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Counterfeit: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and New York Times BESTSELLER - the most exciting and addictive heist novel you’ll read this summer!

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I started Kirsten Chen’s new novel Counterfeit on Friday and it was so engrossing that I nearly finished it in one sitting. Oh boy, does Eva ever get lured into a Winnie web, a con involving counterfeit designer handbags which are so good they are the creme de la creme of counterfeits they could be the real thing. While many books boast beach read status, are tauted by reviewers and publications, this is actually a book I can see someone lounging around the house or pool side or an actual beach and devouring.

Had this book been longer I feel these topics could have been touched upon even more and ultimately expanded on. I think a better way to end this review is that it was a book club pick and boy did we all have a lot to say about it!

Ingeniously constructed, this cinematic novel of friendship, ambition, and wanting more out of life will leave you guessing until the end.

The first part is written in Ava’s first person perspective, whereby she is narrating her experiences with Winnie and also her personal issues to the detective handling the case. Winnie’s voice enters the story at the midpoint, shining a stark light on the eccentricity of the previous section. Thirty-seven year old Chinese-American Ava, ex-lawyer, married to a French-American surgeon, mother to a toddler Henri, living a picture-perfect life at least in theory. in " The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly " Publishing This Week" newsletter.

There’s so much emotion in it, which is great for a book but if talking to a detective in real life I think it would be a little more concise. You don’t earn straight A’s all your life without being uncommonly competitive” — and being raised in a culture fixated on image, reputation and honor, which “must be fought for and preserved at all costs. This entertaining novel about two former roommates who run a counterfeit luxury handbag scam has it all! A part of the stereotypical thinking is what Ava uses to gain sympathy in the eyes of the detective.

Both are both books which start with well-educated women who leave the workforce to parent and become less than desirable beings as they struggle with the dissonance of having a developed brain and being expected to easily adapt to the brainless work of early stage child-rearing (they try to make it an intellectual pursuit, but its not. Well-written and cleverly-structured, the story revolves around two Chinese-American women, Winnie Fang and Ava Wong, who become involved in a scheme selling counterfeit luxury handbags. I loved the main character development (though you need to have a lot of patience to discover the development. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.The well thought out storyline packs a lot into its short lengths (roughly three hours reading time) with secrets, multiple lie upon lie, some shocks, corruption and blackmail. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.

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