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By Rebecca James

A world sensation that The Wall road magazine known as a “publishing phenomenon,” this layered, poignant, and chilling novel of mental suspense is the year’s such a lot beautiful American fiction debut. From its wrenching beginning to its surprising climax, appealing Malice unfolds a haunting tale within which humans, factors, and conditions are by no means what they seem.Who is Katherine Patterson? it's a query she hopes not anyone can resolution. To erase her earlier, Katherine has moved to a brand new urban, enrolled in a brand new institution, or even replaced her identify. She’s performed the subsequent neatest thing to disappearing altogether. Now, cautious and on my own, she seeks not anything greater than anonymity. What she unearths in its place is the very last thing she anticipated: a friend.Even extra not likely, Katherine’s new pal is the preferred and magnetic lady in class. Extroverted, beautiful, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is every thing that Katherine isn't really and doesn’t are looking to be: the guts of awareness. but Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor occasionally unsettling, and Katherine, despite her guarded warning, reveals herself drawn into Alice’s inner most circle. yet Alice has secrets and techniques, too—darker than someone can start to think. And whilst she shall we her protect down ultimately, Katherine discovers the darkest of all of them. For there'll be no escaping the previous for Katherine Patterson—only a descent right into a seize way more sinister . . . and infinitely extra seductive.

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All those people around you all the time? ” “Nah,” she says. “Why would I? Being alone is boring. I hate being alone. Hate it. My life isn’t going to be serious and boring. It’s going to be fun. A party. ” I think, Alice is just the type of person I need to be with—she lives for the present and, very conveniently, has an amazing lack of curiosity about the past. When Alice has finished several glasses of whiskey—I’m still sipping slowly, safely, on my first—she announces that she’s starving and we go inside.

We dance together and gossip about what different people are wearing, who they are flirting with, who seems to be attracted to whom. I have a wonderful time. It’s more fun than I’ve had in years. And while I’m there I don’t think of my sister once, nor of my devastated parents. I dance and laugh and flirt. I forget, temporarily, about the night I realized the awful truth about myself. I forget all about the night I discovered the shameful, grubby coward at the core of my soul. 3 After Alice’s party, people at school are noticeably more friendly to me.

His handshake is warm and dry and firm. His smile is spontaneous and open, and for the first time in what feels like a hundred years I feel the mild but unmistakable pull of attraction. I feel myself start to blush. I turn away and pretend to fuss with the dishes, still piled messily beside the sink. “I’ll just finish these. ” “No. ” Alice takes me by the shoulders and pulls me away from the sink. “I’ll do them later. Promise. ” There is a lot of curry left over, and Alice insists that Robbie try some.

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