Author : E.Lockhart
Publisher : Bloomsbury
Genre : YA, Thriller
Source : Publisher
Rating : 4/5 Stars
Summary : 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 am not holding a copy of We Were Liars which was ordered mere seconds after finishing Genuine Fraud. So I think I’ll end my review here because, what else needs to be said. But, for the sake of book bloggeriness I shall press on, raving about this lovely little, super quick read.
Little because it is a small book. I find that most thrillers that swallow me whole are humongous ones, like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Out but it manages to impress in such a small package. The blurb doesn’t give away much and I am assuming that is for good reason so I shall shut up as well, but I would recommend you go into this without knowing anything about it.
WHAT I LIKED
The writing style and the opposite chronological order of things. Lockhart takes us in reverse, showing us the end first (as it happens with many thrillers). But instead of jumping to the beginning after just the end as an introduction she goes in reverse order telling us what happened first and then what led to it which is a really interesting way of doing things. One does say hindsight is 20/20 so when you think about mistakes in your life you always end up saying, “I should have known when this happened that this was how it would end”. Well that us how this book is like. The main character doesn’t get the chance to see it but we as an audience do and it is gutting.
The writing style thoroughly pulled me in and I had to admit I may have fallen a little bit in love with Lockhart’s writing.
WHAT I DISLIKED
The characters all felt older than they are said to be. None of them feel like teenagers, in fact each one seems mid 20s. Maybe life abroad is different and people start doing things earlier? I don’t know but it doesn’t feel like this is about teenagers/college students who are growing up, it feels like they are grown women making bad decisions and living their lives.
Ignoring the age aspect, pick this up if you want a book to keep you thoroughly occupied for a couple of hours.