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Genuine Fraud

Written by: E. Lockhart
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called “utterly unforgettable,” comes a mind-bending, New York Times bestselling thriller told in reverse.

“Compulsively readable.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“An addictive and shocking feminist thriller.” (Lena Dunham)

Imogen lives at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She spends her days working out in the hotel gym and telling other guests how she was forced out of Stanford.

But Imogen isn’t really Imogen. She’s Jule. And she’s on the run from something. Or someone. Which means...where is the real Imogen?

Rewind: Jule and Imogen are the closest of friends. Obsessed with each other, even. Imogen is an orphan, an heiress; she and Jule spend a summer together in a house on Martha’s Vineyard, sharing secrets they’d never reveal to another soul.

But that was months ago. Where is Immie now? And why is Jule using her name? 

“You will devour it.” (Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay)

“Moves at a breakneck speed.” (Marie Claire

“As with E. Lockhart’s previous novel, the best-selling We Were Liars [readers] will likely finish the last page and flip right back to the beginning to search for clues they missed.” (Chicago Tribune)

©2017 E. Lockhart (P)2017 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Captivating...bewitching." (Booklist)

"An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls." (SLJ)

"Rebecca Soler's riveting narration and the engrossing writing of E. Lockhart make for gripping listening... Lockhart again proves herself the queen of twists, and Soler matches her tone to make this psychologically complex narrative even more chilling." (AudioFile)

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  • J. D.
  • 2018-01-19

Don't bother

I should have listened to my instincts and stopped reading this after the first chapter. Vapid characters, no primary conflict, no development of character or plot - it was a waste of a purchase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-06

I was the victim of fraud

This was not a great read - the story line was very confusing in the beginning as the chapters move backwards. There were a lot of details about the characters that made it all seem very immature and boring. There was no WOW moment or twist in the plot - I was relieved that the book was over rather than a great mystery ending.

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  • MissSusie66
  • 2018-02-15

Twisty goodness!

This book was so twisty good that as soon as I was done listening I started all over again and listened to it again! Don't want to give any spoilers just read it!!!

Rebecca Soler's narration was really good too!

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  • Kylie Martin
  • 2017-10-01

Loved We Were Liars but this fell short

I love We Were Liars but this seemed messy and inconclusive. Half way through the story you discover the "twist" and the rest of the book tries to explain it with very little excitement.

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  • Edward
  • 2020-05-10

Like Memento in book form

Really starting to love E Lockhart. This story is told in the same style as Memento, but a completely different story. Enjoy.

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  • Beach Foxx
  • 2020-01-13

Ending

The story line was phenomenal and totally kept my attention. My only complaint is the ending. It left off with several question still looming. However, the structure of the book was a very fun read.

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  • Kevin L Large
  • 2018-08-02

Loved it!

Very interesting way of how the story was presented. Very clever, and I've never would have thought of that sequence... Loved it!

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  • Athena
  • 2018-07-26

Alright!

I absolutely hated the protagonist, but I really loved the build up and how until halfway the book I was still trying to figure it out. However, after a point it gets quite predictable... and I totally ADORED the performance!

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  • Jessie
  • 2018-05-31

*Spoilers*

Genuine Fraud is pretty much the exact same story as The Talented Mr. Ripley, only the genders are reversed. It has the same scenes, characters, and even murder weapons. The only real difference is how the story is told chronologically backward.

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  • kanysha r burton
  • 2018-04-11

Unexpected Delight!

At first I wasn’t a fan of the narration, but then after the first couple of chapters the narration got wickedly good. I didn’t know quite what to expect with this book, but it turned out to be creepy and disturbing in a good way. I really enjoyed the story and the backwards storytelling didn’t bother me at all. I kept listening to learn more about this odd and dangerous girl at the center of the story. It was very interesting and the ending was very appropriate.