Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review: Double Take by Abby Bardi

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Double Take
Author: Abby Bardi
Publisher: Harper Collins Impulse
Pages: 186
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Source: PUYB
Genre: Mystery

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy reading about the early 70's culture.

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Set in Chicago, 1975, Double Take is the story of artsy Rachel Cochrane, who returns from college with no job and confronts the recent death of Bando, one of her best friends.
When she runs into Joey, a mutual friend, their conversations take them back into their
shared past and to the revelation that Bando may have been murdered. To find out who
murdered him, Rachel is forced to revisit her stormy 1960s adolescence, a journey that

brings her into contact with her old friends, her old self, and danger.
Bell-bottoms, booze and mystery are all a big part of this story. Bardi does a wonderful job painting the picture of Casa Sanchez and the way things used to be. Rachel aka Cookie remembers all the subtleties of her experiences and does a great job bringing you with her down memory lane.

I never quite connected with Rachel as a character, perhaps because things like bulimia were thrown around without context or point. Regardless, looking for truths from your past is always an interesting storytelling element. I enjoyed getting to know Cookie and the life she lived prior to present day and though her motivations for change at the end of the book are still a bit fuzzy for me, I'm going to say that I think she found what she was looking for.

If you enjoy reading about a small group of misfits from the late '60's/early '70's then you should definitely give this book a chance. It was an interesting ride.

Abby Bardi is the author of three novels: Double Take, The Secret Letters, and The Book
of Fred. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals, and she has written
academic articles on Roma (Gypsies). She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and
now lives in Ellicott City, MD, the oldest railroad town in America.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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