Fake Like Me // June 18, 2019

Glitteringly compelling
A haunting, dizzying meditation on identity and the blurred lines between life and art.
Kirkus [starred review]
Publishers Weekly [starred review]
A must for those with an artistic bent, a sheer reading pleasure for all.
Library Journal [Starred Review]

In this “ridiculously propulsive 'du Maurier-esque' literary thriller” (Lisa Gabriele, The Winters), a young, no-name painter worms her way into the inner circle of a group of enigmatic artists—and uncovers the secrets they thought were long hidden.

At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a delicious, sharp-witted take on the contemporary art scene, Fake Like Me is a dark, glamorous, and utterly addictive literary thriller about identity, greed, authenticity, and desire.

Fake Like Me is one of Cosmopolitan’s Books You Need in Your Life This Summer, Refinery29’s Best Books of June, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2019, a Hello Giggles Best Book of June, a Fortune Summer Travel Pick, and one of CrimeReads Most Anticipated.


Bourland has an astonishing ability to write viscerally about art, culture, class, and landscape, for a work that’s bound to be one of the summer’s biggest crime/literary crossovers.
FAKE LIKE ME is an impressively intelligent thriller ... Expect insightful paragraphs about the creative process sprinkled among the propulsive mystery.
Refinery29, Best Books of June
[A] page-turning story about art imitating life.
The Palm Beach Post
In Bourland’s decadent twist on the classic campus novel, a group of struggling artists succeed beyond their wildest dreams, but at what cost? Gloriously mordant and glittering.
— Courtney Maum, author of TOUCH
This book delivers the perfect smart-thriller paradox: you’ll be driven to finish the twisting plot, but you will not want the narrator’s wise observations to end. So drop everything to follow Bourland’s brilliant narrator to Pine City, the upstate artist colony with its crumbling camp buildings and secret histories. You will not see the art world—or a woman’s place in it—the same way again.
— Maria Hummel, author of Still Lives
Bourland [is] back in fine form ... [FAKE LIKE ME] promises to be the art mystery of the season.
Crime Reads, Best of June
Meet ‘art satire thriller,’ your new favorite genre.
Hello Giggles, 10 Best books of June
With her trademark flair and razor-sharp attention to detail, Barbara Bourland offers the reader an incisive exploration of the tension between the desire to make art and the desire to make money. FAKE LIKE ME is satirical, brilliantly realized, and has a twist you simply won’t see coming...
— Louise O'Neill, author of ONLY EVER YOURS
A ridiculously propulsive ‘du Maurier-esque’ literary thriller and a warning about the deadly consequences of stifling female expression. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
— Lisa Gabriele, author of THE WINTERS
The process creators go through for the sake of their art ranges from obsessive to self-destructive, and that ideology is escalated with Bourland’s cutthroat prose... The unrelenting threat hovers through the plot and rigidly keeps the reader’s head just above water until the end approaches.
— Fangoria, Issue 3