“She became the kind of woman it would be a great mistake to underestimate.”
Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Page Count: 320
Release Date: September 7th 2017
Series Status: Stand Alone
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[I received this book at BookCon 2017, all opinions are my own]
Genuine Fraud is a beautifully written novel with an interesting contemplation of female roles in society. E. Lockhart has a way of making 10 pages feel like 30. Although it is a fairly short book it packs a punch. I had very high expectations for this book. We Were Liars was one of favorite books of 2015. I found it to be an extremely compelling and shocking novel. Because this novel had such a big plot twist at the end, I was expecting the same from another book by E. Lockhart, especially because it was a thriller. I wasn’t disappointed by the fact that this big plot-twist didn’t happen, I was disappointed because I wasn’t shocked (really at all) throughout the novel.
That being said I didn’t hate this novel. Lockhart’s strong writing style and dark undertones kept me reading. There were a few key aspects of the book that lessened my enjoyment of it. The book is written from end to beginning, which at least in the case of this book, left me confused and constantly re-arranging the story in my head to make sense of it. Second, I found it difficult to relate to the main character Jule. Her mentality and my mine didn’t match up at all, and I find it hard to believe that other readers could relate to her as well. Lastly, and most importantly I found I felt that this novel has a complete lack of suspense. As I mentioned before, the book is written from end to beginning, leaving us to discover the how’s and why’s, but this didn’t really create any tension let alone that “on the edge of your set feeling,” which I expected from this novel. So, hoping for a crazy twist at the end I read on, and was ultimately disappointed to find that during this “thriller” novel I was not once shocked or surprised.
The writing in this book was good. The potential for a suspenseful and interesting story was there. Upon thinking about this novel I realized that I probably would’ve enjoyed the story if it was written in traditional format (beginning to end). This would have allowed for more tension to build and time to contemplate character motives.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. It just had some flaws that lessoned by enjoyment of it.
I would recommend this to: Anyone who wants a different type of read with beautiful writing.
(2.5 / 5 stars)
Until next read,