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'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.'
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.
About The Author
Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She spent her early twenties working as a waitress, her late twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan, and most of her thirties having babies and working as a kitchen designer. Her first novel, Beautiful Malice , was an international publishing sensation, selling in 52 countries. This was followed by Sweet Damage , published in Australia in 2013. Rebecca now lives in Canberra with her partner and their four sons.
"This novel delivers in spades with its masterful plot." - Australian Women's Weekly. "A fast-paced, sexy thriller" - The Sun Herald. "A hypnotic exploration of a toxic friendship." - Who Weekly.
The UK Book Description:
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?
Following a horrific tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family
devastated, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new
school, and begins a new life of quiet anonymity.
But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her
plan to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable
resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed
by her contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm
But being friends with Alice is complicated and as Katherine gets
to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming,
she can also be selfish. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.
And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of
person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else - Alice
doesnt like being cast off . . .
The US Book Description:
Is it possible to love someone too much? Is it possible to love them so
much you wish them dead?
Katherine Patterson wishes she could disappear. Instead, she does the
next best thing. After the death of her talented younger sister,
Katherine leaves her grieving parents to the media's merciless scrutiny
and moves to a new city and enrolls in a new school. Wary and alone,
she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the
last thing she expected: a friend.
Alice Parrie is the most popular and magnetic girl in school.
Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is
everything that Katherine is not. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her
candor sometimes unsettling, and she is impossible to resist. She takes
it upon herself to involve Katherine in an entirely different life of
parties and trips. She introduces Katherine to Robbie, her soulful
on-again, off-again boyfriend. She becomes as close to Katherine as a
sister can be, maybe even closer.
But Alice has secrets darker than anyone can imagine, and Katherine
will soon discover the darkest of them all.
For Katherine Patterson, there is no escaping her past - only a descent
into a trap far more sinister...and infinitely more seductive.
ISBN: 9781742376820 ISBN-10: 1742376827 Audience:
Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 300 Published: 1st June 2011 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
Rebecca James was born in Sydney in 1970. She spent her early twenties working as a waitress, her late twenties teaching English in Indonesia and Japan, and most of her thirties having babies and working as a kitchen designer. Her first novel, Beautiful Malice, was an international publishing sensation, selling in 52 countries. This was followed by Sweet DamageVisit Rebecca James's Booktopia Author Page