235 YA/Beautiful Malice 1 of 2: Rebecca James

ITEM: One signed copy of the young adult novel ‘Beautiful Malice’ signed by the author Rebecca James and published by Allen and Unwin.

DETAILS: With a page-turning plot and characters that leap off the page, this is the story of an obsessive friendship and dark secrets that can no longer be hidden.
‘Truth or dare?’ she asks.
I hesitate. I have so many secrets, so many things I don’t want to reveal, but this is only a game, only a bit of fun. ‘Truth,’ I say finally. ‘I can imagine one of your dares, and I don’t fancy running down Oxford Street naked tonight.’
‘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?’
Katherine has moved away from her shattered once-perfect family to start a new life in Sydney. There she keeps her head down until she is befriended by the charismatic Alice, and her life takes her in new directions. But there is a dark side to Alice, and as we learn the truth of Katherine’s sister’s death and Alice’s background their story spirals to an explosive finale.
A potent, intense and simply unputdownable psychological thriller from an exciting voice.

CV: Rebecca James was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1970 and grew up in various different places throughout  New South Wales, including Bourke, Sydney, Wellington and Bathurst.
During her twenties Rebecca worked as a waitress, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a bartender, and (most memorably) a mini-cab telephone operator in London.  During her thirties Rebecca spent most of her time having babies and helping her partner run a small kitchen business.
Rebecca has started several university degrees but has yet to place any letters after her name. Despite her highly developed procrastinatory skills she has managed to write a book or two and plans to spend her forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties finishing several more.
Rebecca lives in Australia with her partner and their four sons.

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  • Chris Morphew  On 17/01/2011 at 10:08 am

    $30!

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