Book Review : Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart 

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart was one of those books that I wanted to read so badly. And when I received it in the mail as a surprise, thanks to @bloomsburyindia – I literally squealed with joy. Thank you so much bloomsbury and sneha for showering kindness. 

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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.

Before I dig deeper in my thoughts about this book, I would like to inform you about certain unconventional things you will find in this book which are rare. 

• told in reverse – does this sounds like something you have read or heard before?  I bet majority of you haven’t. This book goes from the present to a level down deeper into the past. 

unreliable narrator traits –  this is something I haven’t heard about much apart from Agatha Christie’s Murder of the Roger Ackroyd . So this is new and exciting to me. If you are not a fan – stay away. 


“The way you speak is often more important than anything you have to say.” 
― E. LockhartGenuine Fraud                             

The book starts of right at the beginning wanting you to know more. Our leading lady, is on the run and we want to know why. 

But it was not only this that really got me intrigued but also figuring out the identity as we are revolving are two names – Jule and Imogen. 

But as plot driven as the start looked like, this story opened more towards character driven one. And we get to look deeper into the shaping of them. As a lover of characters over plot; I was fascinated. 

the characters keeps you on the edge as you keep your mind busy trying to figure out what is going on and still want to know more. The search for who is what keeps you going. 

Until, the murders happen. And you are left in shock as if you saw the thunder for the first time. 

But if you are someone with a running mind, you might have guessed it as tiny bit of it. Like me. 😵

Even though there is murder but there is no such mystery so – I would call this a psychological thriller and not mystery- thriller.  

 I found this book pretty dramatic at times, which kind of led me to think that a movie made of this will be a better watch. But the book is better. Always. 

The reverse narrative  is confusing in the beginning but it keeps on getting better so stay put and don’t leave it in the middle. 

The writing is very apt and appropriate for such style of writing. It keeps you wanting to know more. 

The characters are flawed, which makes them interesting and realistic. 

But as you come closer to the end anticipating that you will be shocked and thrilled. That is where your expectations roll down hill because the ending might seems pretty flat. 

I remember, I read it several times to undo my confusion. But I’m still confused. 

I gave it a lot of thought, and run through it in my mind only to realise that it was not really about what would happen- from the very beginning. It was always about why it was happening and what led to it. So, be a little disheartened but not entirely. 

Have you read this book or any other by E. Lockhart ? What do you think about Genuine Fraud ?

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