Book Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

Beautiful Malice is James most stunning, upsetting and chilling American fiction debut of psychological suspense. The novel is a haunting story that begins with a heart wrenching opening and ends with a shocking climax.

“Katherine Patterson has experienced unimaginable horror in her past. To escape the memory of her past (i.e. her sister’s brutal murder), Katherine moves to a new city, starts at a new school and even changes her name. She starts her new life of a quite anonymity. But what happens is something that she had least expected. She meets and befriends the beautiful and the most popular, charismatic girl of the school named Alice. Katherine is unable to resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is easily seduced by her apparent carefree approach to life.

But Alice isn’t all that she seems to be. Beneath the party girl facade is a bitter and damaged young woman who wants to destroy the lives of everyone around her. As Katherine gets to know her better, she discovers Alice’s darkest secrets. But after that Katherine will not be able to escape her past.”

Beautiful Malice is an interesting novel that can be read in just one sitting. Though there are certain age –specific elements that are pitched to the teenage readers but the mature themes of the novel will appeal to the older audiences as well.

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