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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca James Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781400188154
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Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.

But Alice has secrets too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister … and infinitely more seductive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This unflinching exploration of psychological manipulation and the tragedies it creates introduces a promising new talent in literary suspense.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 2/11/2014

    " I thought this was amazing. Truly. One of those doesn't-come-along-very-often type books. I guessed the twist, but that didn't impact on my enjoyment of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 11/9/2013

    " A psychological thriller, Katharine is trying to reinvent her life after the tragic murder of her younger sister. She and Rachel had been together when it happened, so Katherine struggles with remorse and survivor's guilt. She moves to a new city to finish school and meets a new group of friends. But are they really all friends? This book will keep you entertained. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tanya | 11/4/2013

    " I might have loved this book if i was 15 or could get over the appallingly basic writing style. I am suprised i made it to the end though the double spacing might have had something to do with it :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorrie | 11/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book=) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juli | 9/20/2013

    " I really liked it and absolutely recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/23/2013

    " A suspenseful drama that makes you question the motives of this unlikely group of friends. Great read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheridan | 5/13/2013

    " I read this book agesss ago, but from what I remember from it, it was so different and I loved it so much. I'll definitely have to read this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this one, especially the little twist near the end. Most of the time I could guess what was going on, but there was a little OMG moment there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nerissa | 1/2/2013

    " OK, wouldn't rave about it but it was an easy read and kept you interested "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oda Jensen | 11/14/2012

    " it's an okay crime novel, but nothing more than that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisha | 7/13/2012

    " Good story, interesting characters, but a painful story to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita Young | 6/10/2012

    " moments of poignancy, but overall was predictable and unconvincing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shell | 6/6/2012

    " I struggled to put this book down, however did feel a bit frusterated by it. Well worth reading though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan :) | 3/18/2012

    " I thought this book was really good. I found it really sad especialy at the end. Definatley a good book. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Crozier | 12/23/2011

    " A fast read, a couple of twists, read it in two quick sessions on the kindle desperate to get to the end which was a tiny bit too predictable for me but all the same an enjoyable read. Fairly topical for parents of teens or teens as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 10/16/2011

    " I would recommend it for a quick "beach read". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/7/2011

    " JUST LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THISS BOOK!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loree | 4/28/2011

    " I liked this book and from about halfway through to the end I didn't want to put it down. Towards the end it lost a little oomph, but it was a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/10/2011

    " It was sad at the end, I kinda teared up, but that is nothing new cause I cry at everything, it was a good book, I thought the secret was predictable from the minute that crazy girl befriended Katherine. It was a good read though, it kept me interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 3/29/2011

    " started out great and then just fell apart. poor ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/25/2011

    " I´m in love with this book! "

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About the Author
Author Rebecca James

Rebecca James is the author of Beautiful Malice, Sweet Damage, and Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead. She has worked as a waitress, a kitchen designer, an English teacher in both Indonesia and Japan, a barmaid, and, most memorably, a mini-cab telephone operator in London. James lives in Canberra, Australia, with her partner and their four sons.

About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.