Happy Monday! Everyone have a good weekend? I’m ready to kick off February with some great thrillers.
Thanks to Harlequin Books and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
ONCE A LIAR – A.F. Brady (out now!)
In 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…
“A.F. Brady delivers a knockout sophomore effort. Peter Caine has a very Patrick Bateman air about him, and the whole story sizzles with sinister madness and incessant tension right to the last page. Not to be missed.” —J.T. Ellison, NYT Bestselling author of Tear Me Apart
“A smart, nuanced and spine-chilling portrayal of a sociopath walking among us… Brady’s depth of knowledge and skillful hand make us root for him in spite of everything he may—or may not—have done. Once a Liar is a thriller you won’t soon forget.” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten
“Brady is a master of intense characters and riveting storylines.” —Kaira Rouda, bestselling author of Best Day Ever and The Favorite Daughter
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
This was my introduction to A.F. Brady and I’m surprised I haven’t heard of her before! I will definitely have to go back and pick up her other books. ONCE A LIAR is a solid legal thriller with a not-so-likeable lead character – but who can really like a sociopath?
Peter is in the cutthroat world of being a defense attorney. He frequently defends rapist, killers, and the kind of people you don’t want on the streets. Does it bother him? Not in the slightest, but that’s what happens when you’re a sociopath. I will always love going into the mind of characters like these. I’m absolutely fascinated with these seemingly normal monsters that walk among us.
This kept a good pacing for me, there were a couple times the back and forth between the past and present were a little odd for me, but that was short-lived. From the beginning you get completely engrossed in the plot and the life of Peter. He has enemies galore and when his mistress is murdered he finds the blame is being put on him. He must prepare his defense and find out who is framing him for this murder.
I’m a fan of legal thrillers and these unlikable narrators – the ones you love to hate, right? I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves a slow burn of a build up for their thrillers.
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.
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