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Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars

Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars (Hardback)

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Synopsis

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by stars of HBO series GIRLS, Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner



From the author of the unforgettable bestseller WE WERE LIARS comes a suspenseful new psychological thriller - 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.



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Praise for GENUINE FRAUD



'Addictive and shocking feminist thriller' Lena Dunham



'A brilliant, twisty thriller--I loved it!' Karen M McManus, bestselling author of One Of Us Is Lying



'It is so good and you will devour it in one sitting. Then re-read it immediately.' @gayleforman (Gayle Forman on Twitter)



'Compelling and unique, I was absolutely hooked' Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You



'It's a captivating, suspenseful story made all the more bewitching by Lockhart's twisty narrative' Booklist



'An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries and tough-as-nails teen girls' School Library Journal, starred review



'Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of WE WERE LIARS with a twisty, backward-running plot that's slick with cinematic violence. A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of.' Publishers Weekly

Children'sFiction & true storiesAdventure storiesCrime & mystery fictionChildren'sFiction & true storiesAdventure storiesThrillersChildren'sFiction & true storiesFamily & home storiesChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fiction Publisher: Hot Key Books Publication Date: 05/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781471406621  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels including WE WERE LIARS, a New York Times bestseller and Zoella Book Club pick; THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel; FLY ON THE WALL, DRAMARAMA, and the Ruby Oliver quartet: THE BOYFRIEND LIST, THE BOY BOOK, THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS, and REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS. She co-authored HOW TO BE BAD with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. Visit her online at: emilylockhart.com or on Twitter: @elockhart.

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“She became the kind of woman it would be a great mistake to underestimate.” I LOVED E. Lockart’s We Were Liars. It’s been FIVE YEARS since I read the book and I AM STILL SHOCKED about the ending because it was twenty different kinds of insane and I LOVED IT. Which is why I was SO excited to see Genuine Fraud sitting in some surprise bookmail from Bloomsbury India – it sounded (from all the raving reviews I’d read) that this was another masterpiece and I dove in as soon as I could. Let’s break it down: WRITING: E. Lockhart’s writing has only IMPROVED since when she wrote We Were Liars with every word and chapter dripping in suspense. The short, disjointed sentences give you a little information and make twenty other questions pop up in your head, which is exactly the intended effect. E. Lockhart and Genuine Fraud really manage to pull you in and leave you SO DESPERATE for answers that your only solution is to binge the whole thing. (P.S: I took all of a DAY to read this book.) IDEA AND STRUCTURE: Genuine Fraud IS TOLD IN REVERSE. It was a disorienting experience that somehow managed to work PERFECTLY for this book, keeping the mystery alive and keeping the reader guessing. It pieced things together in REVERSE, talking about a murder (or two) and a social chameleon. I loved seeing the unravelling of Jule and Imogen and the STRUCTURE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS BOOK. PLOT: I loved the plot of this book. I probably wouldn’t have loved it as much if it wasn’t structured the way it was, but everything managed to work in the most unconventional way possible. I loved trying to understand Jule and predicting her next move (and failing.) I did spend most of this book ANTICIPATING a jaw dropping end like We Were Liars had, because this is one of the books that NEEDS one of those endings. And yet, the unfinished, vague and NORMAL note on which this book ended was the ONE thing I didn’t like about it all. I guess I WAS hoping for a deeper motivation / reason for everything happening but after over 250 pages of sitting at the edge of my seat, unsure of what came next (or before, depending on how you look at it) the actual ending was SUCH A LET DOWN. CHARACTERS: The more I found out about the characters, as I went back in time with E. Lockhart piecing this book together in reverse, I STILL feel like I don’t know either of the two main characters. I didn’t fall in love with either of them, but I do like them. I admire them, but I don’t know them. Thinking about Jule, Imogen (or even Forrest, Brooke and Patti) leave me very confused. CONCLUSION: This book is definitely one of the better mysteries I’ve read in a while and you should DEFINITELY pick it up. Genuine Fraud is about an heiress and a social chameleon told in REVERSE and there is murder and romance and WHAT MORE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR, REALLY? I only wished the ending was done better. 4 stars.

- 31/01/2018
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This is a gripping YA thriller, starting of in the present tense and working its way back through time as each chapter relays another recent event. Every chapter starts of with a date so you can tell its working backwards chronologically - which is great, but I'll admit I was confused at some points. I've read quite a lot of E. Lockharts work and many other books and I can honestly say this is one of my FAVOURITES of the year. Originally chose to read this book specifically because of the author but as soon as I'd read the blurb I couldn't shake the feeling of "I HAVE TO READ THIS" and I'm so glad I did. Hooked from the very first page, I couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened next so much. The characters are portrayed so well and the story line flows nicely. This read is a total roller coaster and wonderful thriller - highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA and is looking for something a little different - you will not be disappointed!

- 22/10/2017
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I've marked this book as three stars, but it's definitely more of a 3.5. I couldn't give it four because it took me so long to get used to the writing style and the format of how the plot worked backwards in time. It was very clever, I'll give that to Lockhart, but it just wasn't what I was expecting to read so it took some getting used to. It was great to read about an anti-hero for a change, and I really enjoyed the thrill and adrenalin that came with reading this book. I'd quite like to read this book from back to front just to go through the story again in chronological order. A few people have said that this is a rip-off of The Talented Mr Ripley, but I haven't read that. I would also like to point out that Lockhart acknowledges this book in her author's notes at the back of the book, so it's not a rip-off, she's simply taken inspiration, which I think is perfectly fine. Like I was saying, I did enjoy this book but it wasn't right for me on some levels, as mentioned. If you liked We Were Liars, I think you'll like this, but it's very different so I'd go into this book with an open mind. Also, go into it with a mind that's prepared to read a story backwards and do some serious thinking, because I used up a lot of brainpower on this one.

- 25/09/2017
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Having read some early mixed reviews for "Genuine Fraud" I decided to go into the book with an open mind. The story is written backwards in time starting at chapter eighteen through to chapter one and then ending at nineteen. Although I didn't initially have a problem with this after you stop the book and then pick it up again, it can become slightly confusing especially since the story evolves around two characters that from the start, you realise one is pretending to be the other. I don't know if I would like to read a reverse timeline again but I did enjoy the plot and found myself wanting to continue to see the outcome. The characters aren't particularly endearing or even likeable but I think that's the way they are supposed to be portrayed, however the author E. Lockhart has written a very ingenious story that keeps your attention. This may not have the punch and killer twists that some psychological/crime novels do but nonetheless it's a decent and quite a quick read. "Genuine Fraud" is my first book by E. Lockhart and certainly won't be my last, I'd happily recommend this book to fellow readers as long as you're aware of how the book is styled and that it has been partially based on an inspiration from another famous book. 3.5 stars

- 04/09/2017
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