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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,324 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Only veteran author Danielle Steel can make dysfunction this fashionable! In Malice, her 37th potboiler, the gloves come off. Life is no fairy tale for teenager Grace Adams. The preternaturally quiet and dowdy daughter of Watseka's favorite son, lawyer John Adams, and his lovely, cancer-stricken wife Ellen, Grace has an ugly little secret that she's kept for four years. Wh ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Delacorte Press
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My first book by Daniel Steel. I found it incredibly insightful and beautifully heartbreaking. Big words, but I mean them completely.
The summary here pretty much tells you how the story progresses. It follows the journey of Grace, a girl who is victimized and has endured far more than should be fair. Her strength and character are an important part of the story, and leave you inspired.
This book deals with abuse, both physical and mental. It captured my complete attention and didn't give me any t
Heather Lansdown
My Mother in Law wanted me to read this book. She just finished it and was so excited about it. I could tell she wanted me to love it like she did, but she is a Daniel Steel fan and a love story fan. I am not. I took the book and thought I will try to get through it for her. Omg boy was I wrong. I couldn’t put it down.

As I finished each chapter I would think things are going to get better for Grace. Yet they didn’t. One bad thing after another happened and no matter what happens she never falte
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is the first Danielle Steel novel I've ever read, I figured a brief review was necessary. Let me make one thing perfectly clear, right out of the gate. Ms Steel is a terrible writer. Yes, terrible. Fragments, run on sentences, and grammatically incorrect narratives abound. With that being said, Ms. Steel is a great storyteller (much in the same way that Sidney Sheldon is a horrific writer, but can spin a tale of deception, murder, and double crosses with a dab of back-stabbing like no ...more
Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! emotional but it's a wonderfully written story told from beginning to the end (paperback!)
Jenny Palliveettil
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-have
3.5 stars

It was just a traumatic yet engaging read. I have nothing much to ssay about it except that it's a typical Danielle Steel book.Sweet and beautiful heroine going through sad times all the time, very bad experiences, swoon worthy boy friend who respects women,marriage to a man older than her by at leasgt 20 years, more than two children,etc..

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This was such a heart wrenching story if a 17 year old Grace Adams,she suffered so much from the age of 14 and from there on her life changed completely,she was charged with murder and sent to jail in jail she took her degree and made friends who help her in all possible way then came to Chigaco there again she goes through a horrible time leaves from there and comes to another place where she finds love of her life Charlie Mackenzie,the age difference is of 20 years but the love that they share ...more
Carol Storm
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of Danielle Steel's best -- far more intense and brutal than her usual story. I loved the way Grace kept meeting with tragedy and disaster but she never gave in and kept caring about others. Though I do wish the perfect husband at the end could have been more than just "a nice guy."
Danielle Steel is a HUGE guilty pleasure for me. Her writing can be awful at times, but the smooth flow and quick pace of her plots can be thorougly enjoyable. So usually when I read Danny Steel, it's not for the literary merit or the substance of the story.

Malice was different.
I was interested to see how Steel would write on such a dark subject matter, but Malice impressed me.

Not only did she obviously do her research, but it actually felt like she had something to say. It wasn't an empty or ha
UGH!! i wish she was a better writer! i am probably the only person in america that doesn't like her writing, but there it is. the plots of her books are pretty good, predictable, but good. but i hate how her sentences describing things go on and on and on. i don't know why i read this book. honestly, i just needed something to occupy my mind as i sat out in the sun the yesterday.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Grace Adams is a woman with a past full of deep, dark, hurtful secrets. A stunning beauty, daughter of an influential lawyer, she has spent the last years nursing her dying mother through her final battle with cancer. On the night of her mother's funeral, she is brutally raped by her father and, after years of such repeated abuse, she snaps and kills him.

Only 17 years old, she faces the death penalty in a town that is only too willing to believe in and continually perpetrate the supposedly perf
Patrick Neylan
Trash, trash, trash. Wow, this is garbage. I took it off my late mother's bookshelves, knowing that her taste in books was questionable (while respecting that she read a lot), but thinking I shouldn't criticise without reading. Well, it fulfilled every negative expectation I had. The prose is pedestrian; the characters two-dimensional; the plot twists unrealistic.

There are two types of character: Good and Bad. There are brief moments when a Bad character might appear Good, but it's never convin
This book was so intense!! I had no idea it would be that depressing to read it!!
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand why other people thought this book was terrible! I thought this was a great book, although there were some sentences that seemed like "run ons" to me. I make a lot of run ons though so I shouldn't say anything. Back on topic"." I know I am still very young, and I haven't developed a vast knowledge of what kind of books seem right for me, and what doesn't.. I literally thought this book was great! I wasn't really too keen on the idea of how Danielle went to a lot of detail of ...more
Jia Humayun
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book among all Daniel Steel's books up to date. Mostly her books represent the extreme of every issue pertaining our community giving them an unrealistic touch. Malice. though, on one hand representing the extreme of media's interference to ruin one's life also corresponds to the hardcore realities of incest cases in our society. Grace Adams a teenager of 17 is forced to kill her father while he attempted to rape her. As the story continues we learn that she was forced to for ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again, I am given a pile of books of a genre I do not buy. I think it is healthy to read some of these. Although hey are supposedly set in reality, they are often less believable than fantasy stories I prefer !!

