the two to drift ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Audrey Harte is a criminal psychologist that is on a show about kid killers. She has a wonderful life going and THEN she goes back home after seven years for her moms birthday. Audrey did see her mom when she invited her out of town for a visit along with Audrey's brother David. Audrey is not on good terms with her sister Jessica and she's tentative with her father.

You see, when Audrey was a teen she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's f
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book through netgalley.

Would you kill to protect someone you love?
Audrey Hart is a criminal psychologist. She has a Ph.D , she is a regular guest at a popular TV show. She achieved her dream of getting out of Edgeport, and made something of herself, moved to L.A where no one knew what she did, no one whispered behind her back. Now, after seven years, as a birthday present to her mother, she is back for the first time after she left for college. What greets her is every
This was a mixed bag for me. The first few chapters had me convinced I was in for one heck of a read - dark, twisted and maybe even a little different, but somewhere around the halfway mark my feelings shifted. It started to feel like overkill. Too many ideas and too many messed up people, all thrown into one story.

Audrey’s cynical personality and the discovery that she bludgeoned her best friend Maggie’s abusive father provided the initial punch of shock I needed to invest myself in the story.
Debra Komar
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's hard to put a finger on precisely what is wrong with this story. One obvious thing is that the writing has a juvenile slant to it. That is not to say the prose is childish, but rather the "voice" seems to be that of a very young person, even though the narrator is an educated woman, a psychiatrist. The exchanges between characters are mean-spirited and high-schoolish in tone. The emotions are superficial and underdeveloped. The character's understanding of psychology is very rudimentary. No ...more
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have very mixed feelings about some things presented in this book, but it was really enjoyable and I loved the small-town Maine setting. It took a while for me to get into it as a crime novel, but I loved it from the beginning as a fucked-up dramatic novel. I also hate myself for buying into the alpha-maleness of this novel. *DEEP SIGH*

Longer review when I get back from my trip next week!
Chris Conley
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heavy!! Well done and lots of surprises...sad characters who, hopefully in future books, may find a way to a better life. Audrey is an incredibly complex character.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Cynthia Corral
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I REALLY enjoyed this book, and am now a huge fan of Audrey Harte (and Kate Kessler).

The mystery was good and the killer was believable. I did guess the killer about halfway through, but it was only a guess and I never did figure out the motive until it was revealed. There was no big confession from "the bad guy" at the end, it was all solved in a totally believable manner. I guess I don't really buy the suggested sentencing, but that's a minor point.

What made this one stand out for me was the c
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent book. There were so many plot twists and it dealt with so many issues. The suspects were numerous, although because of past experience they only dealt with one for the most part.

I just can't say enough about how good this book was. Childhood memories, small town secrets, bad reputations that never go away, childhood frustrations that come roaring back and showing their ugly face, nosy neighbor that can't let things alone and just history that should be forgotten
Victoria Stolte
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! This one had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing through out! Would you murder for someone you love? Audree and Maggie were the best of friends and when Audree finds that Maggie is being abused they take matters into their own hands. What happens after that? Were they able to move past it all and find their HEA? Not really but you will have to read it to find out how that night affected them and those around them. I think it moved at a really good pace and it was hard to guess ex ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
The second mystery I read this year and already, I'm disappointed. I'm also angry, which is not necessarily an unusual reaction for me to have when I hate a book, but in this case, I'm angry not because I wasted my time, but because of what happens in this book. Maybe I should go to whatever anger management therapy Audrey doesn't go to. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I guess the first sign that I wasn't going to totally love this book was the writing. It's rough, to say the least. You can tell
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would you kill for someone you love?

You’d think if you read a book before you would get through it again quickly 😂. While I still love this book for the same reasons I had the first time around, reading it again made me see things I’ve missed that I wouldn’t normally enjoyed. There were flaws, some things weren’t very believable and every character just had to have issues. It made the story unnecessarily bulky. But ahhhh I still liked this, especially Jake and Audrey 😩❤️. I’ll pick up the second
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, netgalley
*3.5 stars

This started off great with the promise of a good thriller. I really enjoyed the first half. It had a wonderful set-up with Audrey and her friend Maggie having killed Maggie's father when they were children. How both of them grew up with that and forged their own way, was both quite different from each other. There was also a little secret between them and what exactly happened that particular night. It was great and I liked the suspense of finding out. The only problem I really had wi
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I saw the description for this book, I knew I had to read it.

