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.
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
Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot that's slick with cinematic violence. Calling to mind her own The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, she offers a shrewd critique of the roles traditionally available to female characters in literature and film. This striking exploration of the nature of identity revolves around the relationship between Jule and Immie, two similar-looking orphans. Jule a fierce physical fighter and self-taught expert at disguise will do whatever it takes to escape her bleak past. Wealthy and charismatic Immie, by contrast, wafts pleasantly through life, living on Martha's Vineyard while taking time off from college. Pushed into Immie's privileged inner circle via a case of mistaken identity, Jule is swept into an intense friendship and a series of events that play intentional tribute to Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, among other literary precedents. 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. Ages 12 up.
It was readable but as the previous reviewer stated, forgettable.
Fun But Forgettable Thriller
This was between 3 and 4 stars for me. It was a quick read and enjoyable, plus the reverse chronological telling was interesting. But I just wasn't invested in the main characters and didn't quite understand Jule's motivations - they seemed too weak to explain the lengths she went to.
I enjoyed the exploration of self as a construct and how we adapt our presentation of self to suit different contexts. Jule meditates on whether being so many different people can lead to losing your true self and the consequences of this. Can you ever really truly know someone or even yourself?
I found the reverse chronological format to be an interesting method of telling the story. It starts around June 2017 and then goes back in time, a month here, a week there, until we discover how Jule's story started and what started the chain of events.
The main problem I had was that I never became invested in either Imogen or Jule. Almost every character was unlikeable and left me feeling cold. I just didn't care what happened to any of them. I also didn't understand Jule's motivation so couldn't sympathise with her.
This is a quick and enjoyable read but rather forgettable.