Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James is a somewhat interesting story. The main character, Katherine, has experienced heartache that no one else could imagine. She begins her life over in another city. That is where Alice befriends her and the two become very close. Katherine finds herself opening up to Alice and others and begins to overcome her fears and deal with the pain of her past. But Alice has a past of her own, secrets that, when revealed, will change the lives of all who are close to the two girls.

Beautiful Malice: A NovelI think this book is the first for Ms. James, and if so, she did well. I know from experience how hard it can be to put your heart on paper, and I admire anyone who has published a novel. I was enthralled by this book, reading to the end to see what would happen. Since it is written in first person, you know that Katherine will survive, but you don't know how. The ending was at times sad, but there were also happy moments.

I don't think the characters were fully developed. There seemed to be gaps that didn't explain some things about why some of the characters did what they did. And the whole story dragged a little until about 3/5 into the book when Katherine finally had some good things happen in her life. The rest was too depressing for my taste, even though I like to read mysteries/thrillers. The events don't all have to be negative in order for the whole book to be exciting.

The last chapter was satisfying and I was glad to see it end that way. All the characters (save one) appeared to get what they deserved in the end.

I give Beautiful Malice 3 out of 5 stars.

(I received this book from Pump Up Your Book! for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

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