Genuine Fraud

E. Lockhart

fiction contemporary mystery young adult
dark mysterious tense medium-paced

262 pages | first published 2017

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel--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 E. Lockhart's We Were Liars

"Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told." --The Wall Street Journal

"[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten."

"You're going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending." --Entertainment Weekly

"An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing." --The New York Times Book Review

"Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable." --John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

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mysterious 84%
dark 57%
adventurous 51%
tense 42%
emotional 9%
challenging 6%
funny 6%
lighthearted 3%
reflective 3%


medium 43%
fast 40%
slow 15%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 36% | No: 36% | Yes: 23% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

No: 61% | It's complicated: 25% | Yes: 12%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 83% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 3% | Yes: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 3% | No: 3%

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