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One Last Lie

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  106 reviews
She’s demonic and evil, a wicked she-devil you’ll love to hate in this riveting psychological thriller that reviewers say is “gripping”, “heart wrenching” and “holding my breath suspenseful”.

Angela is beautiful and charismatic on the outside. But on the inside, a demon rages, determined to get anyone and anything she wants. And now with her biological clock ticking, she

Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 12th 2014 by Rob Kaufman (first published May 1st 2012)
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Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted

Shortly after my 23rd birthday, a gay male friend asked me to marry him. We worked closely together for two years, our cubes separated by one flimsy wall. Our friendship started tentatively, gradually progressing from occasional lunches to spending quite a bit of time together outside of work. I learned he was deeply closeted and only out to me and one other gay man at work. Not even his parents knew. I also learned that despite being gay,
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Good Thriller author Rob
One Last Lie is the second novel written by author Rob Kaufman. It is a fast and easy read that I very much enjoyed. It is basically the tale of a loving couple whose lives are infiltrated by a wretch of a woman whose cunning and treachery rock their world.

There is much to like about this novel, which I would classify as psychological suspense. The plot is tight, the pace is quick, and the protagonists Philip and Jonathan are sympathetic characters who are easy to root for. The story pulled me
Rob Kaufman
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book and am finally trying to enjoy it from a "reader's" perspective.
It's a tough job, but it's fun.
When I finish it, I'll rate it.
Gee, I wonder how many stars I'll give it...
Linda Strong
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Insomnia again! So while there's nothing good on TV at 2 AM, I decided I'd get started on One Last Lie. At 6AM I quit reading to catch my breath. Then I couldn't go to sleep because of all the visions I had in my head.

I loved the characters ... I hated one in particular. I felt sorrow and sadness and then I felt blindsided by what was really happening.

I've seen Angela described as a demon ... I'm not sure that fits her. She is so much more.. a manipulator of the highest caliber... a
Jason Bradley
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Okay, where to start. This book takes you on a long ride. Some of it is beautiful, while other parts are terribly hard to sit through. The author paints both his characters and the situations so well, with such detail, that by 50 pages in, I felt like I knew these people and experienced all these things with them. Rarely do books make me cry, but this one did.

One Last Lie is a tale that stars Philip and Jonathan, a middle-aged gay couple who have been together for years and are thinking of having a child. Enter our supposed she-devil, Angela. Yes, she was manipulative and a compulsive liar, but she was anything but possessed by a demon as the synopsis of the book suggested she was.

Instead the book presented an emotionally damaged woman, two extremely trusting gay men and not one, but two, ex-druggies all wrapped up in a sordid little tale of lies
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman in a word is awesome, an incredible psychological thriller that will have the reader hanging on the edge during the explosive and thrilling final pages. Which is odd, since the reader knows a very important fact very early on that drives the novel - and yet, I found myself shocked and stunned by the actual event. To say that I was affected is an understatement.

The first half of the tense and romantic novel seems tame at best, a love story between two men wanting
Erin Dunn
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*I won this book on goodreads in one of the giveaways*

I really liked it. The plot was great and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, waiting to unravel all the secrets. Right away I really felt for Philip and Jonathan, and by the way I really enjoyed how well written their relationship was. I was worried it would be cheesy or too sexual, but it wasn't at all. It was very sweet. I wanted to warn them through the whole book about Angela. Boy, there are a few names I kept calling her in
Jan 04, 2014 marked it as to-read-pruned
Shelves: to-read-maybe
I'm scared of this book.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've never been one to write good reviews, I simply share my thoughts and if those thoughts help you decide whether to read a book or not, good.

One Last Lie is the type of book that will suck you in from the first sentence and then just won't let you go until the end. I stayed up until 6:30 am to finish it, I ruined my sleep schedule for this book. There is something about knowing some of the major things that will happen in a book that makes you cringe while reading because you know sometime
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan and Phillip have been together for 12 years. They are a very happy and successful couple. In walks Angela from Phillips college years. They had a falling out 15 years ago and now she is wanting them to have a baby with her as her biological clock is ticking. In college she was morbidly obese, no she is skinny, sexy and beautiful. Jonathan has reservations about having a baby and having it with Angela. He sees something hiding under the surface of her cheerful, nice demeanor. Their ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read Robert's first book, "In The Shadow of Stone" I didn't think it possible for him to write another book that would keep my interest as much as it did or affect me more. Boy was I wrong! From the very beginning of this book I was hooked in a way that few books have managed to do. The writing, the story line, the characters, the twists and turns in the plot all had me needing (not wanting!) to continue reading until I finished. I kept thinking all through this book that it could make a ...more
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. I really liked Kaufman's first book and kept putting off reading this one until I had the time to read it in one sitting, sure that I was going to devour it. Once started, though, I wasn't expecting the overwhelming sense of dread I had, knowing what was coming. And that's never something that I enjoy. So I admit to skimming through a lot, thinking, let's just get this over with. In no way do I think this was a bad book - just not the book for me. I'll ...more
Marj Ward
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this Author but not my last. An amazing, couldn't put it down story. The characters were well developed. I disliked Angela, a master manipulator, so much. Philip and Jonathan have been a couple for twelve years. Angela is a conniving bitch who convinces them to have a child with her. I loved the way the book starts and ends with Jonathan, an elderly man waiting for death, and then the story is told. The ending was superb. I received a copy of the book from the Author and my ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book. Rob Kaufman has an eloquent way with words and comes up with some beautiful phrases and descriptions. His characters are very real, and I wavered often in my feelings about Angela. The story may seem predictable, but there were also surprises.
Jack Urquhart
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Last Lie (Kindle e-book version), by Rob Kaufman: Tense march toward tragedy and undefeated love
Book Review by Jack A. Urquhart

