Once a Liar: A Novel

Once a Liar: A Novel

by A.F. Brady


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From the author of The Blind comes an electrifying story of deception, duplicity and suspense

Peter 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778369974
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 202,476
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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LauraJay-BookClubReporter 6 months ago
Once A Liar is a story in which some of the main characters are easy to dislike. The reader may well find the behavior of high-powered criminal defense attorney, Peter Caine, and other major characters, disturbing. Nonetheless, I found myself turning the pages faster and faster! The thriller storyline is intense and more than enough to keep the reader enthralled and actively engaged. Once A Liar is jam-packed with tension! This superbly written psychological thriller is an irresistible and exciting rollercoaster ride! If you have ever wondered about the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath—read Once A Liar!
WhisperingStories 8 months ago
Peter Caine is a defense attorney, working and living in Manhattan. The book opens with Peter attending the funeral of his ex-wife Juliette. After her death Peter is having to take in his teenage son Jamie, a lad he hasn’t really had anything to do with for the last 16 years of his life. Peter lives with her girlfriend Claire and she and Jamie seem to hit it off. He also has been known to have affairs, including one that ended his marriage to Juliette after he had an affair with the DA’s Step-daughter Charlotte. After a gala event brings Peter and Charlotte back together again, Claire gives him an ultimatum, but it’s not long before Charlotte is brutally murdered and all the evidence seems to point to Peter being the culprit. It’s now up to Peter to prove his innocence, but who would want to frame him? It’s a long line, so take a seat and enjoy the ride! It’s not often I read a book where the main protagonist is a hateful, disrespectful and outright self-centred arse, but that is who Peter is. He wasn’t always this way but after working for Juliette’s father who was the same sort of man, he lost all empathy and only cared about money, winning and how he looked in others eyes. The book is told in alternating chapters of Then and Now. The pace is quite slow which is not something I particularity like about a book, especially a thriller, but it worked for this one. In case you have read the synopsis and wondering who Charlie is – I was thinking the same when I was reading the book – It is actually Charlotte, Charlie is the name Peter calls her. The murder of Charlotte (Charlie) happens quite a way into the book giving you time to work out what type of man Peter is and was and his backstory. I can’t say I felt sorry for Peter being wrongly accused of someone’s murder – This was a man who spent his career getting murderers, rapists, etc off from their charges even though he knew most of them were guilty. He enjoyed the challenge. The writing was superb and I was held to the pages at first waiting for the murder I knew was going to take place to occur and then waiting for Peter to put all the pieces together. If you like a good thriller and don’t mind them being slow and jumping back and forth in time then give this book a read.
rickzeck 8 months ago
Wow! I guess I should have seen this coming, since The Blind was so startlingly good. I almost wish I saved Once A Liar for some lazy summer days. Instead, I blew through it instead of working today. Original, powerful writing which propels a thrilling story. Thought I could see what was coming. Nope. She surprises at every turn, with both the action and thoughts of all characters; no easy feat. Love that both the female and male characters (Claire, Juliette, Charlie, Peter, Jamie, Harrison, etc) are so compellingly drawn. Keep them coming, AF Brady!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Excellent characters, brilliant read. I looked forward to Brady’s second book and it didn’t disappoint. I love the insight into a hotshot New York lawyer's life and how people can get carried away with status and notoriety. I didn't see the ending coming and once it did I had to call someone to talk about it! Exhilarating. Loved it and highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONCE A LIAR IS A KEEPER! Loved it. Recommended it to friends as soon as I completed reading it. The storyline is a high difficulty jigsaw puzzle with fascinating characters who possess and display interesting traits (and in some cases, very distasteful ones) that grabbed my attention and kept me locked in throughout this fast moving story. The primary characters are each endowed by Brady with precise traits, behaviors and attitudes that are consistent, congruent and believable. In other words, the characters matter. Each one displays distinctive qualities that are tailor made on an individualized basis. No shortcuts are taken in character development. Once again Brady proves herself to be a skillful storyteller as she did in her debut novel, THE BLIND. She has crafted a compelling psychological whodunnit that incorporates deliciously engrossing psychological profiles and twists wrapped around each character. This is a great read.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!