21 April 2018

Review - Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud
by E. Lockhart

What they say: From the author of the unforgettable New York Timesbestseller 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 received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Genuine Fraud was a bit of a mixed bag for me. Some elements I really flipped loved and others not so much.

The plot is oh-so-clever and kinda twisted, but enjoyable (although I'm not really sure enjoyable is the right word in the concept). I didn't mind the time hops and even liked the The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Postman Always Rings Twice elements.

I loved the unreliable narrator. Jules/Imogen really messes with your mind to the point where I didn't know what to believe, who to trust or if any of it was real. Not being able to trust the narrator adds and element of suspense to the mystery.

I did think the plot was a little too similar to Ripley in parts, but I love a retelling. Lockhart does it well so I was willing to forgive these similarities, but it does get extremely dark. The story is quite dour and hard to read at times, hence the mixed bag comment. I really wanted to love it, and whilst I didn't hate the book, I just didn't love it.

The writing itself is good. The tone is polished yet jumpy. Dramatic and constrained, I'd like something a little lighter next time please. 

3 Stars in my Sky!

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