Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

By Rebecca James

A global sensation that The Wall road magazine referred to as a “publishing phenomenon,” this layered, poignant, and chilling novel of mental suspense is the year’s so much wonderful American fiction debut. From its wrenching commencing to its stunning climax, attractive Malice unfolds a haunting tale during which humans, reasons, and situations are by no means what they seem.Who is Katherine Patterson? it's a query she hopes nobody can resolution. To erase her earlier, Katherine has moved to a brand new urban, enrolled in a brand new institution, or even replaced her identify. She’s performed the subsequent neatest thing to disappearing altogether. Now, cautious and by myself, she seeks not anything greater than anonymity. What she unearths as an alternative is the very last thing she anticipated: a friend.Even extra not going, Katherine’s new good friend is the most well-liked and magnetic lady in class. Extroverted, lovely, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is every thing that Katherine isn't really and doesn’t are looking to be: the heart of recognition. but Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor occasionally unsettling, and Katherine, despite her guarded warning, reveals herself drawn into Alice’s inner most circle. yet Alice has secrets and techniques, too—darker than somebody can start to think. And while she we could her defend down ultimately, Katherine discovers the darkest of all of them. For there'll be no escaping the prior for Katherine Patterson—only a descent right into a capture way more sinister . . . and infinitely extra seductive.

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He loves her, I decide. The way he looks at her, the way he was available on such short notice so late on a Saturday night. He’s completely in love with her. Alice gets up and goes to the shelves to poke through Vivien’s CD collection. ” she says. “I should have brought my iPod. This is all so old. ” But she eventually chooses a Prince album and slides the disc into the player. “My mom loves this song,” Alice tells us. “She dances to it all the time. You should see her dance, Katherine. She’s unbelievable.

She grins. I feel my cheeks begin to color. Even though my entire life can sometimes feel like a façade, a wall of secrets, I’m not good at lying. I look down at my lap. ” “But I want you to come, Katherine,” she says. ” I’m surprised that Alice even knows my name, but it’s even more surprising—in fact, quite unbelievable—that she wants me to come to her party. I’m practically unknown at Drummond High and have no close friends. I come and go quietly, alone, and get on with my studies. I try to avoid bringing attention to myself.

She started the recital with a Mozart sonata—a pretty, delicate piece, with a melody so familiar to me that I could anticipate every note, every fortissimo and crescendo. And I watched her, mesmerized as I always was by the music she created, but also by the transformation that took place each time she performed. Onstage, all of Rachel’s shyness and awkwardness disappeared. Onstage she was majestic and commanding, so swept up with the performance and the music that she would forget herself. When she was playing, it was impossible to imagine that she could be shy and uncertain, that she was still just a girl.

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