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Duped Reviews

Duped by Abby Ellin


Compulsive Liars and How They Can Deceive You

Abby Ellin

3.89 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 15 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780349420295

In Duped, New York Times journalist Abby Ellin explores those lured in and betrayed by compulsive liars.

  • The TimesBook of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
11 Jan 2019

"a funny, raw account of being at the receiving end"

Duped is memoir crossed with journalism, a funny, raw account of being at the receiving end. It’s an enjoyable romp with real hurt at its core, page-turning, gassy and sometimes impenetrably American — I got irritated googling New York Jewish slang: yenta centa, anyone? But Ellin’s achievement is to lay bare the abuse of the duper, the “mindf***” . How does anyone recover from that scale of emotional betrayal?


5 stars out of 5
Ysenda Maxtone Graham
18 Jan 2019

"sparkling, hilarious, ruthlessly honest East-Coast-American prose"

In a memoir about lying, this all seems painfully truthful... She writes poignantly, ‘Loneliness, and the promise of its eradication, can cause people to do all sorts of crazy things.’... She carries us along with her sparkling, hilarious, ruthlessly honest East-Coast-American prose, but probes away at serious questions... She probes away at the uncomfortable truth that we’re all minor dupers...

3 stars out of 5
11 Jan 2019

"Reading “Duped” gave me occasion to second-guess even gentler deceptions"

About the best thing you can do with certain experiences is use them as material, and I admire Ellin’s fortitude in telling a story that risks making her look like a fool. She does try to pre-empt unsympathetic reader reactions, but also pulls off the tricky balancing act of avoiding either self-justification or self-castigation... Reading “Duped” gave me occasion to second-guess even gentler deceptions; it may actually have made me a (slightly) better person. Which is more than I can say for many a better book