- File Size: 465 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RN52YEK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From all the praise crammed into the Amazon blurb, I was expecting something awesome when I picked this up. But that’s not what I got. It’s not often that I come across a book that turns me off from start to finish, but “One Last Lie” managed to accomplish that. I don’t mind being asked to suspend my disbelief a bit, but between the underdeveloped, unintelligent, unlikeable characters and a plot straight out of a bad soap-opera, this book was not a fun or enjoyable read. I didn’t even really feel the suspense or thrill of this ‘thriller’.
I don’t say this often, but I didn’t like One. Single. Character in this book. I felt a little pity for June and somewhat tolerated Philip, but otherwise, I couldn’t stand them. The amount of mental illness and sheer pervasiveness of dysfunction was too much. Even one ‘normal’ character would have made this a bearable read. They also didn’t seem to be developed beyond what was ‘wrong’ with them, so we never truly get into their heads or find a connection point. And the gullibility of the two male leads was outrageous! I just couldn’t believe that Mr. Kaufman was asking us to accept that these supposedly well-educated, intelligent men in modern society would allow Angela to get away with the things she did!
And speaking of Angela…I felt like Mr. Kaufman sort of shot himself in the foot with her. At first, there’s nothing weird about her behavior beyond what Philip remembered from their college days. She came into their home and seemed totally normal, but Jonathon bludgeoned us with the idea that there was something off. Her later antics would have been more effective if they’d been surprising, but thanks to Jonny, we see them coming a mile away and are already desensitized. That, I think, made it even more bewildering that he’d just go along with the whole plan.
Mr. Kaufman’s writing style was…unique. He did a lot of time-jumping with little to no warning and it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was where, when, and why. This whole thing had the hazy feel of a dream-sequence about it, with the result that I was never really drawn into the story. I’ll admit that the ending was a little surprising, but by that point I was so over the whole thing that it probably didn’t have the emotional punch intended. I needed something to grab onto long before that and it just wasn’t there for me.
The editing of “One Last Lie” was mediocre at best and I noted plenty of typos, ranging from incorrect punctuation to inconsistent details to missing words (usually articles). The biggest issue I had, however, was the lack of structure. Paragraphs didn’t break in appropriate or logical places (multiple actors and speakers run together) and the whole narrative had a smashed-together feel. I don’t mind when a story moves back and forth in time, but it’s nice when the reader knows it’s coming.
Bottom line: I never got comfortable with or immersed in this book. The characters were unlikable and the plot was unrealistic. There were also entirely too many stereotypes and tropes without an original spin for my tastes. If you’re looking for a riveting psychological thriller, keep walking.
There was something about the author’s writing style that drew me in, as well. The language was simple and the words flowed well. When background information was given about some of the characters, I found myself wanting to learn to understand how and why some of the key characters acted the way they did. Angela, for one, was pretty fascinating and the way she acted made sense with her upbringing. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend is another that has been through quite a bit resulting to his unstable behaviors.
As much as I couldn’t stop flipping through these pages, there were a couple of aspects here that really bothered me. For instance, Jonathan and Philip were portrayed as an intelligent and successful couple. They seemed level-headed and worked well together. But, for the life of me, I cannot understand why, after nearly fifteen years of not hearing from Angela, they would agree to this ridiculous plan of donating one of their sperms to impregnate her and share a baby between the three of them. Never mind, that what Philip remembered from their college days was her being an emotional wreck. This part of the plot just doesn’t make sense. Another aspect I wasn’t a fan of was of Philip’s character as an individual. He was too trusting and fairly flat.
There are some scenes with profanity, and I’m not usually one to enjoy a read like this, but the anger was very fitting to such scenes and I was able to read through them quickly.
The ending was what made this book heart-wrenching and a bit shocking. I actually had to re-read a part of the ending just to make sure I read correctly the first time – I did. Then, the last scene was just so bittersweet.
Though this read did include some errors, for me, it was gripping enough that I was able to overlook some of the editing issues.
Overall, another round of editing and re-thinking some of the plot decisions would be beneficial here, but as I said I was hooked from the beginning and it was an easy read to finish.
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This book held my interest and is very well written. I recommend it highly.