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The Perfect Fraud

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  147 reviews

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, bu
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Published June 18th 2019 by Harper
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j e w e l s
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-bejeweled

Okay, listen up you Jodi Picoult fans out there!!! I've got the book for you! The Perfect Fraud is full of medical drama and motherhood angst. All I kept thinking was Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult.

Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of Jodi Picoult's style of writing or her novels. (Insert sad face ☹️☹️☹️here). I thought this was going to be a "suspenseful thriller". Nope. Ellen LaCorte has (a la Picoult) stolen material right from the headlines and the story is ultra-predictable. Lik
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Disturbing yet...I could not put this down! I flew through this book and I must say it certainly stirred up a wide array of emotions in me.

Rena spends most of her days desperately searching for ways to help her chronically ill daughter Stephanie. It doesn't matter how many specialists or how many tests she has run she just can't seem to get answers. Her desperation is apparent as she takes to social media, blogging, searching for answers. A mother just wanting to "fix" her daughter and have her
Aga Durka
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Perfect Fraud” is a domestic fiction novel rather than a thriller, but it still kept me captivated and quite anxious while reading it. I did figure out what is going on early in the book, but I wanted to keep reading and I was fully engaged in the story. This book was equally disturbing and emotional for me. The story is told from two parallel POVs and I think the author did a great job at switching from one POV to another. There was no awkward and confusing gaps between both characters’ st ...more
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Well, hello there, Captain Obvious!

If you've never read a mystery/suspense novel before, don't'll still be able to figure this one out during the first chapter. This book aggravated me on so many levels. Rena, the mother of the seriously ill child, is made to look like a complete redneck imbecile--unable to spell, loose morals, and a user. Yet, she's not wrong about her take on nutrition--most people can't digest gluten properly. Gluten is not a necessary part of our diet. GMOs ar
Ellen LaCorte's upcoming thriler The Perfect Fraud is a fun, light mystery, that is perfect for anyone who likes Alafair Burke. I won't provide too much of a review, but if you are a seasoned thriller connoisseur like I am, this book is a little too predictable. LaCourte's writing is impeccable and honestly, it was a lot of fun navigating through this story. If you aren't a big thriller reader, and want to read something fun and fast, The Perfect Fraud will be a good choice. ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The most disappointing novel I've read this year. This was just bad. Poorly written and predictable. I pretty much had the twist figured out by chapter 2. I hated every character and it was a struggle to get through. The ending pissed me off. Ugh. I thought this book was going to be smart, cunning, and disturbing - unfortunately, it felt like a tacky movie you watch on Lifetime. Ridiculous fluff. Avoid please. ...more
The Perfect Fraud had me going the entire time, even though I basically figured out the ending from the first 60 pages. I think that is the marking of a good book, when you "know" the ending but you still have a need to see exactly how it played out- cudos Ellen LaCorte.

In The Perfect Fraud we meet Claire who is from a generation of physic. Claire's mom is sought after for her physic abilities, so much Claire decides to into the same line of work, the only problem is.... Claire doesn't have
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, adult, arc, suspense
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Marc Bougharios
3.75 stars

The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte is a slow burning drama thriller about two women who are living two seperate lives meet on a plane, and how this coincidental encounter will change thier lives.

Claire is a psyhic, or that's what everyone thinks. She fools her customers by telling them what they want to hear. In ohter words, she's a fraud. Rena is a mother with a sick daughter. Four year old Stephanie has reoccuring stomach pains and no doctor can help her find a proper diagnosis. Ren
Jamie Rosenblit
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
A unique take on domestic fiction comes in the form of potential psychics and hysterical mothers. We meet Claire, working as a psychic but knowing she is a total fraud (gotta make a living somehow)...but all that seemingly changes when she meets Rena and her daughter Stephanie on an airplane and gets a feeling she’s never experienced before.

While this book is being marketed as a thriller and there are some unknown elements with high tension, it’s definitely more domestic fiction. Going in with
Diana Iozzia
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Perfect Fraud”
Written by Ellen Lacorte
Review by Diana Iozzia

I have not been so fascinated and horrified by a psychological thriller in at least a few months. “The Perfect Fraud” has two parallel plot lines, from two very different characters. However, once the two stories converge, the story kicks off on an even more terrifying road, absolutely driving me speechless.

I have always been very sensitive towards thrillers, mysteries, and horror books and films in which children are in peril. Thi
abdulia ortiz-perez
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
THE PERFECT FRAUD is a thriller I immediately figured out, and yet I was compelled to finish it in 24 hours. I needed to know what would happen to these characters and enjoyed seeing the artifice slowly fall away as the chapters continued. LaCorte does a good job of exploring how childhood trauma can differently impact the psychology of adults and how the identities we present to the world are often not aligned with who we really are internally. Thoughtful and fast read!
John Amory
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is Ruth Ware meets Scary Mommy.

