Genuine Fraud

December 14, 2017 books, reviews 4

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.


I’m not usually into thrillers, but I’ve heard a lot about We Were Liars by the same author when it first came out, and my bookish friends seemed to enjoy this author, so I figured I would give it a try. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC.

The premise of a girl constantly reinventing herself and facing the consequences sounded intriguing, and I was fully prepared to be taken on international adventures and maybe a shenanigan or two. I wouldn’t usually have requested a thriller, but the blurb sounded so good that I was immediately hooked. Unfortunately, the book didn’t quite deliver for me.

When we meet the characters at the beginning, we don’t know a lot, other than that Jule is in hiding and Imogen has disappeared, possibly forever. As the story unfolds, we slowly discover what happened in their shared past. At first, the mystery was enough to keep me hooked, but I quickly had my suspicions about what happened, and I wasn’t surprised in the least by how the tension was resolved. As I said, I don’t read a lot of thrillers, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to surprise me with a good twist, but the whole story was quite predictable.

The characters usually make or break a story for me, so if I can’t relate to or care about them, the plot needs to be fantastic, and it just wasn’t. The tension was also resolved way before the ending, so the rest of the book didn’t keep me very entertained. I did enjoy parts of it, and I liked the writing style and the anachronological structure, which suited the story well.


3 stars from me! It was an enjoyable book, and I read it quite quickly even though the suspense wasn’t great towards the end. However, I couldn’t get overly involved with the characters, and I didn’t find myself caring as much as I would have liked. I might still read We Were Liars at some point though.

4 Responses to “Genuine Fraud”

    • Vlora


      It DID feel a lot longer than it should have, didn’t it? I expected to be dazzled after reading all the glowing reviews for We Were Liars, but I mostly found it predictable… I didn’t realise you didn’t enjoy We Were Liars though, I’m not so sure I want to read it now!
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  1. Valerie

    I’ve heard the same thing from other readers! And though I am interested in We Were Liars, it got such mixed reviews when it first came out, that I’m not sure I’m really that interested? I might pick this up at some point though.

  2. Olivia Roach

    I am sorry you couldn’t enjoy this one as much as you wanted to. I am a bit unsure about this one. Although I liked her previous book because of the plot twist, it was the plot twist is what made the book, and if this one wasn’t so good I’m not sure what this one will be like for me… Especially as it was predictable. The writing style sounds unique but yeah, it sounds like it needed a bit more.
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