Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James is an absolutely sensational read. Rebecca James has written a book that will cross many different genres and age groups. For me I would put this in the YA section but it is technically general fiction/crime fiction. But do not be put off by that. I know a lot of readers who steer clear of YA thinking it is too young, but it really isn’t there is a lot of crossover writing these days. A perfect example of that is  Jodi Piccoult’s book My Sisters Keeper which was originally released as general fiction but has now been rebound and is sold as YA.

Beautiful Malice is chilling reading, it’s a tense roller coaster ride of psychological fiction. I am a huge fan of crime fiction and this is really great Australian crime writing. Beautiful Malice is one of those stories that has so many hooks you find yourself turning the pages like a person possessed pushing through tiredness juts to find out how it all ends.

Beautiful Malice begins with Katie a girl with a dark past, a secret she hopes to keep buried forever. But nasty secrets always have a way of rearing their ugly heads and of course Katie is no exception. Katie or Katherine as she now prefers to be known will do anything to keep her past buried and move on with her life but others have different agendas.

Katherine fatefully meets Alice a popular girl with the looks and charm that draw you in but of course things are never as they seem and Alice is harbouring dark secrets of her own.Alice hides a secret past more sinister than anyone could imagine especially Katherine.  After  moving away from her past and rebuilding her life Katherine is seduced by the promise of friendship and popularity, the possibility of a normal life. But looks can be deceiving and poor Katherine is about to discover that history has a nasty way of repeating itself.

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?’

(excerpt taken from the back cover blurb) 

Just when you start to think you know where the plot is going it turns in a completely different direction. Filled with dark twists and sharp turns Beautiful Malice is a thrill ride that will keep you guessing till the last page. Rebecca James has written a brilliant book that will keep you up late reading.  Take the ride with Katherine and learn her secrets,you wont regret it,but you may find yourself questioning that new friend in your life. Should you trust, Can we trust ? Or should be hide ourselves away for fear of whats lurking in the shadows.