The early chapters of Rob Kaufman’s tensely wrought and engaging novel, One Last Lie, seem to herald a predictable story of ‘gayfluence’ brought low by tragedy. Indeed, Kaufman appears to be going for that familiar paradigm by setting his novel in the wealthy enclave of Westport, Connecticut, and by employing a narrative stance that immediately establishes the fact
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The story begins with Jonathan, old, alone, and miserable, he is living is a home for elderly adults. He is more then ready to die but when his nurse tells him that he has a surprise visitor coming the next day Jonathan can't even begin to imagine who it would be. He begins thinking back on his life and we see flashbacks of his life with Philip from the very beginning.

Jonathan and Philip are both loveable characters who are totally in love and deeply devoted to each other. Their lives seem
Ruth Hill
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a tough book for me to review in some ways due to the nature of the book. Let me be up front. This book does feature a gay couple, and I don't generally read books that center around gays. It's just not my thing, and it goes against my faith. I'm not saying that I hate these people--not in the least. Goodness, the gay couple were the nicest and most normal people in the book, and I truly cared about them. I hated to see what was happening to them and how they were being treated. I am ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me preface by saying that I am not gay. Not that that really needs to be said. (Well, maybe it does.)

Secondly, let me give my thanks to the author for not making this a book of gay erotica because I don't think I could've gotten through this wonderful book with that included.

I must say the synopsis certainly had me intrigued. I also knew that if I got too uncomfortable, I could always stop reading it. I also found that my interest was piqued as to how Jonathan and Philip met,
Aaron Meier
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Boring, trite, completely formulaic.

This book reads like a novelization of a bad Lifetime TV movie that gets rerun on Logo at 2 AM.

I got this book because it was on the LGBT book club reading list, but wish I'd reread the other selection, Fried Green Tomatoes, instead.

The writing is very simplistic. The characters are bad stereotypes, and the plot just plain dull.

There are some books that you must finish just because you hate the book so much. This is one of those books. Thankfully I
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"One Last Lie" by Rob Kaufman is a gem of a book. The story had me from the first sentence. The book is well writen with a cast of characters and a story line that is contemporary and believable. It is a very emotional book and one that I didn't want to put down.
The story centers on Philip and Jonathan, long time partners who decide that it's time to start a family. There are many layers and twists and turns to the plot that to say any more would give these away. Rob Kaufman is a wonderful
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is WOW! I always can tell a good book when I think about the characters and the story when I'm not reading, i.e. cooking, at work, etc..and once I started this book I was so involved with the characters I couldn't stop thinking about them. So many twists in the plot that are unexpected definitely makes this a page turner. I am looking for more books from this author as I would love to read more from him. It's a must read!
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a few chapters to get into it. But once I did it was very different than I expected in a good way. I enjoyed the guessing game I used with this book. I was always trying to guess what was going to happen next and I was not right most of the time. I liked that about it. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I won One Last Lie in a Goodreads giveaway and I loved it from start to finish!!!
The story provides surprises, a great love story and a bad guy (or woman sorry).Every thing I need. I found my self so deeply involved in the book that I was warning Jonathon and Philip.
This book was a great read! Thank you to Rob Kaufman and Goodreads
Paula Adams
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read book. I loved the ending. It totally surprised me and it takes a lot to do that with all the books I read. I've been raving about this book since I started reading it on the plane on my way to sunny, hot, Florida.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I couldn't put this down! My only complaint is that in my opinion too much of the story is given away in the blurb and on the back of the paperback. Even so, it was still compelling and my heart bled for Philip and Jonathan.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! I couldn't put this book down!!! EXCELLENT BOOK!!!!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I've read by Rob Kaufman and I was not disappointed! As the title suggests, there are lies--and one very big "last" lie that is revealed at the end. This is a lovely family drama that draws you in from the beginning as cynical Jonathan--who is dying in an assisted living facility--discovers he will have a mystery guest visit him the following day. From there we go back to the past as Jonathan and Philip's relationship begins and blossoms, only to be torn apart by a woman ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Her words were like tinfoil; they shone and they covered things up." - Helen Cross

on his twenty-fifth birthday, Philip Stone met Jonathan Beckett. twelve years later, both men are still together. one day, Philip suddenly hears from his old college friend Angela Shelton whom he has not seen in fifteen years. Angela comes to visit and her metamorphosis from flab to fab surprises Philip. Angela's charm and new-found confidence leave an impression on both men. from that fateful reunion onward,
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan and Philip have been a couple for 12 years. During this time they have discussed having a child but due to Philip diagnosis of testicular cancer 5 years ago, he's sterile. Now out of the blue Philip's friend from college Angela pops up. Angela was obese back then but even though she lost the weight the madness and craziness from then has followed her. She wants a HUGE favor from Philip, the use of his sperm for a baby. Of course she's willing to share custody of the baby with the men. ...more
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As a child, Rob was always fascinated by the stories recited by those around him and the words used to tell them. As he got older, his need to tell his own stories grew, as did his ability to share them in exciting and captivating ways.

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