Counterfeit Published by HarperCollins Publishers on June 7, 2022
Source: Library book
Genres: Fiction / Crime, Fiction / Cultural Heritage, Fiction / General, Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General, Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic, Fiction / Women
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HUSTLERS meets BIG LITTLE LIES in the heist of the summer... A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ‘Propulsive and captivating’ Vogue ‘Darkly comedic’ Daily Mail
Meet Ava: rule-abiding lawyer who has ticked all of life’s boxes. She’s married to a successful surgeon and has just taken an indefinite career break to raise her adorable toddler. A picture-perfect life.
Meet Winnie: Ava’s old college roommate. Once awkward, quiet and apparently academically challenged, she left Stanford in a shroud of scandal. But now, she is charismatic, wealthy and has returned to town dripping in designer accessories. An actual perfect life.
When the two women bump into one another at a local coffee shop, it seems like fate has intervened: Winnie’s new-found success is courtesy of a shady business and she needs a favour; Ava is realising she is not built for the stay-at-home life. But what starts as one favour turns into two, then three, and soon Ava is in far deeper than she ever imagined.
Now Ava has to make the ultimate decision: cut and run, or risk it all?
‘Entertaining, luxurious ... innovative and subversive’ NEW YORK TIMES
’Riveting and energetic’ BALLI KAUR JASWAL
’Clever, sharp, and slyly funny’ KIRKUS REVIEWS
’Will keep you breathless to the last page’ CLAIRE MESSUD
’Sly, subversive ... incisive’ BOOKLIST
NetGalley readers LOVE Counterfeit
‘One of the best books I’ve read all year’ * * * * *
‘Gripping ... ingenious’ * * * * *
‘Amusing, addictive story that kept me reading all night’ * * * * *
‘Mysterious, suspenseful and twisty ... had me on the edge of my seat’ * * * * * *
‘Fresh, observant and somehow ... an incredible story without a wasted word’ * * * * *
‘I absolutely loved this book ... highly recommend’ * * * * *
‘Devoured this in a night or two ... funny, sad and eye-opening’ * * * * *
‘This book refused to allow me to put it down!’ * * * * *
‘Amusing, addictive ... kept me reading all night’ * * * * *
Counterfeit is a quick eye-opening read into the world of counterfeits and the unforeseen, sometimes seen consequences of buying, trading, and making them. For example, we have two college roommates from china who are at Stanford college. Ava ends up graduating and having a family, while Winnie is forced to leave due to her acquired SAT scores. Winnie, as we learn, has always had a dark background and very easily manipulates Ava into joining her by saying no one will get hurt, no one will be the wiser.
I was quickly sucked into this story as it is a different tale for me to read and is also about an industry I know nothing about other than it happens. I, for one, will never own a handbag as expensive as the ones discussed in this novel, just like the average person, but would I take a cheaper version if I could, of course? Now reading this story, I might change my mind on that one.
It’s an enjoyable read, a quick glimpse at a very shady business, and I’m glad I gave it a chance.