Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: September 7th 2017
Goodreads Blurb: 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.
My Rating: ★★
Everything about the blurb of this book made me want to pick this up. It sounded like a fantastic, thrilling journey with some badass females to take us through a quick paced plot. And this was kind of the case but I felt it fell short in the delivery.
The entire story is told in reverse. We meet Jule West-Williams who is on the run and as the story develops we find out more about Jule and what exactly she is running from. We meet a host of characters who she interacts with, primarily Imogen Sokoloff, her wealthy friend with who she seems to have an unhealthy obsession. If I am entirely honest I was bored for the first half of this book as I really felt like there were a lot of holes but then it begins to pick up with things unravelling quickly and more of the questions being answered.
Although it does pick up pace and answer various questions that it sets up at the start I was still left disappointed by the time I had finished. There is no mystery in this novel. I guessed a lot of what Jule’s had done in her past and wished there had been more twists that made it shocking rather than predictable.
I didn’t like a single one of them. Neither Jule nor Imogen had any redeemable qualities. Jule is painted as being a scrappy, scheming liar and that is seen throughout the book however I couldn’t quite get into her character as her background story is never told aside from what she wants us to believe. I just wanted to know more about the reasons behind why she did various things she did. Imogen on the other had was ridiculously spoilt and manipulative in her own way. She uses her charm to pull people in before getting bored and finding new people to bring into her circle.
The few other characters we encounter include Imogen’s parents who are seen to be overbearing and naive and a group of Imogen’s friends and boyfriend who are equally as spoilt and shallow as she is. I kept hoping for more depth to them but it never came.
I think Genuine Fraud is worth a read if you want something to breeze through quickly however I won’t be jumping to recommend it with people. It’s an interesting premise but the lack of depth to the characters and the predictability of the plot left me wanting more.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.