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Beautiful Malice
by Rebecca James
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Bantam, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Katherine Patterson has a secret. A secret that caused her to change her name, leave her parent's home and move to Sydney to live with an aunt. In her new life, she lives quietly, avoiding friendships. Katherine prefers flying under the radar, so why does she befriend the most extroverted, over-the-top girl in school?

Confident, beautiful and popular Alice Parrie seeks Katherine out, invites her to her eighteenth birthday party, and refuses to take no for an answer. Before she knows it, Katherine has a friend whether she wants her or not. It's a relief to have someone to hang out with and talk to, although Katherine has no intention of sharing why she relocated to Sydney. Her intuition tells her that Alice has dark secrets of her own.

Her aunt is happy to see Katherine come back to life. Until tragedy struck, she'd been a social butterfly, constantly on the go with her crowd of friends. Now she just has Alice, but they're becoming as close as sisters.

Slowly and skillfully, Rebecca James tiptoes through Katherine's past. With increasing uneasiness, the reader watches as Alice invites Katherine into her web of deceit. Beautiful Malice is a fascinating read that will keep you breathless throughout.

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