Counterfeit Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Hustlers meets Big Little Lies in the heist of the summer....
Meet Ava: rule-abiding lawyer who has ticked all of life’s boxes. She’s married to a successful surgeon and has just taken an indefinite career break to raise her adorable toddler. A picture-perfect life.
Meet Winnie: Ava’s old college roommate. Once awkward, quiet and apparently academically challenged, she left Stanford in a shroud of scandal. But now, she is charismatic, wealthy and has returned to town dripping in designer accessories. An actual perfect life.
When the two women bump into one another at a local coffee shop, it seems like fate has intervened: Winnie’s new-found success is courtesy of a shady business and she needs a favour; Ava is realising she is not built for the stay-at-home life. But what starts as one favour turns into two, then three, and soon Ava is in far deeper than she ever imagined.
Now Ava has to make the ultimate decision: cut and run, or risk it all?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 20 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 June 2022|
|Publisher||The Borough Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 358 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2 in World Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Dark Humour Literature & Fiction
7 in Cultural Heritage Fiction
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Then one day her college roommate, Winnie Fang, appears out of the blue. Winnie is colourful and exuberant and appears to be doing so well for herself. She soon confides her daring money making arrangement to Ava - because of course she wants to recruit Ava. And stupidly Ava gets sucked in. At first it’s “just this once” but once Winnie has her hooks into you it’s very difficult to escape. Soon the two are running a massive business in flogging counterfeit designer handbags. Personally I don’t get it, I don’t get why anyone would drop thousands of dollars on a bag!
But inevitably, things don’t go quite according to plan and much of the narrative is Ava telling her story to the police - willingly in an effort to avoid jail time. You soon get used to the lack of quotation marks.
Unfortunately this book was so not for me. I thought the characters were pretty one dimensional and lacked nuance. They were also mostly unlikeable. The nicest character was the nanny. The plot was pretty thin - cheating rich folks into shelling out big bucks for knock-off handbags, that was about it! And while it may have been supposed to be funny in places it lacked any sort of humour for me. It also did nothing to dispel any negative stereotypes about Asians. I simply did not enjoy it! I am, however, grateful to Netgalley and HarperCollins for the arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
This book isn't quite what it seems. We start Part One with Ava's perspective, walking a detective through the chain of events that has led to her arrest for her participation in the illegal business. I found this part a bit slow, with the recount being slightly difficult to follow without any quotation marks. As we head into Part Two, the book really picks up, and I devoured the rest. Ava and Winnie are very clever characters, and I really liked the way the author turned the tables on the reader. My whole perspective of the story changed, and I found myself immersed in the story and eager to see what becomes of Ava and Winnie.
The book details the counterfeit luxury handbag business, which I found extremely interesting, and it also touches on issues such as racial profiling, the idea of cheap labour, and family expectations.
This was a reasonably quick read, and overall, I really enjoyed the story.
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