Title – Beautiful Malice
Author – Rebecca James
Genre – Crime/Thriller/Murder
Pages – 283
Reviewer – Laura
‘Truth or Dare?’ she asks.
I hesitate. ‘Truth’, I say finally. ‘I can imagine one of your dares, and I don’t fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight’.
‘Truth’, Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she’s savouring the word. ‘Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?’
‘I think so. Try me’
‘Okay.’ And then she looks at me curiously.
‘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?’
Katherine has moved away from her shattered family to start afresh in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic, party-loving Alice, who brings her out of her shell. But there is a dark side to Alice, something seductive yet threatening. As Katherine learns the truth about Alice, their tangled destinies spiral to an explosive and devastating finale.
Beautiful Malice was quite an intense and chilling read. I don’t normally read the crime/murder genre – but I did quite enjoy this one! It was a little slow moving at first, but after the second chapter I was growing increasingly interested in the story.
Katherine Patterson is this broken, shattered girl, who is still mourning the untimely murder of her younger sister Rachel. To get away from her grieving, and now somewhat overprotective parents, she has moved to Sydney to start afresh, and is randomly befriended by the popular Alice, and her friend Robert.
At first Alice seems to be this fun loving personality, who genuinely cares about her friendship with both Katherine and Robert. As the friendship between the three of them grows, Katherine opens up about her secrets, and the events that took place when her sister was murdered. After she does this however, the reader realizes that Alice also has some shocking secrets of her own and she is not the girl that Katherine, or Robert, believed her to be.
What kept me intrigued was the fact that I felt like I was reading 3 stories in one! I really liked how Rebecca James wrote Katherine’s past, present and future in little snapshots, and this keeps you guessing throughout the whole book… I was surprised when I got to the end, as it definitely was not what I expected!