The storyline is a deliberate homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, with an easy writing style. Although the plot struggles in places, this is a convincing account of the tension between the artistic process and the deadly perils of pretension.
Likened to Rebecca by its publishers, Fake Like Me has more in common with contemporary writers like Curtis Sittenfeld and Janet Fitch. While not as finely tuned in the prose, it still marks Bourland out as a writer to watch – inventive, colourful and with plenty to say for herself. As her narrator tells us, “the great and golden rule of art, as well as of life, is this: That the more distinct, sharp, and wiry the bounding line, the more perfect the work of art; and the less keen and sharp, the greater is the evidence of weak imitation, plagiarism, and bungling.” Bourland almost reaches the line herself with her enjoyable second book.