Set on Portobello’s coast, It Takes One to Know One is a heart-warming yet harrowing story, embellished with Isla Dewar’s needle-sharp humour and effortless narrative gift for storytelling.
The tale is based around Charlie Gavin, the lost and hopeless founder of the Be Kindly Missing Person’s Bureau whose mission is to find other lost souls like him.
Meanwhile Martha Walter has applied to become his assistant as she and her daughter move back in with her mother after a short lived and somewhat failed music career.
When Martha takes the job as Charlie’s assistant they work together on cases that are both hilarious and heart-breaking until they stumble across the truths of their respective pasts.
It Takes One to Know One is a captivating read that balances tasteful humour with an engaging storyline that showcases Dewar’s authorship.
It Takes One to Know One, by Isla Dewar, published by Polygon, £9.99.