If anything, Genuine Fraud is unique. It moves backwards in time so at the start, we’re reading what would be the end? And work towards what would be the start but is actually the end. Confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why I loved and hated this.
We follow Jule, a social butterfly (kinda) and Imogen a rich girl running away from her problems & parents. We get two perspectives into their friendship, the one Jule perceived and the one Imogen actually experienced.
Both different, both a bit confusing if I’m totally honest. As we move through the book it becomes more and more obvious what’s happening, but I was still invested and managed to read this in 3 days.
Genuine Fraud is branded as a mystery/ thriller but I don’t think I’d really use those words to describe it? It’s really interesting and I was hooked from the get-go but once I reached the midpoint I was pretty sure what was happening and the suspense died a bit.
The end (actually the start) was a bit of a let down for me, I was underwhelmed and disappointed that everything happened because Jule needed rent. I was annoyed because the entire plot is written like there is a bigger purpose to Jule’s story, but if there was I failed to miss it.
The last thing I really have to say about it is that I loved the layout, and I liked the back in time thing we had going on, but I paid no attention to the time-stamp at the top of each chapter. So if you’re like me & skip on details, maybe try and pay a tad more attention to the chapter heads of this one!
I’m super interested to see if you have read this book if you want to read it & what you thought!
If you wan to purchase Genuine Fraud you can here!
I’m not one for doing plot recaps and book introductions, so if you don’t know what Warcross is about, here’s the brief rundown.
Set in the future, a virtual reality ‘game’ has taken over the world and is so popular it’s essentially a way of life. The creator Hideo is a billionaire and enlists the help of Emika, a young hacker/ bounty hunter to help him find a hacker that’s glitching out the VR world of Warcross and trying to sabotage the final games.
The hackers online name is Zero & that’s what we’ll call them for now! Zero is elusive; from the very start we are lead to question everyone that Emika meets because she’s suspicious at everyone. Until she narrows it down a bit and eliminates some options I was convinced it was the wrong person. Which was great because it kept me guessing and I didn’t get bored! (I’ll talk more about the people later)
The world that Lu created was AMAZING to me because it’s just scary that that’s where we are heading! When I stop and think of all the companies fighting to bring out the next big move in virtual reality, how long will it take for us to actually live in a virtual world?Where we sit at home and can work in a virtual office with virtual people from all over the world? It kinda fascinates me & Warcross just captured the world perfectly.
Hideo the billionaire, he’s strange. This is where the spoilers kick in guys so if you don’t want to be ruined. Turn away!
He’s strange because he’s build up to be this restrained but lovely person. Like you can tell he has issues and it’s almost like.. So, you know when you find out a villain had a redeeming quality? It’s that but in reverse! You find out that Hideo’s brother disappeared while they played together one day & he takes it hard (obviously, I mean.. he lost his brother. I’d be messed up too) BUT that’s the reason why Hideo thinks he can roll out a new technology that will stop people from committing crime. A good gesture, but takes away people’s free will! A thing Emika has a problem with because she committed a crime, but it was in defence of a friend.
I should say, Hideo and Emika get it on a bit which isnt a surprise! BUT I’m calling it now, that Emika actually falls in love with Zero in the next books. & it will be a love triangle-ish. Oh yeah, it will be an awkward triangle because Zero is actually Hideo’s missing brother! & hacked the game to try and stop the mind control techniques that Hideo was planning!
& with that my friends, I’m off to download Legend. A book I read years ago but didn’t finish. Because a little bird told me that Warcross and Legend is set in the same world! & now I need to catch up.
I grew up loving to read and Young Adult books were the books I most related to. Not only did they have gripping plots that had me hooked from the first chapter, characters I loved and loved to hate, but they were a way to make friends and bond with friends from obsessing over new releases to talking about old favourites.
I specifically remember talking to Roisin, saying that we’ll be 20-30 and get kicked out of bookstores for lingering in the YA sections around all the kids! But it’s okay because we’ll never grow out of them. They’re just too darn good.
Now, 23 years of age and standing in front of a shelf of classics and Shakespeare, surrounded by non-fiction and biographical books. Not a dragon, fairy, witch or vampire in sight!
I’d lost any enthusiasm I ever had for YA books.
The problems that once felt so real because I could relate to the main characters were now small and irrelevant compared to how I was going to pay my next bill. The issues facing their love lives seemed trivial. Characters weren’t developing the way I wanted them too and I’ll be fucked if I could read about one more love triangle.
This being said, some YA books & their authors I read while I was growing up and going through puberty I consider to be my all time favourites!
There are so many I want to re-read and visit them from a different perspective, but I’m almost afraid that the person I’ve grown into will ruin them for my younger self.
Diane, the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a literary cafe bookstore, faces tragedy, An accident claims the lives of her beloved husband Colin and her daughter Clara.
And that’s where they story lost me.
I want to start on the positives with this book because despite the theme’s and characters I didn’t like, there were many things I loved. The cover is beautiful it’s the first thing that drew me to the book after the title.
The setting, being both an idyllic village in the west of Ireland and a freaking bookstore cafe sounds like it was made to be read by me. The writing, especially when capturing the magic of Ireland was fantastic but I’m afraid this is when the book gets a bit lost on me.
The characters come across like selfish, arrogant hindrances to the actual plot. And take away from the meaning behind the story. To find yourself and pick yourself up from rock bottom.
Diane, we learn has been spoiled by her parents, she was handed the money for this cafe and admits herself that she was never a good worker. When presented with adversity her parents are shocked that she just doesn’t want to deal with it. She refuses to attend the funeral of her family. Forgetting that Colin had parents that are burying their child just like she is.
They continue to coddle her and have kept the cafe going while she squanders her life, buried under her dead husbands hoodies, smoking herself into a cloud of despair.
It is only when her best friend Felix, the exaggerated gay best friend annoys her she decided to get her act together, by moving to a place she know’s she will hate but feel’s bad that her husband never got to go. Ireland.
This brings us to Edward. The mysterious, brooding neighbour that doesn’t come across as the protective, masculine character he was supposed to, but more like the aggressive asshole who had no real justification of any of his violent actions. At one point Edwards grabs Diane’s wrists and pushes her angrily against a railing. I can imagine this particular scene was supposed to convey some sexual tension and passion but it comes across violent and makes me wonder why Diane ever speaks to him again. Let alone falls in love with him.
When he eventually get an insight into Edwards past, I was disappointed. He’s brought across to the reader as a goodman who is too kind to actually break up with his twisted, manipulative girlfriend. I don’t understand how that makes it okay for him to be violent and aggressive throughout the whole book.
All my complaining aside, would I recommend this book? If you’re looking for an easy winter’s day read & not expecting much, then yes. The descriptions of Ireland are fantastic and made me homesick enough to imagine sitting in the pub with a Guinness on a blustery day.