It's propulsive, dark, character-driven suspense.
Melanie  Brinkman
Does mother know best?

A third-generation psychic, Claire, spends her days reading tarot cards in Sedona, Arizona. But what she doesn't tell her clients, nor her parents, is that she hasn't truly had her "gift" in years.

On the other side of the country, Rena, a recently divorced young mother, is facing every parent's worst nightmare. Her daughter, Stephanie, is battling a seemingly incurable illness. No one can seem to help as Stephanie slowly waste away.

When Claire and Rena meet by chance on a p
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Ok everyone move this book up on your shelf and get ready for your next binge read!!! I sat down planning on reading a few chapters and next thing I know it’s been two hours and I couldn’t stop! Claire is not a psychic even though her mother is known and famous for being one. Only Cal , Claire’s boyfriend and her are in on her secret. Claire’s family claims it’s a gift that runs through her family and Claire is working as a psychic and she’s making educated guesses on her clients in Sedona when ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yikes, that was sad and creepy.

The writing is good on this one. The passages narrated by Claire made me chuckle at times, she’s very real. Rena is a nightmare, just so horrible.

The whole psychic thing always interest me. I think you are a person that’s open to that sort of thing or think it’s complete crap. I’m open to it and enjoyed that aspect.

I can’t write much more without giving things away but the conclusion (Rena’s) GAH!!!

This was a quick and entertaining read. I would read more by t
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This would have been a 4 star semi-thriller except for the completely ludicrous and unbelievable sharing of personal private information from the police to a random person? It threw me out of the story at such a late stage - I felt like it would have been so easy to get around this plot point since it didn't do much for the story. There is also a MAJOR HIPPA violation at the same time from medical staff and both of these things are super easy to find out that they're major DO NOT DO so I'm marki ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
Review & giveaway on my blog: ...more
Crystal Hiatt
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
The synopsis of this book pretty much broadcasts the fact that Rena has Munchausen by Proxy, so no mystery there. And yet, the only real mystery in this book is figuring out this very obvious thing. Even if you didn't get it from the description (though I highly doubt anyone who read it didn't instantly pick up on), it was made evident after Chapter 2. I can't help but feel like LaCorte was grabbing onto the sudden interest in the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case and tried to capitalize on it. Sorry, b ...more
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”The crown falls heavy on the head of the person who doesn’t want it or feels its undeserved.”

Fast paced thriller told from two perspectives, one being an unreliable character. This is a pretty predictable story, especially for someone who normally reads from the genre. The predictability factor sort of works in the story’s favor though, in the sense that it keeps you mad and speechless at the characters actions. Don’t know if that makes sense without giving spoiler-y info.

The writing leaves a b
The Perfect Fraud by debut author Ellen LaCorte is one of those novels that you can't say too much without giving away all the twists and turns. But here is what we know: Rena is the mother of a very sick little girl. So sick, in fact, that no one, even the best doctors in the country, can figure out what is wrong with her. Rena, who blogs about her daughter Stephanie's illness to an online community, is just about fed up with the medical profession's incompetency when it comes to treating her d ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a creepy sad story. Highly recommend
Kim McGee
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found the writing too disjointed. sorry.
The Bookend Diner
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 18th, 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 bus
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars?

I guessed the ending to this book after I read the first chapter from Rena's perspective, which was not a promising start.

This story is told via two perspectives, Claire, the struggling psychic, and Rena, an overprotective mom to her sick child, Stephanie. I found Claire, her backstory and conflict to be really compelling, and I was actually interested to see how the end would turn out, at least for her. But besides that, nothing really stood out to me about this book, and many
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Claire is a third-generation psychic who spends her days giving tarot readings in Sedona, Arizona. Rena is a single mom to a little girl named Stephanie, who is sick with a mysterious stomach ailment that doctors can’t seem to cure. These two women have little in common, but their lives intersect with explosive results in Ellen LaCorte’s page-turning debut thriller, THE PERFECT FRAUD.

Though Claire has built a career providing “psychic guidance” to her clients, she has a major secret: she’s a com
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I can't believe this is a debut Novel! This book is a mix of two genres (Mystery and Domestic Drama) and I think the author did a great job balancing the two. The story is told in alternating POV's of both Claire and Rena and you'll be on the edge of your seat as both of their stories unfold.

Even though Rena was nuts, she was well developed. The book gave enough backstory to understand why she did what she did as it slowly revealed more about her. Despite the fact I understood where he
Katherine Mary
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is it ever too late to see the truth?

The Perfect Fraud was a perfectly crafted summer reading book for me. See what I did there?
Claire is a young woman who feels that she lacks the gift of being a talented psychic that has been bestowed upon her by her mother. Rena is a mother desperate to find answers as to why her daughter is so chronically ill.

These two women have a chance encounter on an airplane while Claire is returning from a hometown visit and Rena is on a quest for new doctors/medical o
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