Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Date Read: February 19th, 2018
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From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel–the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
I received a copy of Genuine Fraud by Allen & Unwin for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
As a big fan of We Were Liars, I was very excited about this book but also a little worried because my expectations were high, but it was worth it, Genuine Fraud is a catchy, complex and dark book, told in a unique way that will keep you hooked from the first page.
I don’t really want to tell you too much about this book, because I think any little detail could be a potential spoiler, I know the synopsis may sound rather vague but I assure you that it’s all you need to know before reading this book. This is one of those books where it’s better to go in knowing nothing about it.
NOW I JUST WANT TO GIVE A WARNING TO EVERYONE WHO HASN’T READ THIS BOOK – DO NOT READ ANY REVIEWS, DO NOT WATCH ANYTHING ON THIS BOOK, DO LITERALLY NOTHING. JUST BUY IT AND READ THE SYNOPSIS AND START IT. ALSO, THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ANYWAY.
The book is inspired by The Talented Mr Ripley, which I have recently seen the movie of after being told that it has a lot of Similarities and I’m now very interested to read the book to that now. Genuine Fraud is basically The Talented Mr. Ripley with Female characters instead. Seriously, there’s one scene that is practically lifted from The Talented Mr. Ripley’s eerily dark pages.
E. Lockhart explicitly states that Genuine Fraud is intended as a homage to Patricia Highsmith’s crime classic. But Besides gender and the many similarities, there are multiple points of departure that prove fascinating.
Genuine Fraud is the story of Jule West-Williams and her best friend Imogen. Anything else said here would spoil the plot. The plot is told in reverse, this means that we start in the present and as we move through the chapters it goes backwards. It worked perfectly and although I must admit that at first I was somewhat confused, I feel that once you understand how it works you’ll be hooked and then it will be even more interesting.
The writing style did not disappoint me at all, I remember that one of the things I loved the most about We Were Liars was it’s beautiful writing. E. Lockhart is a hit or miss with a lot of people, but While I love the writing of both We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, don’t let that put you of off reading this book. The Writing is not quite as poetic as it was in We Were Liars. So if you didn’t like that aspect of the book, I would suggest to still give this one a chance.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a young-adult mystery Thriller. I would definitely recommend checking this book out—especially if you enjoy a good mystery.
That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.