Thank you to HarperCollins Publishing for gifting me an advanced copy of The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte. This book is set to be released on June 18, 2019.
Is it ever too late to see the truth?
Motherhood is tough. But then, so is daughterhood. When we first meet Claire, she’s living in Sedona, Arizona with her boyfriend Cal and ducking calls from her mother. Her mom is a world class psychic on the East Coast and Claire doesn’t want her to discover the truth. Claire works in the family business and calls herself a psychic, but she doesn’t really have “the gift” and hasn’t for a long time. She’s a fraud.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Rena, a young mother, has family issues of her own. She’s divorced and her four-year-old daughter, Stephanie, suffers from mysterious, seemingly incurable stomach problems. No matter how many specialists Rena drags her to, no matter how many mommy-blog posts she makes about her child’s health issues, trying to get help and support from her online community, Stephanie only gets sicker.
When Claire and Rena meet by chance on an airplane, their carefully constructed lives begin to explode. Can these two women help each other and can they help Stephanie before it’s too late?
As I started reading The Perfect Fraud, I thought that I had a decent idea as to what the plot to this story would be; however, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I began reading while on vacation and once I was a few chapters in there was no putting the book down. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning so that I could find out how Claire and Rena’s story ended. This book hooked me within the first few pages and didn’t let me go until the very last sentence. Seriously, it was the captivating.
I enjoyed how The Perfect Fraud is told through the alternating chapters of the perspectives of Claire to Rena; it allowed for me to develop a deeper sense of what was unfolding in their lives. Claire and Rena may be two completely different women but they both are holding onto a secret that could turn their worlds upside down. I admit that I was able to guess as to where the story was heading but, in my opinion, I think that the author knew her readers would figure it out. It was more or less about how everything would come to a head in the book and that’s what kept me reading.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and, at times, made me feel a little sick to my stomach. Ellen LaCorte created a truly heinous villain in The Perfect Fraud and I found that multiple times throughout the book, I was shaking my head in disgust and, in all honesty, disbelief as the truth became clear.
The Perfect Fraud is truly the perfect beach read. It is entertaining, captivating and terrifying all rolled up into one masterfully told story. If you have a vacation planned or even just a day at the pool, I encourage you to pick up this book to read. You will spend your whole day immersed in the story, sitting on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going to happen.
Thank you to HarperCollins Publishing and Ellen LaCorte for graciously sending me an advanced copy of this book. The Perfect Fraud is set to be published on June 18th but is available for pre-order now!