‘Genuine Fraud’ is the latest book by E. Lockhart.
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.
When I started reading ‘Genuine Fraud’, I was initially a little bit confused because in the very beginning the story started in the present but then every chapter after, is a time previous to each chapter.
The story is seen solely through the eyes of Jules, a reclusive young woman who lives in awe of her best friend and heiress Imogen. But when Imogen goes missing one day leaving her estate to Jules, we begin to see a different side to the quiet woman.
The story travels backwards which can make for interesting but occasionally difficult reading. As each day is the day or week before instead of the day or week after but then once I got past that, I found myself gripped by the book.
Jules is an interesting character, with a troubled childhood, she portrays herself as a simple and honest woman but really she is calculating and manipulative. She appears sweet and wholesome, when in reality she’s working on an international master plan that could potentially free her of all her problems.
Her obsession with Imogen, is quite fascinating in parts also, childhood school friends, Jules is fixated with Imogen after Imogen helped her. She’s the only real person that has ever helped Jules and Jules is obsessed with this, wanting to be with her friend again, even though they were only friends for a short time. Meanwhile Imogen, isn’t the nicest of characters, she’s quite superficial even though she pretends not to be whilst using her friends around her.
A dark and twisted tale about obsession, that’s set against the backdrop of exotic locations, ‘Genuine Fraud’ is a cleverly written story that will have the reader sitting on the edge of their seat.
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