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Preview — One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman
One Last Lie
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...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first half of the tense and romantic novel seems tame at best, a love story between two men wanting ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jonathan and Philip are both loveable characters who are totally in love and deeply devoted to each other. Their lives seem ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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, ...more
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However, he wanted to share more than just stories. His primary desire was to create characters with whom people could relate, while at the same time bringing them ...more