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"The Enemy We Know is an intriguing, funny, and moving story peopled with characters you will remember long after the last page. If Letty lived in my neighborhood I'd buy her a virgin margarita and talk about all the people we know who are just as odd as we are."
-Lois Greiman, award winning author of Unzipped
From the Author
I'm apsychotherapist/office manager/writer, not always in that order. Some folkswonder why a therapist would gravitate toward writing mysteries. It's thepeople thing. Both of my passions deal with relationships and exploringthe past to gain a deeper understanding--and, perhaps, better control of--thepresent. My favorite quote is by Oscar Wilde: "The final mystery isoneself." It seems to cover facets of both my careers.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Even with authors whose work I've read a good deal of, I can sometimes figure out the "who" well before the characters do but in this case, I was kept guessing right along with Letty. Easily kept me on the edge of my seat. Didn't want to put it down, even to sleep. :)
Add to that interesting, even quirky supporting characters, and this was an altogether enjoyable read. Highly recommended!
Not my usual genre. Not by a long shot. But, "Suspense with a Dash of Humor"? That caught my eye. We need different things at different points in our lives, currently my life needed something humorous and not too deep.... This fit the bill PERFECTLY.
Letty (the main character) is a believable one, flawed, and human. And Donna White Glaser's writing style makes you feel like Letty is a potential friend or acquaintance very easily. Someone you might want to get to know, and like! Glaser's writing style in general is wonderful, easy, flows nicely. And her sense of humor? I LOVE IT!!!
For me, it felt almost like a grown-up Nancy Drew meets "I Love Lucy" meets "The Bob Newhart Show". Must read it to understand those references, assuming you're a woman "of a certain age". Ahem, that means definitely over 40 ;) Not saying younger ladies wouldn't enjoy the book, just they might not get the references I've compared it to. And yes, it certainly is a "chick flick" type of book. I cannot imagine many men getting into it. (although I could be wrong)
Anyway, it was exactly what the doctor (or therapist ;-)) ordered. So much so, that I've now read all 5 of Donna's "Letty Whittaker 12-Step Mysteries with a Dash of Humor" books. FYI - there's more than just a small dash of humor. And it's never gratuitous. It's totally integral. Truly enjoyable. And I can't wait for Book #6 in the series :)
The Enemy We Know is an engrossing mystery/suspense novel. Seamlessly racheting up from one crisis to another, it makes even the requisite mis-steps by the female-victim-protagonist believable. The characters are unique,well developed, and stay true to their personalities throughout the book. The story is enriched by the realistically detailed and believable worlds Letty inhabits: anyone struggling with addiction issues of any kind can relate to her experiences and reactions to AA philosophy, requirements, and support; and the emotional toll of her workplace is well invoked by the different ways her co-workers react to it. Add a dose of Shakespeare's rather gruesome sonnets, and you have an enticing brew. All this is handled with humor and finesse by the plucky main character, but her suspicions erode her ability to trust and challenge her relationships right through to the surprising ending. I look forward to seeing what else is in store for Letty Whitaker.
This is an Amateur Sleuth mixed with Healthcare Industry.
Letty is a counselor working in a private office. She deals with other people's secrets and helps many to get past their issues. She feels that she must hold back from revealing her personal demons. While she is in the early stages of recovering from an addictive substance, she is subjected to a series of events that would have a strong sober person sobbing. So how is she supposed to deal with it? With her own life on the line, one day at a time might not be the answer.
I really enjoyed this story, not only because of the suspense but because I could relate to Letty on some levels.
Warning: Adult language and situations in addition to Violence.
Letty Whittaker is a discombobulated, newly sober therapist who, although she's great with clients, exercises some pretty poor judgment during the course of this well-paced, satisfying and funny mystery. But we understand why, and we sympathize. We've all been shaken up by life changes, and we've all (well, most of us) felt we had a secret or two to protect. Letty is a thoroughly likable heroine, and we recognize many of the other characters from our own lives: the sanctimonious coworker, the insanely cute supervisor, the over eager intern. And if you're a woman of a certain age, you also have no doubt encountered (or been) the man-hating feminist, and the Rock of Gibraltar confidante. The Enemy We Know is a great first novel, and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series. There were just enough plot twists to keep it interesting, and the actual killer? A pleasantly disturbing surprise! I'm a little wary that there will be a romantic interest in each book, and frankly, I could do without it. Romance in a women's mystery seems to be gratuitously included in every one I've read, and often it slows down the story. Ms. Glaser handled it well, and it was integral to the plot, so kudos for that. Humor, mystery, recovery: my kind of book! Keep it up, Donna White Glaser, you're onto something.
I loved this, and will definitely read more of the series. Letty is a therapist with her own problem: a dysfunctional family tied together with addiction. She is determined to distance herself from both, and it is a struggle. This is a mystery with shifting possible suspects, and Glaser throws enough clues that the ending makes sense.... but she covers the clues well enough to keep my interest.
I also liked the AA connection.... so many times, the main character spends half the book inside a bottle (or hung over), but here, the meetings were described as background primarily. It was obvious that Letty was "hanging her playground and her playmates" as they say at the meetings, and her new playmates were good or her.
And there was a lot of humor, which I like. Btw, either next to no typos or I was too engrossed to notice them. Either way, good.