The Fake, a review by Shelley

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THE FAKE
Zoe Whittall

Random House Publishing Group | Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
208 Pages
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This story was so heartbreaking and made me so angry. Imagine taking advantage of the brokenhearted the way Callie did! She took advantage of people in mourning, one the death of a spouse and the other the death of a marriage. She took unsuspecting people’s emotional needs, played with them and used them for her own gain. You may think that it could never happen to you but I recently read in the newspaper about that exact thing that happened here in Toronto, a man scammed over one-hundred women online.

This book was fascinating and it was interesting how after everything she has done that is legally and morally wrong, Cammi ends up saving Gibson and Shelby. I liked that we get all three points of view as I felt like I was able to get inside each character’s head. I loved that the book took place in Toronto as I have lived here all my life. It was fun reading about neighbourhoods, streets and stores that I am familiar with. This was a short read and I enjoyed it so much that I read it in a single sitting. This book was different, I thought the ending was surprising and I adore books that can shock me.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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