Once a Liar
From the author of The Blind comes an electrifying story of deception, duplicity and suspensePeter Caine, a cutthroat Manhattan defense attorney, is extremely adept at his job. On the surface, he is charming and handsome, but inside he is cold and heartless. A sociopath practically incapable of human emotions, he has no remorse when he fights to acquit murderers, pedophiles and rapists. When Charlie Doyle, the daughter of the Manhattan DA—and Peter’s former lover—is murdered, Peter’s world is quickly sent into a tailspin as the DA, a professional enemy of Peter’s, embarks on a witch hunt to avenge his daughter’s death, stopping at nothing to ensure Peter is found guilty of the murder.Peter sets out to prove his innocence, and as he pieces together his defense, he finds that it’s those closest to us who are capable of the greatest harm.

Once a Liar Details

TitleOnce a Liar
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherPark Row
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Once a Liar Review

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Peter Caine is a highly successful defense lawyer in New York. Many would call him cutthroat, ruthless. But he wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time he was a kind and loving man. A man who fell in love and simply wanted to follow the noble path of his mentors to become the best lawyer he could be. Careful what you wish for...Told in two time lines:Then - Peter is just starting his rise. Falling in love and building his empire, on his climb to becoming the most feared and regarded defense 3.5*Peter Caine is a highly successful defense lawyer in New York. Many would call him cutthroat, ruthless. But he wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time he was a kind and loving man. A man who fell in love and simply wanted to follow the noble path of his mentors to become the best lawyer he could be. Careful what you wish for...Told in two time lines:Then - Peter is just starting his rise. Falling in love and building his empire, on his climb to becoming the most feared and regarded defense attorney in NY.Now - Peter is on top of his game! As it often happens, Peter is so caught up in his own grand success, he fails to see or consider anyone around him. And that list is growing. His current wife, desperate for a child. His ex-wife who recently passed… and his son, lost and alone in his grief.A.F. Brady has created a highly despicable character in Peter Caine that you’re just waiting and hoping will get what’s coming to him.Though this thriller moved at a slightly slower pace than I would have liked, I was totally engaged throughout and anxious to see where this author was going to take me. I’m always a sucker for characters that you love to hate! A buddy read with Susanne!☃️Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss and Harlequin Park Row for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars (rounded down)Peter is a high-powered attorney. He’s cold and he’s calculating. Getting ahead and being successful is all he cares about. Peter has been divorced from his ex-wife Julianne for quite a few years to the detriment of his teenage son Jamie, whom he gains custody of once Julianne passes away. He has been with his girlfriend Claire forever, though being faithful is not high on his list of priorities. He’s been stepping out on her with Charlie, the DA’s daughter for years and 3.5 Stars (rounded down)Peter is a high-powered attorney. He’s cold and he’s calculating. Getting ahead and being successful is all he cares about. Peter has been divorced from his ex-wife Julianne for quite a few years to the detriment of his teenage son Jamie, whom he gains custody of once Julianne passes away. He has been with his girlfriend Claire forever, though being faithful is not high on his list of priorities. He’s been stepping out on her with Charlie, the DA’s daughter for years and he doesn’t even care. Unfortunately for Peter, it’s about time he started caring as his life is about to become quite complicated and not, in a good way. Good thing lawyers know a thing or two about damage control!“Once a Liar” is a twisty-turny suspense which I stayed up quite late to finish! My head was spinning round and round trying to discern who did what. I’ll be happy to report however, that my detective skills paid off in the end, as I guessed correctly. This was another buddy read with Kaceey! Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin - Park Row and A.F. Brady for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 11.27.18.