I was so surprised with this one, honestly you would think that an author who has written so many books wouldn't forget a small but important detail...DNA testing, blood splatter analysis, scene of crime photos...etc Yep I've watched and read a few good crime series ad am no
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story of Grace. A victim since the age of 13 and victimized her entire life from her Father, to employer, etc. How she overcame her past, paid it forward to others. From a small town in Illinoies, to Women's Prison, to a career in NYC to Washington. A story of strength and overcoming what life hands you. Love, loved this story. I'd like to meet someone as caring as Charles McKenzie. Friends and the people in your life with help you through your worst nightmare , once you let them ...more
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I've read by Danielle Steel, but I liked it. I'm sure I'll read more of her books.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my 3rd book I read by this author. It was a great story, heartbreaking at times. Strong Characters and a great ending. I will definitely be rereading this. Highly Recommended!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This has been my first experience of Danielle Steel’s writing and I have to say it was exactly what I was expecting. It was the domestic novel I thought it would be, just a lot more intense and emotionally harrowing than I think I was prepared for. Definitely a great discussion on coping with abuse and grief; I would recommend you stay away if themes such as rape/sexual abuse/miscarriages trigger you.

Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This story was just.... WOW!! Every time Grace turned around she was being abused and mistreated by people. When she was 13 years old her parents abused her terribly until she was 17. Her mom passed away when Grace was 17 and on the night of her funeral Graces's dad abuses her again, she can't take anymore so she kills him. No one believes her stories of abuse because her dad was the town golden boy, he became a lawyer that served his community and was well known and well liked so people refused ...more
Ary Chest
Leave it Steel to start off great, then spectacularly crash the plane into a ground.

Why, Steel. Why? This started so great. I was in love. The beginning was powerful, phenomenal, even. I loved the shift to evil, the big reveal of Grace's father. I felt for Grace so much.

Then Steel had to make so maple-syrup sweet to the point of illness.

Grace goes to prison, and, while I'm glad that part wasn't lingered on too much-That would've been boring-the whole thing was just done too cleanly. Grace get
Elli Jo
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in "a day in the life of..." kind of book
This has to be my favorite Daniele Steel book.

The novel starts with a 17 year-old girl wrapping up from her mother's funeral with her father. Her father is a respectable lawyer in a small town whom everyone absolutely loves. Inside the home, he is an abusive and sadistic father and hustband. The last straw for his daughter was the night of her mommy's funeral - he rapes her once again and she shoots him...

The story takes off from there. After the first three chapters, the book takes off into her
Karen Hogan
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle Steele was never going to win the Pulitzer, but boy can she tell a good story. This book was riveting for the entire 400 pages. Grace Adams goes to prison at age 17 years old for shooting her father. Her story and the way she deals with adversity and triumphs over it, will keep the reader mesmerized.
Carol Waters
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was, like so, bad because, she does not, understand the use of the comma. Or the sentence fragment. Or plot. I read it on a plane and left it in a laundromat.
Pratibha R.D.H.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Malice,’ had jolted me to an avalanche of feelings years back when I read it and remained as a source of inspirational memory to me. It exposed me to the aspect of incest in close quarters, leaving me shocked while bringing me a heightened sense of social awareness. Danielle Steel writes about the dark secrets and inhumanness that exist inside families and one could actually feel the brutal terror and excruciating pain of this barbaric vice that ruins one for life.

The protagonist, Grace Adams,
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Adams was abused by her father, almost nightly, for four years. On the night of her mother's funeral, after more abuse, she shot and killed him. Danielle Steel tells Grace's compelling story of survival and ultimate triumph!

I first read MALICE in 1997, and have reread it several times since. From the first read, it became one of my favorite Danielle Steel novels because it captures so many aspects of the human condition--abuse, betrayal, depravity, murder, malicious revenge, triumph, love,
Dawn Gehler
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg Danielle Steele really hit this book head on. It's an amazing read. I felt so bad for Grace she sure did have a hard start to life. My heart hurt for her as I was reading all the abuse she endured throughout her life. I was happy when she finally found true love with Charles. It shows the struggles that you have to endure in life even when you think you put it in the past it always finds a way to catch up with you. I'm so glad that Grace and Charles and their kids came together as a family a ...more
Kudzai Mhangwa
The plot became predictable at the end and I also found the writing rather inconsistent, in some chapters it drags and in others if flies right by. I know life can be terrible but what happens to Grace was a little too extreme for me to believe. Ms Steel does an excellent job of highlighting the trauma we face as children at times; how the past can never be truly buried and forgotten and the price of fame, the overall execution fell flat for me. Again on the upside the read was easy and gentle.
Tutala Uushona
Danielle Steel is a terrible writer. Great story, bad writing😭.

Reading a Danielle Steel novel; “as she sat there looking as beautiful as she has ever been eating an apple, he stared at her beautiful frame and he thought to himself she had never looked as breathtakingly beautiful as she did in this very moment. There was no denying her beauty, she truly was magnificent.”🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Like, okay Danielle we get it, the character you created is beautiful beyond words.

I really enjoyed the story though, it
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sort of book with which decent, introverts can easily associate themselves with, for the simple reason that it quite brilliantly shows how the ones who don't want to harm, bother or have to do anything with anyone around are hounded, harmed and inflicted misery upon by people with nothing but malice in their heart. There would be times when we're just infuriated with the sequence of events or in total dismay for the state of protagonist, your heart will cry for her, pray for her and ul ...more
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Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel was born on 14 August 1947 in New York City to a German-Jewish father and a Portuguese Catholic mother, and she spent much of her childhood in France. From an education in New York and Europe to a professional background in public relations and advertising, and teaching, Ms. Steel moved on quickly to her literary career and has been hard at work writing ...more

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