E. Lockhart is one of those authors I’ve always meant to read more of, having been blown away by the one and only book of hers that I’ve read, We Were Liars. It’s taken me nearly two years to get to that next book and I really don’t know why I’ve waited so long.
Genuine Fraud is told in a rather disjointed way, with the narrative moving back and forth across the life of Jules, a young woman who is either trying to live a carefree life thanks to an unexpected inheritance or is on the run after her best friend goes missing.
It’s all quite complicated and it’s all very simple at the same time, meaning I never knew where I was in the story and found myself putting everything together as if it was a jigsaw. Then, as each piece fell into place, I wanted to say “of course”, even though I had been nowhere near guessing the truth.
Left to another author, I think the story-telling style and the plot itself could have ended up a right old mess but E. Lockhart is good and manages to keep everything on track. There are so many read herrings here and dead ends that I can’t imagine it was easy to do and I don’t imagine it will be everyone’s favourite style of book to read. For me, though, it was a wonderful rollercoaster of “is she, isn’t she” good / bad and I loved that.
About the book…
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.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 31st May, 2018
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 5 out of 5
Note: I received this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.