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Peter Caine is not a nice man. You may even call him a sociopath which is perfect, really, for his job as a Manhattan defense attorney. He doesn't lose a wink of sleep when he acquits murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Success, wealth, and recognition are the only things that Peter cares about. Peter has an ex-wife, Juliette, a teenage son, Jamie, a current live in girlfriend, Claire, and a secret lover, Charlotte. What happens when, Charlotte, Peter's longtime on-again off again lover, the rea Peter Caine is not a nice man. You may even call him a sociopath which is perfect, really, for his job as a Manhattan defense attorney. He doesn't lose a wink of sleep when he acquits murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Success, wealth, and recognition are the only things that Peter cares about. Peter has an ex-wife, Juliette, a teenage son, Jamie, a current live in girlfriend, Claire, and a secret lover, Charlotte. What happens when, Charlotte, Peter's longtime on-again off again lover, the reason his first marriage dissolved, and the reason his current girlfriend has given him the ultimatum, it's me or it's her, is violently murdered? When you've amassed so many enemies it's not surprising that eventually someone would have an ax to grind. For Peter that time has come! This is one of those books that I enjoyed thoroughly but it wasn't exactly a page turner. A slow burn that I savored. I thought that Peter was portrayed as a perfectly despicable character that I truly loved to hate. I adored Claire and felt so sorry for Juliette and Jamie. The ending was just perfect! A.F. Brady is a talented writer that I plan to keep my eye on. 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    Once a Liar was an enjoyable mystery/thriller-solid 4 stars. The book centers around Peter, a defense attorney and one of the most unlikeable characters I have ever read. Peter is all about his career and himself but he is forced to to take a hard look at himself when his life suddenly changes for the worse. When Peter’s ex-wife passes away, he finds himself taking on the role as father to his son Jamie-a teenager he barely knows or wants to get to know. Added to the new pressure of fatherhood, Once a Liar was an enjoyable mystery/thriller-solid 4 stars. The book centers around Peter, a defense attorney and one of the most unlikeable characters I have ever read. Peter is all about his career and himself but he is forced to to take a hard look at himself when his life suddenly changes for the worse. When Peter’s ex-wife passes away, he finds himself taking on the role as father to his son Jamie-a teenager he barely knows or wants to get to know. Added to the new pressure of fatherhood, Peter is thrown into the limelight when Charlotte, a woman he was having an affair with while he was married and later with his live-in girlfriend, was found stabbed to death. Charlotte also happens to be the DA’s step-daughter, the same DA that Peter hated and later threatened. Peter lands himself as the number one suspect in her murder. Once a Liar is full of twists and turns and that ending! Highly recommend to fans of mystery/thriller books.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Peter Caine is a defense attorney living in New York—representing murderers, rapists, and other low life scum, for a price. His reputation and success is known throughout the city, and he's paid quite handsomely for it. From a small town boy with humble beginnings, Peter has shaped his life to be the one he's always dreamed about, but it has taken a toll on his livelihood. As his success and financial gain grew, so did his mental stability. Peter has created enemies everywhere, and it comes back Peter Caine is a defense attorney living in New York—representing murderers, rapists, and other low life scum, for a price. His reputation and success is known throughout the city, and he's paid quite handsomely for it. From a small town boy with humble beginnings, Peter has shaped his life to be the one he's always dreamed about, but it has taken a toll on his livelihood. As his success and financial gain grew, so did his mental stability. Peter has created enemies everywhere, and it comes back to haunt him when a former flame, Charlotte Doyle, has been found murdered. Claiming his innocence, Peter is trying to uncover the culprit of this crime—who is framing Peter Caine? Once a Liar is interesting to me because it follows the point of view of a sociopath defense attorney, who is immediately unlikable, but is so interesting and multifaceted that you just can't wait to see what he says next. I couldn't help but at times feel for the struggles that Peter went through during his journey for success. He is a dark character, but also one that you can clearly see has had a lot of pain to get where he is today. The author, A.F. Brady, is a licensed mental health psychotherapist, and you can definitely see that her experience has allowed her to shape Peter's psyche just perfectly for our enjoyment. It really is a clever feat to portay a character so realistically—you really feel like you're in the mind of a mentally unhinged, evil, cruel human being. This book is truly unputdownable if you're looking for a character study.I was slightly disappointed in Once a Liar because I had high hopes for it's originality. Once I started the story, I was completely engrossed in the plot. It seemed like an original thriller that was reminiscent of Kaira Rouda's Best Day Ever, but I was definitely misled at some points in the story. The initial interest in Once a Liar faded as I ventured through the story, because the central conflict didn't even come to fruition until I was almost 70% done with the novel. My interest peaked in the very beginning of the story, but by the end I was just exhausted. All-in-all, I would recommend Once a Liar is you want a slower paced novel, an unreliable narrator, but also a light mystery that won't scare you up at night. I'm definitely curious to see what AF Brady has up her sleeve in the future.
