Jonathan and Philip are approached by an old college friend of Phillip’s with an interesting proposition. Angela offers to have their child. Thrilled at the prospect of becoming fathers, they little realize the depths of deception that Angela has planned nor the price they will have to pay.
One Last Lie by Rob Kaufman was a page turner! I was on the edge of my seat as each layer of the story was revealed. Clues to the conclusion are scattered throughout the story, however, the “last lie” remained shrouded until close to the end.
The story has multiple perspectives so that the reader is able to see the horror unfold, yet helpless to do anything about it. The characters were well-developed, both the principal players and minor personas. Rationales for the ultimate decisions made by the characters are hinted at but not spelled out. There’s an element of chance throughout it all.
The majority of the story is set in Connecticut, on streets that I visited as a child, which for me added just a little extra realism. The author did a fabulous job setting the scene. Things like this just don’t happen in upper-middle-class America, or do they?
It was well written, with nary an error found. Unfortunately, I don’t think this book is for everyone. It’s not a pleasant read. There’s no happy ever after ending given. I would even say that it just might be too real for some. Who knows why people do what they do? Who knows why bad things happen? It would be easy to say that horrible things are perpetrated by those who have some sort of mental illness. In fact, the book suggests that. However, can that explain the permissiveness or blindness of those who interact with such people on a daily basis?