Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Released : July 13th 2010
Format : Hardcover
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository
Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.
Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.
But Alice has secrets, too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.
I truly hesitated starting this book. Backcover promises some chilling moments, and I usually empathise too much. This book did make me anxious most of the times, but it didn't stop me reading and appreciating it.
Book is written in Katherine's point of view and consists three different timelines - when her sister was murdered, when she met Alice and when she has a daughter. This did confuse me a bit in the beginning.
Story was revelader little by little, which did make me quite anxious at the times. It also made me unhappy to see, how much unhappiness was in Katherine's life. Though many times I was just annoyed, 'cause Katherine just dwells on her misery, year after year.
Katherine's friend Alice plays a big part. Alice is a devious and disturbed girl. Unfortunately, I could totally relate to this kind of relationship, since I've had few of my own. Through the whole book I was screaming to Katie "don't trust her, she's a total whack job!!!!" So yeah, Alice truly annoyed me. But can't say that Katie hadn't had too. Most of the time she's paralyzed by her own fears and is totally playing Alice's game. When she finally decides to be "brave", her boyfriend gets killed! Why couldn't you just let that idiotic girl get drowned by her own stupidity? I totally blame Katie. There's braveness, but this was just plain dumb, that's what got her boyfriend killed.
The book is mostly about Katie doubting herself in. At least she decides to call Robbie, Alice's old boyfriend, in the end. Maybe she finally decides to take some risks and enjoy life.
This book truly raised some feelings, unfortunately they were rarely positive ones. Of course, that doesn't mean, that this hadn't been a good read.