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  • JuJu (Julie)
    January 1, 1970
    Short SummarySuspenseful and edgy. After I hit the half-way mark, I DID NOT want to put it down!My thoughtsThis book definitely makes you think about the consequences of your actions and the way you treat your family. If you love thrillers and haven’t read A.F. Brady, you need to read this book...I can’t praise her writing enough! Although it wasn’t immediately unputdownable, once I settled in a little, it quickly picked up the pace!It switches back and forth between “Then” and “Now”, going int Short SummarySuspenseful and edgy. After I hit the half-way mark, I DID NOT want to put it down!My thoughtsThis book definitely makes you think about the consequences of your actions and the way you treat your family. If you love thrillers and haven’t read A.F. Brady, you need to read this book...I can’t praise her writing enough! Although it wasn’t immediately unputdownable, once I settled in a little, it quickly picked up the pace!It switches back and forth between “Then” and “Now”, going into depth about Peter Caine—the MC accused of murder. I love AND hate this way of storytelling. In a well-written book, it’s easy to follow and suspenseful. But on the other hand, the author builds up tension and you’re left hanging at the end of the chapter...ugh! It makes it very hard to find a stopping place. I’m constantly telling myself “just one more chapter”. There are so many words to describe Peter Caine—liar, narcissist, heartless, callous, ruthless...I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture!It’s hard to feel any empathy for Peter. We see the cold and uncaring side of his personality that he tries to disguise. He’s a self-centered, egomaniac who thinks only of himself. Most of the characters—which are tangled and intertwined in lies and deception—are unlikable. The kind you love to hate! LikesAfter getting into Peter’s head—listening to his thoughts, observations and his inflated ego—I was thrilled to see his perfectly controlled life start to crumble. Such Karma!DislikesI don’t think there was anything I disliked about this book!Recommend:YES!My Rating: 4 ⭐️’sPublished: January 29 2019 by Park Row Pages: 336Thank you to NetGalley / Park Row / A.F. Brady for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review!#NetGalley #OnceAliarBook BlurbIn this electrifying psychological thriller, a high-powered sociopath meets his reckoning when he’s accused of the brutal murder of his mistress.Did he kill Charlie Doyle? And if he didn’t…who did?Peter Caine, a cutthroat Manhattan defense attorney, worked ruthlessly to become the best at his job. On the surface, he is charming and handsome, but inside he is cold and heartless. He fights without remorse to acquit murderers, pedophiles and rapists.When Charlie Doyle, the daughter of the Manhattan DA—and Peter’s former lover—is murdered, Peter’s world is quickly sent into a tailspin. He becomes the prime suspect as the DA, a professional enemy of Peter’s, embarks on a witch hunt to avenge his daughter’s death, stopping at nothing to ensure Peter is found guilty of the murder.In the challenge of his career and his life, Peter races against the clock to prove his innocence. As the evidence mounts against him, he’s forced to begin unraveling his own dark web of lies and confront the sins of his past. But the truth of who killed Charlie Doyle is more twisted and sinister than anyone could have imagined…
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    A tale as old as time.... man from a bad childhood wants to make it big so he leaves his old life completely behind, works hard, loses any goodness he has while building the perfect life he so desperately seeks - at any cost. Beautiful, successful wife who he grows bored with, enter mistress and the affair that will eventually end on a multitude of levels. Bye wife, enter girlfriend, who he also grows bored with but it looks better professionally to have this perfect little world than to not and A tale as old as time.... man from a bad childhood wants to make it big so he leaves his old life completely behind, works hard, loses any goodness he has while building the perfect life he so desperately seeks - at any cost. Beautiful, successful wife who he grows bored with, enter mistress and the affair that will eventually end on a multitude of levels. Bye wife, enter girlfriend, who he also grows bored with but it looks better professionally to have this perfect little world than to not and he's nothing if not for keeping up appearances. And his son? Another byproduct of a life he doesn't really want and tries to ignore. He's a true winner, isn't he?A narcissistic sociopath through and through, this is the type of character I loathe and yet love to be inside the head of. I think people will consider him to be a little bit of unreliable narrator but I find him to be completely reliable in his selfishness and emotionless state of being. There's nothing surprising in how he acts, what he does and how this eventually plays out. I was surprised at the end and honestly, I'm really happy with that ending.My issues with the book was that the pacing of the back and forth from past to present seemed a bit repetitive and we really didn't get anywhere till the last quarter of the book. Maybe we needed all that build up to realize what a douchenozzle Peter really is... or maybe it could've condensed or played a little bit differently to make a bit more convoluted and twisty. Then again, all of this makes Peter all too real. It's true - sometimes you only see what you want, but if you look close enough, you'll always find that other person lurking under someone's skin. We all have our roles, but we all have out blinders. Careful out there, folks! ;)Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Park Row Books for this review copy.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This psychological thriller was intricately plotted and had an interesting premise. However, the journey through the book felt labored and I couldn’t connect with the main character Peter Caine. The author tries to make the case that sociopaths can be created through life experience instead of just being born that way. I was not won over to that view because Peter was portrayed inconsistently. Some readers may be able to let go and just enjoy the plot of the book. I couldn’t quite get there with This psychological thriller was intricately plotted and had an interesting premise. However, the journey through the book felt labored and I couldn’t connect with the main character Peter Caine. The author tries to make the case that sociopaths can be created through life experience instead of just being born that way. I was not won over to that view because Peter was portrayed inconsistently. Some readers may be able to let go and just enjoy the plot of the book. I couldn’t quite get there with this book and was left feeling unsettled and depressed after reading it. Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin Trade Publishing, and the author A.F. Brady for an advanced electronic review copy.
