Beautiful Malice

Beautiful Malice

[friendship Can Be Deadly]

Book - 2010
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An international sensation that The Wall Street Journal called a "publishing phenomenon," this layered, poignant, and chilling novel of psychological suspense is the year's most stunning American fiction debut. From its wrenching opening to its shocking climax, 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 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 girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn't want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice's enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice's private circle.

But Alice has secrets, too--darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson--only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.
Publisher: London : Faber, 2010.
ISBN: 9780571259816
Branch Call Number: FICTION JAM


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red_parrot_103 Jul 28, 2015

Good book, a little creepy! NO reading at night!!! :) Enjoy!

May 23, 2015

Beautifully written psychological thriller (my favorite genre), about a young woman with dealing with a tragic past and subsequent friendship with another woman who doesn't seem to be all there. The story mainly is about redemption and the will to survive against all odds. Very good.

JAMES REBEIRO Jan 15, 2015

Nice coreography on the book monologue. Thanks to James Morgan, and Christina D.

Oct 10, 2011

A decent book. I found that although there were a few twists, the majority of surprises were revealed before it was necessary which I thought cut down on the suspense. I liked the story over all. Loved how the title was so well thought out!

Jul 13, 2011

This book didn't require any effort to keep going until I found the "hook" 50 or 100 pages in. Really, I had to force myself to go to bed and work on time because all I found myself doing was trying to find time to sneak some more pages in. A wonderfully constructed book. A devastatingly sad protagonist and supporting characters that are equally as memorable. You always feel in-the-moment at every part of the book, especially in the couple of chapters (2 by memory) that are written in second-person.

May 16, 2011

I did enjoy the flash back story telling mode, but I thought the plot had some major flaws that made it completely unbelievable.

Mar 30, 2011

I put this book on my list of books that i wanted to read and kind of forgot about it. I finally read the book. The book is gripping, and sad and happy all at the same time. The book takes a look at two sisters and their relationship, and choices, and the consequences of those choices. The What if's. The crime committed is horrible and the aftermath uproots and entire family and community. Peoples lives change on both sides. Secrets are kept by everyone and ultimately destroy people. I don't want to give too much info about the book, though i do recommend the book. The book is about choices and the outcomes, life after the aftermath. I expected a little more out of the end of the book. I want to know what happens exactly, not just guess and make my own conclusions. I would have like to read the dialogue that would have transpired. I can't tell you between who becuase that gives away too much. But i am glad to have what happens happen. Even after horrible things happen over and over, there is happiness.

Jan 23, 2011

OMG! I read this book, and it was SO frightening! It made me realize that anyone can do anything…. It was a fantastic book. I found it really freaky when Mrs. James actually described how Rachael was ‘attacked’ (I can’t say the ‘r’ word…) All in all, I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read!

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Aug 28, 2012

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