The Perfect Fraud: A Novel (Hardback)Ellen LaCorte (author)
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In this propulsive debut thriller, two women with deep secrets are thrown together by an unexpected meeting that plunges both their lives into chaos. But it's a sick little girl whose fate hangs in the balance.
Motherhood is tough. But then, so is daughterhood. When we first meet Claire, she's ducking calls from her mother, a world class psychic, because she doesn't want her parents to discover the truth. Claire works in the family business, she 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, the child only gets sicker.
When Claire and Rena meet by chance on an airplane, their carefully constructed lives begin to explode. Can these two very different women help each other? And, can they help Stephanie before it's too late?
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 646 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"A slow motion train wreck that won't let you look away, The Perfect Fraud is a canny examination of the lies we tell to others, but more importantly, the lies we tell ourselves." -- --Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls From Corona Del Mar
"The Perfect Fraud is equal parts dark, creepy thriller and compelling character study with a little bit of magic and a little bit of heartbreak thrown in for good measure. Mothers and daughters, hindsight and clairvoyance, sickness and health twist and trade places in a delicious slow simmer and in ways we never see coming, and gluten-free eating finally gets the sendup it so richly deserves." -- --Laurie Frankel, author of This Is How It Always Is