- Language: English
- Genre: Psychological Thriller
- Pages: 262 pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: E. Lockhart
- Publishing Date: September,2017
- Publisher: Bloomsbury India
- ISBN-10: 1471407497
- ISBN-13: 978-1471407499
OK, here comes my confession. I have not read anything from E. Lockhart before. When this book was sent to me for review, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from it. Some of my fellow book bloggers praised it thoroughly while some said it’s just meh. So naturally I decided to go into this book with an open mind.
Genuine Fraud is story of Jule West Williams and her best friend Imogen. Jule is a fighter, social chameleon and an athlete whereas Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. I do want to explain the plot but anything more I add will only spoil the story for you. It’s a psychological thriller written in flashback. Story begins from chapter eighteen and then we are taken backwards to chapter one. Finally the book ends with chapter nineteen. I am not really a fan of flashback stories. Mainly because if you put down the book for a while, it becomes confusing as hell. Same thing happened with this book too. Along with flashback, there are so many time jumps in this story that it took me a while to finish it. Even though its a short book.
But keeping aside my dislike for flashback narratives, this one is definitely a crazy ride. To be honest there is no big reveal waiting for you in the end. But all through the book there are tantalizing little hints which indicate what is going to happen next. The chain of events through which the truth is revealed is more interesting than the actual truth itself. You get a sense of satisfaction when all your suspicions are finally confirmed.
Author has superbly used the concept of unreliable narrator in this story. Throughout the book, you can’t trust Jule. The format is so gripping that it compels you to question every word coming out of her mouth. She is not supposed to be liked or admired but if you enjoy unlikeable characters then you are going to love her.
To sum up, Genuine Fraud is an engaging, exhilarating and messed up psychological thriller. The protagonist has complex & layered personality. And she changes color like a chameleon. I didn’t love this story mainly because of flashback and confusing timeline. That being said, I really enjoyed the unique concept and third person writing style. I will definitely recommend this book to all the thriller lovers.
My Rating- 3/5
Thank you Bloomsbury India for sending me this book for review.