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Thursday 16 November 2017

Review: Genuine Fraud

For anyone wanting to read a page-turning YA thriller  which will leave you second guessing throughout, this is the book for you. Best selling author E. Lockhart once again packs a punch with a tale of lies, deception, secrets and destructive friendships.

Jule and Imogen are orphans from opposite backgrounds. Jule, 18, is trying to reinvent her past and her life. She's strong, a fighter and a master of deceit. Imogen, 19, is a spoilt heiress, who lies and has a tendency to run away from life when it suits her. She tires of friends and boyfriends, can be demanding and tries to reinvent herself.

When their paths cross, both their fates are changed forever.

What follows is a life of glamour, privilege, lies, murders and suspense. An unsettling novel that will have readers guessing and then second-guessing at the end of every chapter.

A refreshing and smart YA novel told in reverse chronology - this novel  will also appeal to adults - I was reeled in from the first chapter. Unlike many YA reads, most characters in Genuine Fraud aren't overly likeable, but this is in keeping with the protagonists view of them who happens to be an unreliable narrator. There's a couple of twists that will keep you on your toes and I found myself constantly questioning possible scenarios and outcomes.

Set amongst multiple locations - New York, Martha's Vineyard, Mexico, Las Vegas, London and San Fransisco, I found the change of locations fast-paced and the narrative unpredictable. This is a clever story with more twists and turns than a theme park rollercoaster.

Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: 6 September 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760295936
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction