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Beautiful Malice

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So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?

Following a horrific tragedy that leaves her once perfect family devastated, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.

But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable to resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice's contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice's joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.

But being friends with Alice is complicated - and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.

And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn't like being cast off.

Shocking and utterly absorbing, Rebecca James's strong narrative will grip readers from the very first page. BEAUTIFUL MALICE has become a publishing phenomenon, sparking numerous auctions worldwide, selling to 27 countries, and launching a previously unknown writer into the centre of the international book market.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 23mm | 292g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 057125523X
  • 9780571255238
  • 77,256

About Rebecca James

Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She grew up in numerous different places throughout Australia - including Bourke, Sydney, Wellington and Bathurst.

Rebecca has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone-operator in London.

Rebecca lives in Australia with her partner and their four sons.
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Rating details

6,552 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,850)
4 34% (2,259)
3 25% (1,645)
2 9% (608)
1 3% (190)

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I am surprised by how poor this book is. After the enormous advance and several rave reviews I had high expectations. Instead the book is poorly written, barely makes sense and is far from gripping. The author doesn't have any noticeable literary talent.show more
by Ali James
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