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent story! The writing was fast-paced and enthralling. Even though I knew how it would end [who did it] I couldn't put it down. This book can make you rethink how you interact with your fellow human beings. Relationships are far more important than we realize.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy.Review to come.
  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Collateral damageSociopaths 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 charact Collateral damageSociopaths 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!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent characters, brilliant read. I looked forward to Brady’s second book and it didn’t disappoint.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    While this novel is very well-written, I found it a bit difficult to get into it simply because none of the characters are likable. The main character, Peter Caine, and his boss are both sociopaths (and generally proud of it). Peter's love interests are clingy, desperate, and needy. However, the story is interesting and I did want to find out what happened. I was able to figure out the ending pretty early - in fact, I thought the "whodunit" was pretty obvious - but I still wanted to see how the While this novel is very well-written, I found it a bit difficult to get into it simply because none of the characters are likable. The main character, Peter Caine, and his boss are both sociopaths (and generally proud of it). Peter's love interests are clingy, desperate, and needy. However, the story is interesting and I did want to find out what happened. I was able to figure out the ending pretty early - in fact, I thought the "whodunit" was pretty obvious - but I still wanted to see how the story unraveled and how it impacted the various characters.3.5 stars
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to win a uncorrected copy. Thank you A.F Brandy! 😁I could not put this down! Peter is a defense attorney and unbeatable at his job. He never fails, he does not allow it it is who he has trained himself to be. Can he prove his innocence against a former lover? Great ending..
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  • Roma Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars rounded downThis is a hard book to rate. It does extremely well in some areas and not so much in others. It is the kind of book that is fascinating yet not too hard to put down. It starts at a good pace and is engrossing but then it quickly slows its pace and that does not help, also I did figure it out so that made it slightly predictable. The timeline of Peter’s life is a little messy so it takes effort to keep track of it. Other than that it’s fantastic. Peter is evil, unreliable, a 3.5 Stars rounded downThis is a hard book to rate. It does extremely well in some areas and not so much in others. It is the kind of book that is fascinating yet not too hard to put down. It starts at a good pace and is engrossing but then it quickly slows its pace and that does not help, also I did figure it out so that made it slightly predictable. The timeline of Peter’s life is a little messy so it takes effort to keep track of it. Other than that it’s fantastic. Peter is evil, unreliable, and cruel. He is a high functioning sociopath in my opinion. He has so many multiple facets to his personality that it is exhausting to read his story. There is so much fabrication and pretense with this character that it is hard to know what is the truth! I did not quite understand why any of the women in his life put up with him, he has no redeeming qualities in my opinion. He fits the image of a greedy, cunning and mean-spirited DA completely. This is a disturbing novel and I rate it a 4 only because of how much it made me feel! Thank you NetGalley and HARLEQUIN for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. #NetGalley, #OnceALiarYou can find my reviews on romasharma.blogspot.com
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  • Owl._.
    January 1, 1970
    Hooked from the beginning and the end .... totally unexpected!! Highly recommend if you are looking for an intense , pshychological thriller that you won't want to put down.Thank you #netgalley and #HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for the eARC.
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  • Cindy Price
    January 1, 1970
    My review is featured in Library Journal. It will be in January or February 2019.Great second effort by Brady, proving to be a master of suspense!
