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Beautiful Malice unfolds a haunting story in which people, motives, and circumstances are never what they seem.

Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Karen
*****SPOILER ALERT*****

I-I don't know how to start!

This book is…

This book made me feel very…

This book is based on…

Every phrase sounds wrong in my head. Anything I say will either be interpreted as positive or negative and this review is not for emphasizing how good or bad “Beautiful Malice” is. For now, let’s just call it different.

It was somewhat overly dramatic, but the characters were all realistic (though cliché to some extent) and the writing pulled me into the story. My stomach was in kno...more
Shirley Marr
I log into Facebook one day to find a friend request from Rebecca James. The Rebecca James? Beautiful Malice Rebecca James? Wants to be friends with me? I momentarily forget how on earth Rebecca James would know who I am - but then I remember that I somehow became an author myself this year, take a big breathe and click accept. I have a brief chat with Rebecca and she turns out to be such a super lovely person, she even offers to buy me a beer. Okay, I don't drink beer, but if it's from Rebecca...more
Vinaya
Have you ever read a book and thought, "I wish I had written that!"? For me, that usually happens only with two kinds of books. Firstly, the ones that are so fabulous, you have a serious case of writer's envy (On my list, the top spot there is occupied by The Kingkiller Chronicles), or the ones that take a truly fabulous idea and ruin it so horrifically, you can hear the Muses scream in pain (Tiger's Curse, I'm looking at you). But for the first time ever, I found a book that I thought was pret...more
Sharon
Katherine Patterson is sitting under a tree reading a book when Alice Parrie comes along inviting her to her eighteenth birthday. Katherine is taken aback as she's not evens friends with Alice and has never associated with her. Although Katherine declines her offer, Alice is persistent and won't take no for an answer.
It's been awhile since Katherine's been anywhere to socialise as she prefers her own company. Katherine is hiding a dark and very deep secret which she's carried with her since her...more
Karagan
After the murder of her younger sister, Katherine Patterson starts a new life at a new school as she attempts to escape the media, her parents’ depression, and her own guilt. There, she meets Alice and quickly begins a friendship with the clearly narcissistic sociopath. Eventually, she also bonds with fellow victims of Alice’s rancorous personality, finding love and peace despite her friend’s antics.

For the entire first half of this book, I felt dragged through a world of mostly text book, one-d...more
Daisy Chain Books
Let me start by saying that I haven’t been so impressed by a book in quite a while. I was lucky enough to receive a copy for review and picked it up one day last week intending to read just a few chapters. Two hours later I was totally engrossed in the story and couldn’t put it down. This rarely happens to me, but here James has written a psychological thriller that will grab you from page one. Seriously, the start of the book is excellent. What an opener!

When we are introduced to Katherine, she...more
Beth
Another massive disappointment.

The good stuff, first, so that you guys can bear in mind that I'm not just a jealous bitch giving it a poor rating because it was sold in a bidding war. But honestly? I couldn't see what the fuss was all about.

It was, I guess, a compelling read. Although I'm not quite sure why -- I can't say that I cared very much about the plot and, although I love YA thrillers, especially of the psychological variety, I couldn't say that there was any massive driving questions t...more
Megan
Beautiful Malice is the literary version of a Lifetime Movie. Ya know, the bad people are really bad and the good people are simply too nice to be true. It’s heavy on the drama, slightly predictable, and mostly forgettable. But you still find yourself completely hooked.

Really, I intended to write a review of this book weeks ago when I finished, but now I’m glad I didn’t. It’s not that great of a book and just not worth the time I would have put into the review. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it wh...more
Wendy Darling
I am amazed at these glowing reviews. I found this book far-fetched, melodramatic, and lacking in any sense of genuine emotion. None of the characters are fully developed and they serve mainly as plot devices for a poorly structured, ludicrous story.
Cara
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Rhiannon Ryder
About this time last year you may remember a crazy amount of hoopla about debut author Rebecca James. After a large quantity of rejection letters from agents, her manuscript was pulled from a unsolicited slush pile and started a crazy world wide bidding war for the publishing rights.

While on one of my google hunts for new info, I typed in J.K. Rowling and ended up looking at a bevy of articles about the pandemonium surrounding Ms James, many of which were questioning if she would be the next J....more
Maryan
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? This is an intense and simply unputdownable psychological thriller from an exciting new voice.

Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth o...more
ALPHAreader
If you only read one book this year, let it be `Beautiful Malice'.
Oh. My. God. I read this in one sitting, cover to cover, because I literally could not tear my eyes away.

The story opens with these ominous words:

I didn't go to Alice's funeral.

An older Katherine narrates the novel, recounting the events that changed her life. She is at once in the present day, grown-up and with a child of her own - and with hindsight and insight she tells the story of her life in Melbourne, on the day her sister...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review has also been posted on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

Beautiful Malice is about an unhealthy friendship that turns toxic and malicious. From its innocent beginnings getting to know a person, breaking them out of their shell and suddenly becoming BFFs, the novel takes an unexpected dive where the same friend becomes psychotic, co-dependent and downright scary. I haven’t read any books that delve into the topic as deeply as Rebecca James has, and it is frightening bec...more
Trisha
a very well told story with a creepy atmosphere, a pace that makes you hold your breath and a story with so many twists and turns it can leave you spinning.

But I loved the adventure of it. The first half starts slow and unfolds some details. It isn't until the 2nd half that things are revealed and the plot just get thicker, deeper and more disturbing.

until you are left with a very haunting conclusion.
Even though I knew elements of the story well before they were revealed, it didn't make them any...more
MB
There were aspects of this book I really liked. The suspense. The antagonist's secret surprised me at the end. The tension. The trauma the main character had been through.

But there were aspects of this book that completely didn't work for me. For one, I don't think a girl of this age would have the composure, the wisdom, the insights that the protagonist has. She is old beyond her years, but unbelievably so. Come to think of it, her 18-year-old nemesis was much the same. Too many resources (limi...more
Misha

Beautiful Malice is definitely an engrossing read.
However I felt there are both good and bad points about the novel. My first thought after reading the book was - "good but not as great as the hype".
Described as "shocking", "chilling", I had expected a stellar psychological thriller. After reading books by Jennifer McMahon and Barbara Vine (both of them write adult fiction), this book just didn't live up to my expectations.
Having said that Beautiful Malice is still praiseworthy since its the au...more
Jasminka
Ovu bih knjigu preporučila adolescentima, jer ima duboku pouku, iako se sa nečim baš i ne slažem...
Tužna, veoma tužna, jeziva i dirljiva i nadasve poučna priča ispričana iz ugla već dvadeset trogodišnje devojke, i to u tri vremena. Katherine počinje priču o tome da nije otišla na sahrani svoje nekadašnje prijateljice Alice i kako joj je ona uništila život, a usput spominje i užasnu smrt svoje izuzetne sestre Rachel. I vi već na početku znate da će biti tužno... Katherine priča o tome kako je kao...more
Brenda
Seventeen-year-old Katherine Patterson was quietly absorbed in her school work, happy to be by herself. She wanted no-one, needed no-one, so when the vivacious and friendly Alice bounced over to her, she was shocked with the invitation for Alice’s 18th birthday party in a few days. Katherine had only been at Drummond High for a short while, having moved from Melbourne to Sydney to try to forget her past. She thought if she told no-one it would go away. She would keep the past a secret forever, n...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
First line: I didn't go to Alice's funeral.

At the beginning of Beautiful Malice, we meet a girl named Katherine who is talking about a girl's funeral. We don't know who Alice is, only that Katherine doesn't go to her funeral and that she is pregnant. From there, we're shifted from present (years after Alice's death), to the past when Katherine met Alice, to a past being remembered - a past when Katherine Patterson was Katie Boydell and her younger sister, Rachel, was still alive. As the chapters...more
Rain Misoa
Apr 19, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who like teen drama and don't mind stupid characters.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
This book was... well... I wasn't that into it. But I don't really feel like writing a full-out review for it so I'll just say that I liked the story. It was nothing amazing, definitely not original, but it was enough to keep you reading. The writing was confusing at first but after a while you get used to it. My biggest problem with the book was the characters. All of them were just terrible. You couldn't relate to any of them and the romance between Katherine and Mick was forced. Just... nothi...more
Lisi
Gespannt habe ich darauf gewartet, dieses Buch „Die Wahrheit über Alice“ von Rebecca James lesen zu können, nachdem ich das Promovideo und das interessante Cover gesehen habe. Dies ist der Debütroman der Autorin und ich hoffe sehr stark, dass sie uns mit weiteren Büchern erfreuen wird, da ich dieses Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen konnte und es trotz Unistress innerhalb von 3 Tagen durch hatte.
In „Die Wahrheit über Alice“ wird die Geschichte der 17-jährigen Katherine erzählt. Sie hat bereits...more
booksnshtuff (Kisha)
Amazing. Different. So freakin good.

