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Genuine Fraud : A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars

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From the author of the unforgettable bestseller WE WERE LIARS comes a suspenseful new psychological thriller - 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. ----- Praise for GENUINE FRAUD 'It is so good and you will devour it in one sitting. Then re-read it immediately.' @gayleforman (Gayle Forman on Twitter) 'It's a captivating, suspenseful story made all the more bewitching by Lockhart's twisty narrative' Booklist 'Unsettling storytelling, filled with energy' Kirkus, starred review 'An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries and tough-as-nails teen girls' School Library Journal, starred review 'Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of WE WERE LIARS with a twisty, backward-running plot that's slick with cinematic violence. A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of.' Publishers Weeklyshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 28mm | 428g
  • Hot Key Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1471406628
  • 9781471406621
  • 7,713

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It's a captivating, suspenseful story made all the more bewitching by Lockhart's twisty narrative, and she constantly keeps readers guessing with unpredictable turns and eye-opening reveals. This quietly unsettling, cinematic novel is deliciously suspenseful, and while it's slim, it packs a real punch. Teens who love to hate antiheroes will be enraptured. * Booklist * a captivating, suspenseful story ... This quietly unsettling, cinematic novel is deliciously suspenseful, and packs a real punch. * Booklist * This thriller from the author of We Were Liars (2014) will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing. * Kirkus * An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls. * School Library Journal * Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot that's slick with cinematic violence. Calling to mind her own The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, she offers a shrewd critique of the roles traditionally available to female characters in literature and film. A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of. * Publishers Weekly * One of the hottest beach reads * MTV.com * An intoxicating psychological thriller ...Jule is an unreliable narrator the deceptive likes of which many readers won't be prepared for. * The Horn Book * A rollercoaster of a mystery novel by the author who brought you We Were Liars. If you like your novels full of intrigue, suspense, and completely unpredictable plot twists then this book is definitely for you. * The Book Bag * Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot featuring two teen girls, mistaken identity, and pushing against the roles traditionally available to female characters. * Publishers' Weekly * Fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars will love this psychological suspense novel, and definitely won't see the ending coming * HelloGiggles * This smart update of Patricia Highsmith's "The Talented Mr.Ripley" inserts modern cultural commentary into the classic plot of a con artist on a fiendish climb up the social ladder...Jule is undeniably and thrillingly the star of her own adventure * Chicago Tribune * Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot featuring two teen girls, mistaken identity, and pushing against the roles traditionally available to female characters. The book earned a starred review from PW * Publishers Weekly * Loved it. If you like your mysteries served ice cold, this is the book for you * Lucy Hay * Compelling and unique, I was absolutely hooked * Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You * another brilliant, twisty thriller from e. Lockhart * Karen M McManus, bestselling author of One Of Us Is Lying * A GENUINELY wonderful book. Fans of Patricia Highsmith, you'll especially want to check it out * Libba Bary, bestselling author of The Diviners * This book is amazing and thrilling and will have you second guessing at every turn of the page * Amy Alward, bestselling author of The Potion Diaries * An instant classic for a new generation * My Chestnut Reading Tree * A thriller that will leave you shook from start to finish * Maximum Pop * I read this in just over 2.5 hours because I couldn't put it down. Told in reverse, taking masses of inspiration from The Talented Mr Ripley but with a female main protagonist, Genuine Fraud was a huge page turner. It did, in substance, feel like a homage to Ripley and to Highsmith, the author captures you with her beautiful descriptive prose, rich and layered settings and hugely divisive characters. By the end of it you know everything, yet you know nothing. This is a book that demands a second reading * Liz Loves Books * It's going to take over the world * Lev Grossman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy * Seriously cannot put it down * Melissa de la Cruz, bestselling author of Alex And Eliza * Genuine Fraud's twisty, jet-setting plot is guaranteed to suck you in and give you a sweet weekend escape * Buzzfeed * Genuine Fraud is clever, intriguing and utterly absorbing. Psychological thrillers are often a hard sell for me, but Lockhart provides a masterclass in how to get it right. Nothing is every heavy-handed, but the tension builds steadily and the reveals, when they come, are all the more effective for the lack of the obvious foreshadowing that so often dogs adult novels in this genre. The characters have more layers than an onion skin, and peeling them back will lead to a few tears! * Crime Review * Really interesting, very well crafted, I loved this book! * Savidge Reads * A solid page turner * Bibliophile Book Club * A brilliant, twisty thriller--I loved it! * Karen M McManus, bestelling author of One Of Us Is Lying *show more

About E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels including WE WERE LIARS, a New York Times bestseller and Zoella Book Club pick; THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel; FLY ON THE WALL, DRAMARAMA, and the Ruby Oliver quartet: THE BOYFRIEND LIST, THE BOY BOOK, THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS, and REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS. She co-authored HOW TO BE BAD with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski. Visit her online at: emilylockhart.com or on Twitter: @elockhart.show more

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954 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 18% (167)
4 37% (354)
3 30% (288)
2 12% (114)
1 3% (31)
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