Beautiful Malice

Rebecca James
AUD $17.99
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The sensational international bestseller: a potent, intense and simply unputdownable psychological thriller from an exciting voice.

'Truth or dare?' she asks.

I hesitate. I have so many secrets, so many things I don't want to reveal, but this is only a game, only a bit of fun. 'Truth,' I say finally. 'I can imagine one of your dares, and I don't fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.'

'Truth,' Alice says slowly, drawing out the vowel sound as if she's savouring the word. 'Are you sure? Are you sure you can be completely honest?'

'I think so. Try me.'

'Okay.' And then she looks at me curiously. 'So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?'

Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine's sister's death and Alice's background, their story spirals to an explosive finale.

'This novel delivers in spades with its masterful plot' - Australian Women's Weekly

'a fast-paced, sexy thriller' - The Sun Herald

'A hypnotic exploration of a toxic friendship' - Who Weekly

Author bio:

Rebecca James was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1970 and grew up in various different places throughout New South Wales, including Bourke, Sydney, Wellington and Bathurst.

During her twenties Rebecca worked as a waitress, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a bartender, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone operator in London. During her thirties Rebecca spent most of her time having babies and helping her partner run a small kitchen business.

Rebecca has started several university degrees but has yet to place any letters after her name. Despite her highly developed procrastinatory skills she has managed to write a book or two and plans to spend her forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties finishing several more.

Rebecca lives in Australia with her partner and their four sons.

Category: Children's
ISBN: 9781742376820
Awards: Commended FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers), Christina Stead Award 2010 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: June 2011
Page Extent: 300
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 15 - 18
Subject: Children's, Teenage & educational