psychology

Weirdly Compelling: “It Takes One”

26030701.jpgIt Takes One by Kate Kessler
Redhook: April 26, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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It Takes One is the series opener featuring criminal psychologist Audrey Harte. The twist in this thriller is that our heroine is a murderer herself.

Okay, so the label is a little more complex than that.

When she was a girl, Audrey helped her best friend Maggie murder Maggie’s father. Maggie’s father had been sexually abusing her and Maggie turned to Audrey for help. When no one believe either of them, the girls, in desperation, hatched a plan. After the murder both girls were charged. Maggie was sent to a criminal hospital because of her trauma, and Audrey was sent to a juvenile detention centre. And with that, these two best friend slowly drifted apart until one of them committed an unforgivable transgression. (more…)

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Monthly Nonfiction: A “Quiet” Review

8520610Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Crown, January 24, 2012 (Nonfiction)

My rating: Liked the place, but the food was bad (2/5)

So here we are, another month, another nonfiction read. Normally, I’m not a non-fiction reader, but since I do moderate the nonfiction book club and work in the nonfiction department at my library, I try to make an effort. This October, the nonfiction book club took on Susan Cain’s Quiet.

I had heard Cain speak at the Ontario Library Association’s Superconference a couple of years ago and was intrigued. She was a great speaker and highly valued a number of personality traits that I felt I possessed. So when it was suggested that the nonfiction book club read Quiet, I was all for it.

I really wanted to love Quiet. It’s about introverts and much of what Cain points out is really powerful stuff. This book is filled with quotes and facts to back up Cain’s claim of the value of the introvert personality. Unfortunately, I did not find the written format as dynamic as I did when I first saw Cain at that conference. (more…)