Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart || Lies and Murder and Truly Awful People

Genuine Fraud
How far would you go to become someone else? A masterful young adult thriller from the author of blockbuster bestseller We Were Liars.

Imogen is an heiress, a runaway, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a chameleon, and a liar.

Imogen is done pretending to be perfect, and Jule refuses to go back to the person she once was. Somewhere between the mansions of Martha's Vineyard and the shores of Cabo San Lucas, their intense friendship takes a dark turn.

A masterful thriller from the author of the unforgettable We Were Liars.

Thank you to Allen and Unwin for supplying me with a review copy of Genuine Fraud!

I LOVED We Were Liars, E. Lockhart's other novel and I wanted to love Genuine Fraud, but it fell a bit short for me. I definitely didn't hate it... maybe my expectations were just too high after enjoying We Were Liars so much.

What did I like?

  • The back to front story telling! Genuine Fraud starts at the end and as you read you move back in time, uncovering what happened in the lead up to where the book starts... (Does that make sense, the whole book is basically backwards). I don't think I've ever read a book written like this and I really enjoyed this aspect! It added a hell of a lot of suspense made me want to keep reading.

  • The twists and turns. There were so many twists and turns in the plot! Every chapter something new was uncovered. If you love books with a million plot twists then Genuine Fraud is the one for you.

  • It's dark. Genuine Fraud is full of murder and lies and mystery. (I almost wouldn't label it as YA)

What did I not like?

  • The characters. There were some truly awful characters in this book (I'm talking Delores Umbridge sort of awful). On one hand it was slightly fascinating to read about these morally evil people, but on the other hand I didn't quite understand it. And I did not care about any of the characters because they were all such horrible people.

  • A little bit of confusion... I liked the back to front thing, but it did get a little bit confusing at times and there were points that dragged a bit because of the way it was told. I just wanted to know what happened in the beginning but you have to wit for the end of the book to find that out.

I'm not quite sure what to think of Genuine Fraud. There were definitely aspects I enjoyed and it was a pretty okay read, but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed after loving We Were Liars so much. There was just something about Genuine Fraud that I didn't like and I can't quite put my finger on what that was... Maybe it was just because I couldn't connect with any of the characters... I don't know! Overall, I do love E. Lockhart's writing though and I will absolutely be reading her future novels.

Have you read anything by E. Lockhart? If you haven't then I would highly recommend We Were Liars. Have you ever been unsure of how to feel about a book? What book(s)?   


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