Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockheart
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 absolutely LOVED We Were Liars by the author and I jumped at the chance to read this. I grabbed it from the shelf in the bookstore without hesitation. I KNEW I would love it, especially since I also heard good things about it online.
The story is narrated backwards, which is the best part of the book. We start at chapter 18 and go backwards till 1 before reading 19, the last chapter.
We follow the story of Jule, starting from her living the vacation dream at a hotel and then running from a detective. Slowly, as chapters go backward, facts are unraveled. I was kept at the edge of my seat because so much was a mystery and I wanted to get to the bottom of it FAST.
By the time I reached chapter 1, the build-up was SO MUCH and I was just waiting for the drop or huge reveal. Well, guess what? We didn’t get one. Suddenly I was at chapter 19 and the build-up disappeared without a climax. I was confused. I reread that part, but I missed nothing. There wasn’t anything. I was very disappointed by the ending. Vague, normal and nothing great. It was a very open ending and I did not like it.
I finished the whole book and STILL don’t have a proper understanding of any character’s personality. I couldn’t figure out Jule or Imogen, and they were the main characers! That’s another disappointment. I don’t have much to say here because of it.
The Writing Style
LOVED IT. Kept me engaged, on edge and did not let go until the end. I got so sucked into the story, I ignored all else. It’s a little haunting.
I gave the book a good rating only because of:
- the writing style and
- the backwards narration
If the story was written normally, on the normal timeline, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have liked the book. That’s also disappointing.
Have you read Genuine Fraud? Have you read We Were Liars? If so, what did you think of them? If you haven’t, are they on your TBR? Have you read any other book written in a backwards timeline?