Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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*Many thanks to the publishers for my Netgalley review copy!*

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.

Published by Hot Key Books in September, you can pre-order your copy by clicking HERE.

About the author:

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E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.

website: www.emilylockhart.com
Liars site: www.wewereliars.com
blog: www.theboyfriendlist.com
Twitter: elockhart

My thoughts:

Genuine Fraud is garnering comparisons to The Talented Mr Ripley from any early reviews I’ve seen. Not a book I’ve had the chance to read but it definitely piqued my interest enough to want to read this one. After finishing it, I could see how, from what little I know of Ripley, the comparisons are drawn.

Genuine Fraud focuses on Jule and Imogen and their intense friendship. Seemingly polar opposites, its only a matter of time before they start to become like each other. Genuine Fraud becomes a story of reinvention and deceit the more of it you read. There are murders, fights, disappearances and plenty more going on in this book.

Genuine Fraud is a compulsive read, in that you have to keep reading to get answers to previous events, because it is told in a reversed timeline format. While it is not anything new, it is still a current and interesting read. The characters are also intriguing, chameleon-like in how they shed facets of themselves during the course of the narrative.

This book wasn’t as suspenseful a read as I had hoped, but it is still a steady read. If you’re looking for another We Were Liars, then you’ll be disappointed as this is nothing like it. I think if you’re new to the psychological thriller genre, then you will enjoy this one. If psych thrillers are your thing, you won’t find anything new with this one. That being said, it’s a solid page-turner and definitely one to watch out for.

Recommended!

 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

 

I found myself in the rare position of being able to choose a book for myself last night. My next book to be read and reviewed for publication isn’t until next week so I got to look at my 400+ books and decide what to read.

 

I chose We Were Liars partly because it was short, a mere 227 pages, and also because it had been recommended to me sometime last year.

 

I hadn’t read the blurb, nor had I read any reviews so I went into it knowing only that it was YA fiction. Now, as regular followers and friends will attest, I rarely read outside of my crime book comfort blanket genre. I love crime fiction in every guise, so this was a massive departure for me. It was about time I read something different.


About the book (via Goodreads) :


We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.
We are cracked and broken.
A story of love and romance.
A tale of tragedy.
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide.


My thoughts: 

 

That’s some description isn’t it! Is it any wonder I didn’t know what to expect once I started reading!

We Were Liars is a book about friendship, about love, about family, and so much more. It packs it all in such a small book. I think it’s one of those books that you either love or hate. I was in neither extreme though. It left me feeling a bit meh.

It focuses on the Sinclair family. Think of those clean cut, wealthy, summering in the Vineyard kinds of US families and the Sinclair family is what you would see. Grandparents, kids, grandkids all off to the island for the summer and filling their days with tennis, swimming and wine fuelled dinners.

I found it difficult to warm to Cadence (her name is a thing of beauty though) and her “Liars” as she called them. Cousins Johnny and Mirren and another boy, Gat. As characters, they were self involved, entitled and abrasive at times.

We Were Liars also deals with teenage love. The all-consuming, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking first love, the worst kind. Reading this book, and I’m probably showing my age here, reminds me of when I was young and watching Dawson and Joey on Dawson’s Creek . The declarations and thoughts, more verbose than my teenage mind would ever be able to think of, are present in We Were Liars.

There is also tragedy in this book, and it is hidden within layers of words and written in odd shaped stanzas at various intervals. While I assumed (correctly) early, I still wasn’t certain of what happened until it was right there in black and white!

I gave We Were Liars 2⭐️ on Goodreads. I dropped stars for it’s lack of momentum, and because it just wasn’t my usual type of read. All the same, if you enjoy YA fiction, you should definitely give We Were Liars a go!

You can buy a copy here: We Were Liars

Happy reading 😊📖