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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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An intensely gripping, chilling psychological thriller, BEAUTIFUL MALICE is a brilliantly plotted page-turner, set to be the must-read book of 2011.

About the Author

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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"Utterly gripping! Rebecca James is an exciting new writer."--Cecelia Ahern "[An] impressive debut . . . This unflinching exploration of psychological manipulation and the tragedies it creates introduces a promising new talent in literary suspense."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "As the truth unfolds towards a devastating climax, no one escapes untouched. As a debut novel, one can only imagine what else Rebecca James has up her sleeve."--"Daily Mail" (London) "A good, suspenseful, psychological thriller . . . worthy of passing on to friends.""--The Roanoke Times"" ""Powerfully emotional . . . a mesmerizing story."--Wichita Falls "Times News Record" "Recommended for all thriller collections."--"Library Journal"

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