by Rebecca James,
is an intense, addictive, dark and chilling impressive debut novel, one which is guaranteed to keep you page-turning, to learn the fate of its complex characters
.Katherine’s voice is retelling
tragic events (past to present)
when she was seventeen and events leading up to the brutal death of her sister. She was a smart and popular girl named Katie with an older sister, Rachel. Katherine moved to Sydney
to start a new life, after the tragedy to escape the media as it was too difficult to be reminded of the murder of her sister, and develops a new identity and pretty much keeps to herself. She is guilt-ridden about the death of her sister, as she left her there that one horrible night and feels responsible. She meets Alice,
an outgoing, popular, and beautiful girl and a boy named Robbie, which is smitten with Alice. The three become close friends, they all have secrets; they soon do everything together. Pretty soon dark and sinister
secrets from the past are revealed, which threatens Katherine’s new world. Alice’s dark side begins to surface – as very disturbing; she is narcissistic, cruel, vindictive, manipulative, and pure evil! (I would not want to get on her bad side).
Both Robbie and Katherine are afraid, and have to escape this crazy girl. With three different stories
exploring each as they weave seamlessly to one explosive climatic ending. From dark and twisted, bullying, teen pregnancy, revenge, betrayal, friendship, grief, and guilt—James crafts an intense psychological thriller for fans of coming of age, young adult, literary fiction or new adult genres. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Justine Eyre,
offering an ideal voice for Katherine.
Having read an ARC of James upcoming new novel, SWEET DAMAGE
12/2/14, was so intrigued, wanted to go back and read her Beautiful Malice. If you enjoyed her first book (with evil Alice),
you will be assured a spine tingling experience with Sweet Damage
with another wacko, just as disturbing!