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An intensely gripping, chilling psychological thriller, BEAUTIFUL MALICE is a brilliantly plotted page-turner, set to be the must-read book of 2010.
Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She grew up in numerous different places throughout Australia - including Bourke, Sydney, Wellington and Bathurst. Rebecca has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone-operator in London. Rebecca lives in Australia with her partner and their four sons.
Following a family tragedy, Katherine Patterson moves to Sydney to make a fresh start in a city where no-one knows her. At school she's befriended by Alice. Stunning, charismatic and fun, Alice's personality is infectious and Katherine finds herself flattered by her new friend's attentions. As the girls spend more time together, Katherine begins to suspect there's a darker side to Alice's personality. Attentive and charming one minute, Alice turns malicious and cruel when the mood takes her. At first Katherine makes excuses for her friend's behaviour, but soon realises she is playing everyone around her like a puppet master. When she decides to end their friendship, Katherine soon finds out Alice is not an easy person to get away from. Beautiful Malice will be popular with young female readers, fans of Queen Bees and Wannabes and those fascinated by the triggers that drive individuals to acts of extreme cruelty and revenge. With pre-sales in 20 countries, Rebecca James has the potential to assert herself as a major voice on the world stage. Banafsheh Serov is an author, freelance reviewer and longtime bookseller