Once a Liar: A Novel

Once a Liar: A Novel

by A.F. Brady


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ISBN-13: 9780778369974
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 81,781
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A.F. Brady is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brown University and two Masters degrees in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She is a life-long New Yorker, and resides in Manhattan with her husband and their family. The Blind is her first novel.

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Once a Liar: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SheTreadsSoftly 15 days ago
Once a Liar by A.F. Brady is a highly recommended thriller. Peter Caine is an eminent, successful Manhattan defense attorney. He is handsome and charming to those he meets, those who could be some use to him, but Peter is, in reality, a sociopath with no remorse, guilt, or shame for any of his actions. His life and career have been carefully constructed on a foundation of lies and the certainty that he deserves more. When his ex-wife, Julianne, dies, Jamie, the estranged son Peter gave up custody of and has no relationship with, comes to live with Peter and Claire, his current girlfriend. Peter has been living with Claire for eight years while simultaneously having an on-going affair with Charlie (Charlotte), the step-daughter of his arch nemesis, New York County DA Harrison Doyle. In fact, it was his on and off affair with Charlie that broke up his marriage. When Charlie is found murdered, the evidence increasingly seems to point to Peter's guilt. As the narrator of Once a Liar, Peter Caine is an intensely dislikeable character. The story, through Peter's eyes, follows events from the past and present and offers insight into his character, or lack thereof. Peter is a very well-developed character, even as his integrity is increasingly in question and his sociopathy becomes progressively clear as the plot advances. He is an unreliable narrator, but an honest one based on his point-of-view. Once a Liar is a well-written novel, especially in terms of the character development of Peter. Initially Brady doles out interesting insight into Peter's back story and character, which grips your attention, but then the pace of the novel slows for a bit in the middle. Keep reading, however, because all the little insights will matter and the pace quickly picks up again. The ending twist is great. Some readers might guess parts of it, but probably not the complete picture. This is a very satisfying thriller. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books.
Anonymous 20 days ago
A wonderful journey into the mind of a true sociopath, Peter Caine is cold and ruthless but still needs to be admired by society. A great read that will keep you guessing until the end, pick it up and enjoy!
lee2staes 23 days ago
“Once a Liar” is an exciting psychological mystery thriller in which Peter Caine, a ruthless and cutthroat but highly successful defense lawyer in New York is accused of the brutal murder of his mistress, Charlie. As the story unwinds, there are many surprises, twists and turns that make this an enjoyable read. I was sure I had this book all figured out but then the author managed to prolong the suspense about who murdered Charlie. The ending is totally awesome and shocking. This is a fascinating book. I highly recommend it. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this book in exchange for an honest review.
MoniqueD 23 days ago
Collateral damage Sociopaths live among us, and most of the time we don’t know who they are, and this is what ONCE A LIAR is all about. This is not a gory tale of serial killers, of psychopaths, but of people almost, almost like you and me. ONCE A LIAR is an extremely well-crafted story that will keep you guessing until the very end, because I certainly had no idea how it would turn out. The author knows what she’s talking about, she doesn’t fabricate; the writing is clear and smooth; the characters are fascinating, if not the sort of people you wish to know. But then again, we might know someone just like them. Because it is written in such a deceptive and matter-of-fact way, I feared that ONCE A LIAR might end sloppily, but seldom have I been caught so unawares. Told in the first person, from our very unreliable narrator Peter Caine, the narrative alternates between Now and Then. Don’t blink, don’t skip a chapter, don’t think that something doesn’t matter, because it will eventually. “Good things come to those who wait” has never been truer! Who needs boring old serial killers when sociopaths are so much more interesting! ONCE A LIAR was the book I was hoping to read, and it delivered mightily! Enjoy!