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Peter is a Manhattan attorney with a reputation for getting hardened criminals off.Now he must deal with being under the spotlight as a sociopath.Questions arise concerning his mistress Charlie Doyle whose death shocked the nation.I'm sorry did I say Charlie I meant Charlotte his live in girlfriend whom he met as a design assistance which consequently was after divorcing Juliette.Well at least they divorced before he went and had an affair with Charlie?!....Geez, my whole time line is all messed Peter is a Manhattan attorney with a reputation for getting hardened criminals off.Now he must deal with being under the spotlight as a sociopath.Questions arise concerning his mistress Charlie Doyle whose death shocked the nation.I'm sorry did I say Charlie I meant Charlotte his live in girlfriend whom he met as a design assistance which consequently was after divorcing Juliette.Well at least they divorced before he went and had an affair with Charlie?!....Geez, my whole time line is all messed up...So as I think I was saying perhaps the matter will settle as Jamie (his son with Juliette) is now old enough to know better. In his son he may find the support system he always wished he had. Oh wait! I'm sorry I'm confused it must be that after Juliette's passing things became hectic on this family and who truly knows what is going on here.After all isn't there more than one death & are they not connected by another odd coincidence?I'm just curious who actually killed Charlie so justice can be served.Now we must remember Patience is a Virtue...Hold on to your horses this one is busting out all gates!!!Lord, AF Brady got this one on overdrive!Thank you AF Brady, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this exceptional ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Joelle Egan
    January 1, 1970
    The first-person narrator of A.F. Brady’s Once a Liar is exactly what many people assume all Defense Attorneys must be to succeed- callous, soulless and greedy. The book opens as Peter attempts to feign human emotions at the funeral of his ex-wife. He is dismissive of his caring girlfriend and clearly dreads the fact that his estranged 16-year-old son will be coming to live with them. It turns out that Peter was not always this way, evidenced in flashbacks to the time when he met the deceased wo The first-person narrator of A.F. Brady’s Once a Liar is exactly what many people assume all Defense Attorneys must be to succeed- callous, soulless and greedy. The book opens as Peter attempts to feign human emotions at the funeral of his ex-wife. He is dismissive of his caring girlfriend and clearly dreads the fact that his estranged 16-year-old son will be coming to live with them. It turns out that Peter was not always this way, evidenced in flashbacks to the time when he met the deceased woman and began his career. Ashamed of his lackluster childhood, Peter has reinvented himself by creating a fabricated life story that allows him to assimilate into the upper echelons of NY society. His ex-wife just happened to be the daughter of his hero and mentor, a famous and ruthless defense lawyer. Over time, Peter loses more and more of himself as he begins to adopt the attitudes and habits of his father-in-law. In the present timeline, the consequences of his secret past and increasingly anti-social and amoral behavior are coming to fruition, and Peter is accused of the murder of a long-time rival DA’s daughter. The evidence piles up against him and even his closest associates don’t believe in his innocence. Even the reader may be suspicious of this character that repeatedly revels in his lack of a moral center. The mystery of the murder concludes satisfyingly, but some of the plot elements are problematic. Much of Peter’s character is based on the idea of sociopathy as predisposed, triggered by a trauma, and potentially reversible by another significant event. If left unaddressed, it can develop into psychopathy. This is not how modern psychological theory describes these traits (diagnosis is Antisocial Personality Disorder). The women in the story are portrayed as unbelievably long-suffering and patient with this man who seems to have no redeeming qualities and is emotionally abusive. The clues for the mystery are a bit transparent and many will be able to spot them easily before the end, thereby ruining a pivotal twist. In summary, Once a Liar is a passably decent thriller with some interesting plot elements that are sometimes overshadowed by characters that are too one-dimensional to connect with the reader.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Peter Caine is not a nice man. Not at work and not at home. He's got some mental health issues, to say the least. However, he did not murder Charlie (or did he?). Hah! Charlie's stepfather was already a sworn enemy and he's a DA so things are just bad. This nicely twisty thriller will keep you guessing. Told in dual time line, you'll follow Peter as he becomes the man he is when Charlie is killed. He's left a trail of broken relationships and just now is going to deal with his 16 year old son. Y Peter Caine is not a nice man. Not at work and not at home. He's got some mental health issues, to say the least. However, he did not murder Charlie (or did he?). Hah! Charlie's stepfather was already a sworn enemy and he's a DA so things are just bad. This nicely twisty thriller will keep you guessing. Told in dual time line, you'll follow Peter as he becomes the man he is when Charlie is killed. He's left a trail of broken relationships and just now is going to deal with his 16 year old son. You might guess the identity of the real villain but the pleasure will remain because it's in watching the snakes dance. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Courtney Lavallee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc for an honest read and review.I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as I haven't always had the best luck with thrillers.This book was so good, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I got about 75% of the way through the book before I started to realize who the bad guy was. It had so many twists and turns that you kept expecting certain things to come to light and the exact opposite would happen. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an e-arc for an honest read and review.I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as I haven't always had the best luck with thrillers.This book was so good, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I got about 75% of the way through the book before I started to realize who the bad guy was. It had so many twists and turns that you kept expecting certain things to come to light and the exact opposite would happen. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, this one is high up on my list for me.
