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.
Having read some early mixed reviews for Genuine Fraud, I decided to go into the book with an open mind.
The story is written backwards in time starting at chapter eighteen through to chapter one then finishing at nineteen. Although I didn't initially have a problem with this after you stop the book and then pick it up again, it can become slightly confusing especially since the story evolves around two characters that from the start, you realise one is pretending to be the other. I don't know if I would like to read a reverse timeline again but I did enjoy the plot and found myself wanting to continue to see the outcome.
The characters aren't particularly endearing or even likeable but I think that's the way they are supposed to be portrayed, however the author E. Lockhart has written a very ingenious story that keeps your attention. This may not have the punch and killer twists that some psychological/crime novels do but nonetheless it's a decent and quite a quick read.
Genuine Fraud is my first book by E. Lockhart and certainly won't be my last, I'd happily recommend this book to fellow readers as long as you're aware of how the book is styled and that it has been partially based on an inspiration from another famous book.
Miriam Smith, 04/11/2017
Suffers by comparison -
This psychological thriller is likely to appeal most to its young adult audience, or rather to readers unfamiliar with the work of Patricia Highsmith.
Otherwise, although well-written and fast-moving, it borrows so much from a certain Highsmith novel that it is somewhat lacking in suspense. The device of telling the story in reverse does allow some element of mystery over the main character's back story, and works well on the whole, though it loses a bit of momentum towards the end when some chapters cover shorter periods of time. There was also an amusing twist in the interpretation of events adopted by law enforcement.
Overall though, like its anti-heroine, the book lacked a really convincing identity of its own.