Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Release Date: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Genre: Older YA to Adult Suspense/Psychological Thriller
The Story: Katherine Patterson wishes she could disappear. Instead, she does the next best thing. After the death of her talented younger sister, Katherine leaves her grieving parents to the media's merciless scrutiny and moves to a new city and enrolls in a new school. Wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.Alice Parrie is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and she is impossible to resist. She takes it upon herself to involve Katherine in an entirely different life of parties and trips. She introduces Katherine to Robbie, her soulful on-again, off-again boyfriend. She becomes as close to Katherine as a sister can be, maybe even closer. But Alice has secrets darker than anyone can imagine, and Katherine will soon discover the darkest of them all.
For Katherine Patterson, there is no escaping her past - only a descent into a trap far more sinister...and infinitely more seductive.
My Review: I found this to be one of those books that I couldn't put down, though at at times I wanted to stop reading and go to sleep (I finished it at 2:30am). I wasn't particularly surprised how the story ended, in fact, I had pretty well figured out much of it long before it was revealed. The remarkable part is that this story is really well written. I was impressed by the readability of the book more than the suspense factor.
While the characters of the book put it in the young adult genre, readers considering this book should be aware of that this book contains epithets not generally found in YA literature. Language may not be an issue for some, but I prefer to warn rather than someone receive an unpleasant shock should they choose to read this book.