Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams, marry and live happily ever after. When Stephanie Wood meets a sweet, sophisticated man who owns land and businesses, she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, truthful and loving. He talks about the future with her. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at the lavish three-act plays he offers her in the form of excuses for frequent cancellations and no-shows. She begins to wonder, who is this man?
When she ends the relationship Stephanie switches back on her journalistic nous and uncovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart, sassy women who have suffered the attentions of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, men with dangerously adept abilities to deceive.
In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love, and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Fake, award-winning journalist Stephanie Wood turns her scrupulous gaze onto her own life, retelling the experience of being duped by a man she met on an online dating site. Narrated with assurance and restraint by Australian actress Claudia Karvan, the story follows Woods as she ends the relationship and discovers his astounding, devastating deception. Wood’s sharp, tender prose toggles between gripping memoir and investigation into what motivates con artists online, and Karvan’s narration is particularly affecting during moments that delve into the intimate experience of romantic betrayal.
It felt so familiar
This book had me on the edge of my seat because I thought the man sounded like someone I once knew. It sent me into a world of my own, thinking about the person he was involved with - someone I know. Not myself, but someone I know. I listened for details that would confirm it was this person but by the end, I realised this person must be a lot more common than I had realised. A gripping book, a courageous retelling of a story so crucial that may save lives. I will agree with the other reviewer, the narrator’s swallowing could have been edited out of the book quite easily, too. Thank you Stephanie, from a fellow Sydneysider. :)
Great book. However distracting that you can hear the licking of lips and swallowing of the voice actor.