Wednesday, February 13, 2019

"Once a Liar"

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, including Maurice the canine.

Brady applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Once a Liar, and reported the following:
From page 69:
“Do you think he knows they’re guilty?”

“I don’t know if all of them are guilty,” Claire responds, “but it certainly seems like they are. Peter once told me that it’s not his job to care if they did it or not. It’s his job to provide them with the best possible defense.” I’m pleased to hear Claire defending me so beautifully.

“A person needs a proper defense. Our whole legal system is based on that notion. Innocent until proven guilty, right? And if the prosecution can’t prove it, then it’s the system’s problem.” Claire knows exactly what to say. I’ve trained her well.
This passage from page 69 of Once a Liar is exemplary of the kind of deviousness and manipulation present throughout the book. Peter, who narrates, is eavesdropping on his girlfriend Claire and teenage son Jamie as they discuss Peter’s career, and the moral flexibility required to defend the seemingly indefensible.

Once a Liar explores the inner working of a sociopath, Peter Caine. How did he end up unable to experience empathy and remorse? Was he made into a ruthless, unfeeling monster, or was it inside him since birth, just waiting to get out? And whatever force fueled this condition, can he ever come back from the dark side?

When the tables are turned, and Peter is accused of a brutal murder, and he looks to be the only viable suspect, will he finally put his dark days behind him, and change his ways? And if he can, will it be too late?

Once a Liar is a psychological thriller that dissects carefully crafted appearances, asks whether we truly know anyone we think we do, and turns the ideas of forgiveness and revenge on their heads.
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