Katherine is teenager whose life has been turned upside down and backwards since the murder of her little, prodigy sister, Rachel. She an dher parents just don't realize how much their lives will be changed as a result. She moves to a new city and changes her name so she can get a fresh start. There, she unknowingly alienates people, and is surprised when the beautiful, outgoing, and popular Alice invites her to a party. They, and Alice's "friend" Robbie, bec...more
Bree T
Wow. This book was way more intense than I expected! 17 year old Katherine Patterson has moved to Sydney and enrolled in a large high school where she can be anonymous after fleeing a tragic past in Melbourne. She keeps to herself, making no friends until the beautiful, impulsive Alice seeks her out and invites her to her 18th birthday. Unwilling to take no for an answer, Alice manipulates Katherine into going. Katherine, although at first reluctant, realises that as she spends time with Alice g...more
Snorkle
The one word I'd use to describe this book: Disturbing. It didn't end how I had expected and was weird and overly dramatic. Throughout my reading I kind of had this sick feeling in my stomach because I didn't like where the story was going. A lot of the characters frustrated me and seemed superficial. I didn't like any of the people and was annoyed with their actions throughout the story. Well, actually, annoyed isn't the best word, more like dismayed. None of the characters felt well-rounded an...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
1 year ago, Katie Boydell was involved in an unspeakable tragedy. Weighed down by guilt and the cruel words of the media following the crime, she has changed her name to Katherine Patterson and started at a new school. Alice Parrie is charismatic, fearless, and exactly what Katherine needs. Flattered by Alice's attentions toward her, Katherine clings firmly to their budding friendship. Slowly Katherine's pain begins to ease, and she is able to confide in Alice her darkest secrets. But Alice has...more
Skye
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic gir
...more
Jeanne
Do téhle knihy jsem nevkládala moc nadějí, vlastně jsem vůbec nečekala, že by patřila mezi lepší knihy. Ale to jsem pořádně sekla! Tuhle knihu jsem si sice nezamilovala hned od začátku, ale když jsem se pořádně začetla, tak už jsem ji nechtěla dát z ruky.
Jsem opravdu ráda, že mi tahle knihy neunikla, protože by to byla strašná škoda. Úplně všem ji doporučuju! Tenhle příběh vás totiž zaručeně dostane! Neuniknete tomu, věřte mi ;)
Už jsem vás přesvědčila?
Já doufám, že ano. Jestli se totiž dozvím...more
Nadine
Erzählt wird die Geschichte der 17-jährigen Katherine, deren jüngere Schwester Rachel vor 2 Jahren ermordet wurde. Da ihr Nachname damals durch die Presse gegangen ist, ändert sie ihn und zieht zu ihrer Tante nach Sydney, um die Vergangenheit hinter sich zu lassen. Dort freundet sie sich mit Alice an, die hinter ihrer wunderschönen, fröhlichen Art eine dunkle Seite verbirgt, die Katherine mehr und mehr zu schaffen macht.
Parallel dazu erfährt der Leser, was an jenem Abend passierte, als Rachel er...more
Vahini Naidoo
Beautiful Malice is more of a 3.5 stars for me. The prose has a certain magnetism that has you flipping through the pages (it's a book deserving of the highly overused term 'unputdownable') and it is, as the blurbs from various newspapers proclaim it, a little bit sexy at times, a little bit thrilling, a little bit chilling, and very, very dark. Rebecca James has crafted some pretty fantastic characters in Alice (woah super crazy antag. She's the kind of character who has the potential to become...more
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Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE and the forthcoming SWEET DAMAGE. She 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 Canberra, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.
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