Saturday, May 18, 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

A Quick and Delightful Read

This one really was a guilty pleasure.

I was still happy with the previous read "A Visit from the Goon Squad" and it's always wonderful when you can transition to another fine book.

Now this isn't any fine literary work but it was engrossing and fun. Katherine has moved to a new city and started at a new school to begin her life a new, transforming from her previous self as "Katie". Tragedy and the subsequent publicity of her family's experience has necessitated becoming someone else. She is no longer an innocent teenager but mature beyond her years, struggling with a burden of guilt related to her sister's brutal death. I don't want to give away any details as the story unfolds in it's own time, charged with tension, as three separate timelines (the past tragedy, her new life, and present time) take turns to tell the story.

Katherine eventually makes friends in this new world she has created and she can't believe her good luck. However, not everything is as pleasant as it seems and perhaps it is all a little too good to be true. Sometimes you can't really run from the past.

Fun and suspenseful read!

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