Tuesday, September 25, 2012

{Blog Tour/Review} One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman

ISBN #: 978-0985623111
Page Count: 322
Copyright: May 10, 2012
Publisher: Rob Kaufman

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Philip and Jonathan have had the perfect life together, fulfilling every dream except that of having a child. Along comes Angela, Philip's college friend who apparently conquered her old demons of obesity and manic-depression.

After reacquainting and becoming good friends, the three decide to have a child together through artificial insemination of Jonathan's sperm.

From that point, Philip and Jonathan's idyllic life begins to unravel. Angela's mask of deceit gradually slips as her pregnancy awakens psychological and physical problems, leaving Philip and Jonathan regretting ever allowing her into their lives.

Told from an elderly Jonathan's hospital bed, Angela's tangled web unwinds into heartbreak, deception, legal battles, and finally murder - with a surprise ending no one could have imagined.

Mandy's Review:

Even at 300+ pages, I was able to finish reading this book in a few hours. I didn't want to put it down. I liked that the story was told from an elderly Jonathan's point-of-view, sort of like a dying man's life passing before his eyes.

I enjoyed the dynamics of Philip and Jonathan's relationship. They worked well together. As characters, the reader gets a real sense of who they are separately and not just as a couple. When they're introduced, they've been together for twelve years, so there's a familiarity about them. Angela, though, is another story. This chic is cray-cray (aka crazy). Philip knew Angela from college fifteen years before. They stopped talking because he told her he was gay. Well that sent little Ms. Cray-Cray's plane all into a tailspin, honey. She didn't want anything else to do with him. Until fifteen years later ...

She walks through Philip and Jonathan's door for dinner looking svelte, fabulous, and completely put-together. Just remember people ... once the cookie crumbles, you're not going to be able to put it back together again. Angela is still crazy as a lunatic, but she's learned to cover it up well. So much so that Philip and Jonathan agree to have a child with her.

Gay or straight, men can be oblivious can't they?!

Sure enough, one thing leads to another and Angela's true colors come shining through! Unfortunately, it leads to murder. Now, I'm not going to tell you who or how because that would ruin the whole experience of you reading it for yourself. I will tell you, though, that this was an extremely well-conceptualized book. Even though I had an idea of what was going to happen, I still reacted to the story. I was saddened by the murder. I was shocked and angry at Angela's behavior. I just wanted to shake June, honey, until she woke up mentally. She was a nicer person than I ever would've been. The only sexual scene I recall in this book was between Angela and Tommy, so if m/m sex scenes bother you, don't worry about them. They're not in here.

One Last Lie is a suspenseful look at what could happen when you think you know someone you haven't seen in a long time.

*A physical copy of this book was provided through Pump Up Your Book, an online book publicity company, for the purposes of this tour in exchange for an honest review.

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