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  • Stephanie Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    This book had an awesome twist at the end that I loved! To me part of the ending had always been possible, but there were other things that happened that I hadn't thought were a possibility. It was great!The book follows a man named Peter Caine, a criminal defense attorney; and it goes through his life alternating between the past and the present. Peter has just obtained full custody of his teenage son Jamie, as his mother, Juliette, has passed away. The flashbacks start right before Peter has m This book had an awesome twist at the end that I loved! To me part of the ending had always been possible, but there were other things that happened that I hadn't thought were a possibility. It was great!The book follows a man named Peter Caine, a criminal defense attorney; and it goes through his life alternating between the past and the present. Peter has just obtained full custody of his teenage son Jamie, as his mother, Juliette, has passed away. The flashbacks start right before Peter has met Juliette, and goes to the present with Peter and his live-in girlfriend, Claire. Peter is a changed man as the job of criminal defense attorney has really changed him; hardened him. It definitely is causing problems in his life, as his personal and work lives collide. This is definitely a book I would recommend.
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  • Lee Staes
    January 1, 1970
    “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 fascinatin “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.
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  • Diplobrat
    January 1, 1970
    Once a Liar is A.F.Brady's second book - and the second AFB book I've read. Just like her debut, this book is a great page-turner. The characters are intense and unique, the plot twists and turns and takes you on a wild adventure. The ending is great - and I CANNOT WAIT for her next novel to be out!
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  • Rebecca Minnock
    January 1, 1970
    Part of an elite social circle, Peter Caine isn't just your average defense attorney. He is the best defense attorney. Oh, and he just so happens to be a sociopath.When an ex-lover is brutally murdered, all the evidence indicates Peter is guilty...A thrilling rollercoaster that delves into Peter's past and present and then sucker punches you with the reveal at the end. I was hooked from the start, I would definitely recommend this page turner!
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  • Lilly
    January 1, 1970
    This is an intense and dark psychological thriller. It is told from the protagonist's point of view giving the reader an insight into his inner thoughts and feelings. The plot is pacey and raises many thought provoking questions.Brady also succeeds in creating a character that is both despicable, yet appealing all the same.My thanks go to the author, the publisher, Netgalley for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Keirstin Smith (CloudOfThoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    Once a Liar by author A.F. Brady. An intense novel that uncovers who murdered one mans partner. Was it him? Was it someone who’s set him up? You’ll have to read through the many twists and turns to find out the shocking truth!Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Once a Liar in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2019/0...
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    This is a well-paced political thriller told in two timelines, past and present (then and now). The main character, Peter, is a sociopath with a hidden past. When people in his life start dying, things begin to go downhill for Peter...***SPOILERS AND OBSERVATIONS AHEAD***This book was well written with complex characters. I liked everyone, even Peter. He seemed like a fairly believable sociopath. The kind you really love to hate. The story was well-paced, never boring. However, the last two perc This is a well-paced political thriller told in two timelines, past and present (then and now). The main character, Peter, is a sociopath with a hidden past. When people in his life start dying, things begin to go downhill for Peter...***SPOILERS AND OBSERVATIONS AHEAD***This book was well written with complex characters. I liked everyone, even Peter. He seemed like a fairly believable sociopath. The kind you really love to hate. The story was well-paced, never boring. However, the last two percent of the book was chock-full of all the realizations we were waiting for. It was a lot to throw in at the end. I would’ve rather read Juliette’s letter than be told what it contained, and that bomb should’ve been dropped a lot earlier in the story. The thread that could’ve unraveled the mystery of who killed Charlie was so obvious, and I have a hard time believing Peter, Sinan, and the Franks couldn’t figure it out. Sinan asked about Peter’s suits several times. Why did no one follow up on that? I knew who the murderer was from the moment we got the witness statement. It was irksome and unbelievable (literally) that no one else in the book couldn’t figure it out. Oh well. Peter got what he deserved for killing poor Bruno 🦞 3.5*Thanks to Harper Collins, Park Row, and Edelweiss for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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