- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Redhook (October 23, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316439053
- ISBN-13: 978-0316439053
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kate Kessler's Dead Ringer is an intensely haunting thriller that I simply could not put down. Not only is it a lightning-fast page turner, but it's also infused with real emotion about family ties and the vise-like grip the past holds us in. Powerful, provocative, and real, Dead Ringer delivers all the goods."―David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody's Daughter
"Deliciously twisted and genre-bending, Kate Kessler's positively riveting It Takes One boasts a knockout concept and a thoroughly unique and exciting protagonist, a savvy criminal psychologist with murderous skeletons in her own closet."―Sara Blaedel on It Takes One
"A book that kept calling to me when I should have been doing something else. Hard to put down, compulsive reading."―Rachel Abbott on It Takes One
"It Takes One is a gripping roller-coaster ride of shock and suspense. ...Kate Kessler excels at creating an atmosphere of fear and suspense."―Kate Rhodes on It Takes One
"Kessler has created a kick-ass, heartfelt character in this lively, twisty thriller. Believe me - you'll enjoy the ride."―Sandra Block on It Takes One
"This first in a series combines an intriguing mystery with a terrific cast of characters. Fans of Nancy Pickard or Lisa Unger will find much to like in Kessler. Expect her to become very popular very quickly."―Booklist (starred review) on It Takes One
"[Audrey's] a likable heroine, and between her moxie and sense of humor, she'll soon become a favorite of those who like their suspense less dark and bleak....Audrey is definitely a keeper."―Kirkus on It Takes One
"Tense, fast-paced....The action builds to compelling and unexpected conclusion."―Publishers Weekly on It Takes One
"Carve out some time to read this series starter - it's that hard to put down."―RT Book Reviews on It Takes One
"Kate Kessler's writing is impossible to put down. I devoured It Takes One and couldn't wait to read the sequel. If you love characters that are misfits, and outsiders, have a penchant for bad boys, and want a mystery that keeps you guessing, this is the series for you."―Hollie Overton, author of Baby Doll, on the Audrey Harte series
About the Author
As a child Kate Kessler seemed to have a knack for finding trouble, and for it finding her. A former delinquent, Kate now prefers to write about trouble rather than cause it, and spends her days writing about why people do the things they do. She lives in New England with her husband.
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One day when a teenage Rachel Ward and her identical twin Hannah switch places, Hannah is abducted and never heard from again. Rachel’s guilt and determination propel her into law enforcement and eventually into the FBI eighteen years later. There she becomes part of the team assigned to solve the Gemini murders, involving a brutal kidnapper who abducts one identical twin and leaves the other. Rachel believes the Gemini murderer is the same person who took her sister, and who taunts her every year on the anniversary, by sending her pictures. Rachel believes her twin is alive and is still being held prisoner.
Rachel does not start out as a character you immediately like, but as the story moves forward, Rachel earns your respect and admiration.
The book is dark and has some graphic scenes, but those scenes definitely aren’t gratuitous. Rachel and her partner, “Trick,” who is also her lover, defy the odds and corner the kidnapper. That’s when things take a real strange turn and keep turning right to the surprising end.
The story is well written, and the plot has a lot of twists, even though the perp is identified early on. It’s the kind of story you keep thinking about long after you reach the end.
I’d love to see a follow up book where Rachel has to continue to deal with her sister.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Most of the book is told in the third person from Rachel’s point of view, with some flashbacks to Rachel and Hannah before Hannah disappeared. Rachel eventually wins me over, but at first it was hard to get over the poor decisions she makes. She does grow and the book progresses, so I was really rooting for her in both her personal and professional life by the end. Rachel’s younger sister Naomi is likable, but the reader isn’t given the chance to know her in depth. Rachel’s FBI partner and lover interest “Trick” seems like the perfect guy. He’s understanding and patient with Rachel, who fears commitment, and is an excellent, skilled agent.
The book is fast-paced and is both suspenseful and scary. We learn more about Gemini as the story unfolds and he is a vicious, sadistic, and creepy villain. It was hard to get through the explicit scenes of him and one of his victims. Except for these portions of the story, I enjoyed the book. I wanted to find out what would happen next and learn the fate of Gemini’s victims. I don’t want give any spoilers, but some of the books twists were predictable. The ending caught me off guard and was very strange, in part because of Rachel’s troubled mother’s reaction some of the things that unfold. In spite of some flaws, this is an entertaining thriller that was hard to put down.
Rachel has been getting steadily closer to uncovering Gemini, to exposing him for killing Hannah and his other victims, to finally getting closure for all the grieving twins that had lost their other half.
This is a well written thriller, one that jumps between the various plot lines with ease as the story unfolds. The characters are well written, the situations believable.
Again, we have an original story with a female character with her own set of baggage. The way Dead Ringer plays out, slowly revealing, yet making you question if you're right, is incredibly well done! I had to reread some pages because it's just that amazing :)
This truly is a gripping read! I read it late into the night, quickly finishing it the following morning. I love that the writer puts you right there emotionally, and has you holding your breath for the next part.
Do yourself a favor and buy this book!