Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart {Book Review}

Now from the blurb alone, you don’t know what to expect from this book.

I actually came across the book while I was looking on another book blogger’s website and saw that it was given quite a low rating. Yet the blurb kept calling on my attention and I am genuinely happy I gave this book a chance.

There’s a massive inspiration pull from The Talented Mr. Ripley but I think it worked well in this book.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter G in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 2017

Pages: 288
Format: E-book

Plot from GoodReads:

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.


The story is told in reverse.

You start on Chapter 18 and then move backwards, with the end of the book going to Chapter 19. The reverse plot really does mess with your perception quite a bit; as soon as you find something out, something else is removed.

At first I thought I got a bad copy of the book and there was a major editing failure but realised that the author used a unique writing style to tell the story of Imogen and Jule.

I loved the fantastic story and character development, even if we get to see it all happen in reverse. It was all complex and dark. There are rich and layered settings and you’re introduced to many levels of the story that build towards the ending.

This was really an original piece of writing for a mystery plot.

The plot is twisted and you have no idea if the protagonist is a hero or a villain, or in fact who she actually is.

Some of the plot twists were predictable while others just blew my mind.


It took me a chapter or two to get into the flow of the structure and I just had to remind myself we’re moving into the past to get the answers about the present and everything is under control.

I loved this book more and more with each page turn and couldn’t wait to know how it ended.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.27 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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