Takes One to Know One

Takes One to Know One

Book - 2019 | First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
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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 fourteen-year-old daughter. Corie fills her days scouting Arabic fiction for literary agencies and, every Wednesday, she joins a group of fellow Shorehaven freelancers for lunch at an allegedly French bistro. Life is, as they say, fine. But at her weekly lunch group, Corie senses that something is off. Pete Delaney, a milquetoast package designer, shows up early every week. He sits in the same spot, often with a different phone in hand, and always keeps one eye on his Jeep parked in the lot across the street. Corie can't help thinking that Pete is hiding something-and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past a secret from her new neighbors, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie imagining things, desperate to add some spark to her sweet but unduly safe 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019.
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780802147554
0802147550
Branch Call Number: FIC ISA
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 24 cm

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hadlock
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."

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DM_kcls
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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