Takes One to Know One

Takes One to Know One

eBook - 2019
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Just a few years ago, Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI. But at thirty-five, she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood. Now Corie is married to the brilliant and remarkably handsome Judge Josh Geller and is the adoptive mother of his lovely 14-year-old daughter. Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur, Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and, on Wednesdays, has lunch with her fellow Shorehaven freelancers at a so-so French restaurant. Life is, as they say, fine. But at her weekly lunches, Corie senses that something's off. Pete Delaney, a milquetoast package designer, always shows up early, sits in the same spot (often with a different phone in hand), and keeps one eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street. Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something-and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past from her new neighbors, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie just imagining things, desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence? She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney's affairs. Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrilling.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2019
ISBN: 9780802147561
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jan 23, 2020

Corie Geller has what she wanted: she's married to a handsome, considerate and rich man and is mother to his daughter, Eliza. She gave up full time FBI work (as her husband gave up a fancy law practice to become a federal judge) and works in an Arabic language literature niche, doing occasional FBI contract work on the side. Now self-employed, she meets with a group of other self-employed folks on Wednesdays for lunch. She's happy and yet she is vaguely dissatisfied.

Then she begins to notice Pete, who is in the Wednesday lunch bunch. He picks the same seat religiously, watches his car out the window while they lunch, seems incredibly low-key and boring, and yet there is something. He reminds her of her, with her careful bio with attendant details that gives no clue about the FBI. So, using her many investigative skills, she starts asking questions, looking things up, involving her retired police detective father, who does need something to do. Then things begin to heat up.

Just remember the title: "Takes One to Know One."

Nov 18, 2019

Disclaimer - I did not finish 'Takes One to Know One'.

The first of the 11 books written by Susan Isaac that I read was 'Shining Through' well over over 25 years ago. I enjoyed it immensely and it has been the touchstone to make me sit up and take notice when I see she's written a new book. 'Takes One to Know One' has diminished that attitude.

My first take away is that the main character is a sad, lonely, confused woman convinced she has a great marriage/life but is constantly whining to herself about how boring her successful, handsome her husband is, how boring her suburban housewife life is, and how she seethes with resentment over living with a phony smile on her face with the choices of hubby's dead wife.

Something about a fellow in her lunch group has tweaked her former life radar and she sets out to find why. It's implausible but the excuse of her boring husband and life are reason enough for her.

The journey through her investigation is mind numbingly boring interrupted by whining and the pretense that she loves her newly privileged life which she relentlessly mocks to herself.

Although I am mildly interested to find out if there is a great mystery and what it might be, I am not interested enough to get beyond the first half of the book. I checked out on page 163. If the story gets better, the author waited too long to get there. I think I gave it a good chance.

A very generous 2 stars


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