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Beautiful Malice

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,707 ratings  ·  878 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Shirley Marr
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-ya
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
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 pre ...more
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
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
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.
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Leanna (daisychainbooks)
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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-authors
This is a rather sick, twisted tale of guilt and repression but mostly guilt.
Four principal characters, Katherine, Alice, Robbie and Mick. There is an other character Rachel, Katherine's sister, she not there a lot but without her there wouldn't be a story.
Rachel, 13 years old, gets raped and murdered whilst in Katherine's care, who is only 15 years old herself.
Katherine is so full of guilt, over the death of her sister, that she withdraws from the world.
Katherine leaves Melbourne and goes to Sy
This book is a real page-turner. I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in one day.
The story is well-structured and flows very well. Although it is not a new concept, it is given a fresh perspective, being centred around a group of Australian young adults as they finish their final year of school and take the first steps into a new life.
The central character, Katherine Patterson, has suffered a terrible tragedy a few years earlier, with the murder of her younger sister, Rac
Un té con Ceres
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado bastante!!!!!. Ha sido un libro que me ha enganchado desde la primera página, que me ha metido en la historia y me ha dejado con la intriga. Siempre te dejaba con ganas de seguir leyendo. Una historia que te conmueve y de la que no te esperas el final. Solo puedo decir que lo leáis porque os gustará!
Rhiannon Ryder
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
I borrowed this from work like forever ago and then promptly forgot all about it. So when I finished all my planned reading for the #AroundtheWorldAThon, I decided it was finally time to give this one a shot. And I sped through it in a couple of hours.

This is basically a story told in three time periods, but the three stories are interwoven. So one section of the story is Katherine's backstory and the horrible thing that happened to her sister that caused her family to move from Melbourne to Sy
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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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
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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had seen Beautiful Malice around but had never paid attention to it. Then someone pointed it out and said it was amazing, so I looked into it, and saw that it was classed as a psychological thriller. I absolutely love psychological thrillers so I just had to get my hands on it.
If I don’t like a book, there is usually at least one thing that I find enjoyable about a book. With Beautiful Malice, I found nothing to like. I don’t know what happened, but Beautiful Malice just did absolutely nothing
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gripping psychological thriller exploring toxic friendship, manipulation/control and mental illness. Katherine is an intensely private high school senior hiding a dark secret about a tragedy in her family's past. She is surprised to attract the attentions of a beautiful, popular, wild girl named Alice who appears set on gaining her friendship and trust. Gradually Katherine's defenses are worn down by Alice's charms and soon she finds herself confiding the truth about her past. Despite signs of ...more
Misha  Mathew

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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Maryan Heffernan
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of teen fiction (I am a high school teacher) and was recommended Beautiful Malice by a trusted friend. It is a wonderful, if sometimes shocking book. I won't ruin the plot. It strikes a real chord about teenage (and any age) friendship and how manipulative some people are especially when they are 'cool' and glamorous.

It's set in Australia. Australian writers tend to have that 'to the point' style which is perfect for young adult books. Rebecca James has that.

I also gave the boo
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Originally posted at A Book So Fathomless

I don’t even know what to say about this book.

The thing is- I’ve owned Beautiful Malice since it came out in 2010, and it was one of those books that my mum bought for me that I never really paid much attention to. It’s times like these that I want to travel back in time just so I can slap past Ely for being an idiot.

This was beautiful. (See what I did there?) I don’t know if I’m even going to be able to explain this, but the writing was just so easy. Y
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Rebecca James is the author of BEAUTIFUL MALICE, SWEET DAMAGE and the forthcoming COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD. 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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