I liked Genuine Fraud until the very last chapter. And I guess the saying goes, “The journey is more important than the destination” – that’s exactly how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed the journey of it! I probably should have never reached the destination.
Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
I read E. Lockhart’s previous suspense thriller, “We Were Liars” when it was released and didn’t get the hype. I strongly disliked that book. I was curious to read something else of hers so when I had the chance to read the ARC of Genuine Fraud, I figured I’d give it a try.
Genuine Fraud is told in reverse chronological order, from the present and going back to how the main character Jule ended up at that moment. I feel like it is best read in one sitting (the ARC is just 262 pages) because otherwise you will forget what previous happened. (I made that mistake. I had to backtrack to recall what had happened.) It’s pretty clear from the first chapter (no, first few pages!) that Jule is lying about something. The entire story is built upon lies and whom you believe. It’s suspenseful in the aspect that you don’t know what is truth and what Jule has made up and accepts as the truth.
What I found interesting was all the lies Jule built up for herself and how she kept track of what the constant people in her life knew (or didn’t know) about the true Jule. She is very smart for being able to memorize bank accounts, passports, emails and other personal and valuable information. She can change her persona based on the situation. And who really is her bff Imogen and why is Jule going by “Imogen”?
I enjoyed the ride and thrill of this book, but the ending left me a little upset, just how I felt with We Were Liars.
I would recommend this book if you enjoyed We Were Liars. If you enjoyed that story, you will most likely enjoy this one. But if you don’t like suspense or not knowing what is going on until the very end – turn back while you still have the chance.