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Double Take

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
All those people - were any of them who they seemed?

Set in Chicago, 1975, Double-take is the story of artsy Rachel Cochrane, who returns from college with no job and confronts the recent death of Bando, one of her best friends. When she runs into Joey, a mutual friend, their conversations take them back into their shared past and to the revelation that Bando may have been
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by Impulse Australia
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Fred Forbes
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed a previous book by Abby - who wouldn't love "The Book of Fred" but I am afraid the style of this one did not mesh with my reading style. I tend to juggle multiple books, both fiction and non and this book tended to bounce around in time from her earlier hippy druggy days to a more recent period so made it difficult for me to pick up the story line. Came across as a rather jumbled telling but can't totally blame the author for my issues. I also tend to judge women who bail out of perfec ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I've read many mysteries in my life and this didn't read like any other mystery.

Rachel aka Cookie has come back to her parent's home in 1975 and finds out that perhaps one of her friends did not commit suicide and perchance he was murdered. This causes a flood of memories from the late 60's to early 70's of her life at that time and the hippie lifestyle she seemed to lead.

It took getting used to with the back and forth between various years and memories. It might have made for a more fluid read
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Double Take by Abby Bardi is a dark mystery featuring Rachel (aka Cookie) as a troubled, recent college graduate who returns home from California to decide what direction her life is going. While there, she reconnects with friends and coworkers from high school, specifically Joey (aka Rat) and learns more about the suicide of their mutual friend Robert Bandolini (aka Bando) that might actually ...

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Anara Guard
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Double Take moves between two time periods: 1975 when Rachel has returned home to her old neighborhood in Chicago, moving in with her parents and waitressing while she waits to figure out what to do next. She has abandoned a loving relationship for reasons that are not clear to her and all she knows is that she needs to understand something. That something is rooted in her turbulent past: 1969, when everyone knew her as Cookie. She waitressed then too but it was a different time. As the author w ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the time period of this story. Rachel aka Cookie was a very damaged woman. Sadly, I could not feel a lot of compassionate emotions towards Rachel. It is because when she was telling stories of past events like a horrible one, she was so cool about the one particular event that she did not react. In addition, in the past Rachel hung out with the wrong crowd. To me, she came off as a brat. The rest of her friends I could not share a connection with what so ever. Therefore, I was not inter ...more
Netgalley provided me with free digital access to this title in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this is kind of a weird one. I had a difficult time getting into the story due to the structure: the story is told mainly in short scenes that jump between past and present. The past is narrated by Rachel/Cookie in third-person and includes action, while the present is narrated by Rachel/Cookie in first person and are mainly dialogue that doesn't sound like real people conversing. The characters
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Bell-bottoms, booze and mystery are all a big part of this story. Bardi does a wonderful job painting the picture of Casa Sanchez and the way things used to be. Rachel aka Cookie remembers all the subtleties of her experiences and does a great job bringing you with her down memory lane.

I never quite connected with Rachel as a character, perhaps because things like bulimia were thrown around without context or point. Regardless, looking for truths from your past is always an interesting storytell
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Cochrane and Joey's interactions felt very real and natural especially as they began to consider that their friend's death may have actually been a murder. The element of murder is what really made this book a great read as the author took two characters that would not normally be involved in a murder mystery and got them involved after their friend died and they began to think it was a murder not a normal death. Overall, it was a book that I ended up finishing in one day without taking a ...more
Kelsi H
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aimless and unsure of her future, Rachel has just returned to her childhood home in Chicago after finishing college. She takes a job in a coffee shop in her old neighbourhood, which she seems to enjoy, even though her parents think she is wasting her life. It is 1975, but being back in her old surroundings brings back Rachel’s memories of her turbulent adolescence and the loss of a close friend in 1969.

The novel jumps back and f
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this really hard to follow. There are a lot of characters with odd names and it jumps back and forward between the late 60's and mid 70's.
Rachel (or Cookie, in her younger days) is a lost young woman. She has run off on her finance and is working in a cafe with no real prospects despite being well educated. Little things are revealed which were painful in her past - a rape, the death of a good friend which has always plagued her with guilt and it seems she is currently bulimic and may h
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This story moves between two time periods: 1975 When Rachael has rebound to home to her old neighborhood in Chicago and 1969 when everyone knows her by a different name, Cookie.
It took me a minute to figure this one out because it jumped back and forth in almost scene-like story lines but, once I got the hang of it, it was fine. The only thing I found a real challenge for myself was keeping up with the different characters given the structure of the story with jumping back and forth.
But, as yo
Kathleen Gray
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting but a bit confusing given the structure of the novel. It is well written but I didn't especially like any of the characters, perhaps because it's short and I felt I didn't have time to warm up to them. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You will like this if you are interested in Chicago in the 1970s. ...more
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Abby Bardi is the author of THE BOOK OF FRED, THE SECRET LETTERS, and DOUBLE TAKE. She grew up in Chicago, went to college in California, then spent a decade teaching English in Japan and England. She currently teaches at a college in Maryland and lives in historic Ellicott City with her husband and dog.

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