Book Review | Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“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 heard so many good things about We Were Liars, a book that I am still wanting to read, I requested this book straight away.

The story is written backwards from present day to where it all began, the last chapter landing us back in present day. This is a format that I have never seen done before, and while I didn’t have a problem with it initially, after a while I found it very confusing and hard to follow.

For a psychological thriller, this book lacked suspense. It was too obvious what had happened. Being told in reverse meant we were reading to discover the hows and whys, but it never seemed to ratchet up any tension. I was expecting a plot twist that never came and for a short book, it was quite boring.

Saying this, I did enjoy the writing style and this novel will not deter me from reading anything else from this author. Genuine Fraud is a book that will appeal to many readers, but it just isn’t for me.



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