Monday, January 16, 2023

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

 I kicked off my new year with some good reading. Gobbled up  this winner on January 1st. 

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen is a stylish and feminist caper with a strong  point of view and an ax to  grind. Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, the book peers behind  the curtain of upscale designer storefronts and Chinese factories where luxury goods are produced.  (cover blurb)

Ava Wong seems to have it all but her life is crumbling - never really liked  law, marriage is teetering, and her toddler has issues. Now Winnie Fang, her old Stanford roommate from Mainland China appears back in CA transformed. She slowly draws Ava into her counterfeit luxury bag scheme. Who's the innocent here? Who's the real planner?  What really happens as Winnie vanishes, and Ava is on trial?

Chen gives some twists and turns as to who is telling this story and you'll question who you are  rooting for. This is slick, saucy, and provocative. I like a fun book  to start off a new year. Nothing like a good con artist. 


  1. Hi Joanne - this does sound a fascinating read - do we get to learn a little about China ...? Cheers Hilary

    1. No, this is classy fluff with a twist. Strictly a fun romp of a read. I got it from the library. Would not spend money on it.