I loved this book. It was creepy, with lots of twists. Audrey was awesome. By far one of my favorite main characters. She was real.

All the characters in this book were well done. The story line was realistic, the setting was realistic, the people were realistic. Some parts of this book were hard to deal with, anyone with a history of sexual abuse or rape
Patricia Romero
Audrey Harte is a Criminal Psychologist, working in Los Angeles, specializing in kids who kill.
It's a topic she is all too familiar with and would rather forget, but when she returns home to Maine for a short visit, the past not only comes back to haunt her, it could be repeating itself

As a child, Audrey and her best friend, Maggie, killed Maggie's abusive father..
After that their lives took very different turns and when another death happens soon after Audrey's return home all eyes are on her.
Sarah Abbasi
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I don’t think this was a bad read, but it would’ve helped if I liked any of the characters. I’m all for characters having flaws but this brought out the snob in me. It would be like… let’s see.. when you hear about how the guy you went to high school with is making meth in his bathtub and married to a toothless hooker and suddenly you feel pretty darn good about yourself.
This novel takes place in a trashy town, full of trashy people, that do trashy things. Drugs, screwing, incest, rape, minding
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unhauled
Audrey Harte is my new favorite mystery heroine and Edgeport is the type of little white-trash town that I adore and grew up in. I’m so glad I read this book and can’t wait to continue on with the series, because there were quite a few things this story did really well.

The plot of the book was fast-paced and intriguing. From the moment we’re introduced to Audrey on the set of a documentary-style talk show about murderous minors, we’re thrust into a world filled with violence and corruption. Audr
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the inconsistencies,the character development saved the rating. Thrillers are my favorite genre,thus I do not round ratings,however I did like the character if Audrey. I felt she had a conflicted past,it seemed like she was innocent until proven guilty. Returning to her hometown brought back many memories and familiar strangers.

It was hard to rate this novel cause it had great potential. Yet I skimmed quite a bit thus it was not four star worthy. If I am mistaken this is the first book
Lolly's Library
Audrey Harte is a murderer. When she was just thirteen, she and her best friend, Maggie, killed Maggie's abusive father. But while Audrey used her punishment as a way to make herself better, Maggie never did. Now a respected criminal psychologist who uses her unique experience to get into the minds of troubled kids, Audrey returns home to her small Maine hometown after seven years absence... and finds that nothing has changed. Except for the fact, her first night back, Maggie is killed and Audre ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, thriller
This series gets off to a pretty good start and the basic premise is intriguing: a former delinquent turned forensic psychologist now studies delinquent teens. The story was good, albeit a bit slow in parts. I think this is the kind of book that could really be paced faster. I wasn't at all surprised by the reveal of the killer, and it seems like an obvious set up from the beginning (not necessarily the motive, but person). In the end though, a good book to read on a lazy weekend. ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book isn't for everyone because the characters are really tough and gritty and the language reflects this. It is, however a great who done it that keeps you reading long after the lights should be out. A lost love just might redeem itself and old family wounds will be bandaged. I certainly didn't get enough of Audry . I was on a cruise ship on the deck reading this book.... what a way to fill and August afternoon! ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would love to recommend this book to everyone, but there are a lot of content warnings to share. The warnings are kind of spoilers, so I'm putting them behind a click:

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Mortisha Cassavetes
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
What an amazing "Who Done It" story! I really enjoyed this book and hope to continue on with the series asap. The story follows Audrey, a criminal psychologist that deals with children who murder and is featured on a tv show that deals with this issue. Audrey is returning home for her mother's birthday and returning to a town that she ran from after serving time in a juvenile correction center for a murder she and her fried Maggie committed long ago. Audrey and Maggie were sentenced after killin ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I won a copy of this in a goodreads giveaway.

Audrey Harte is a criminal psychologist, she studies kids who kill. She knows better than most since she has killed as well. When she was 14, Audrey and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie's father. After serving time Audrey left after Maggie and Jake broke her heart and has only returned once in all that time.

Audrey has returned home before she can even arrive at her childhood home she has to make a stop and pick up her drunk father from the loc
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, kept me in suspense throughout the whole book.
Marie Christensen
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book,this is my first book by Kate. I loved this first book & will be reading the rest in the series
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