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Only veteran author Danielle Steel can make dysfunction this fashionable! In Malice, her 37th potboiler, the gloves come off. Life is no fairy tale for teenager Grace Adams. The preternaturally quiet and dowdy daughter of Watseka's favorite son, lawyer John Adams, and his lovely, cancer-stricken wife Ellen, Grace has an ugly little secret that she's kept for four years. When her father brutally rapes her following her mother's funeral, Grace kills him. Only 17 years old, she faces the death penalty in a town all too willing to perpetrate the fiction of John Adams, even when it means prison for Grace. Upon release two years later, Grace heads for Chicago where life starts looking up when she finds a job as a receptionist in a downtown modeling agency. Unfortunately, Grace encounters an unscrupulous photographer and a slimy parole officer. As soon as her parole is over, Grace escapes again, running to New York City to disappear among the hordes. Working as a secretary in a law firm, she's asked to work for a partner. After a rocky start, Charles Mackenzie and Grace establish a comfortable routine. But when Grace is brutally beaten by the husband of a woman in the crisis center where she volunteers, Charles is at her side constantly, arranging for the finest medical care and talking her out of her coma. Love blooms as Grace slowly recuperates. Finally whole again, inside and out, Grace and Charles marry and start a family. Life couldn't get much better as Charles enters politics and Grace tends to their growing family. But when tabloids release the story of Grace's sordid past and explicit photos of Grace taken while she was drugged, their family is left reeling, with Charles's campaign in shambles and Grace's life crumbling around her. Danielle Steel doesn't even pretend that Malice is a piece of romantic fiction, but loyal fans will happily make the transition as she charts a new course! --Alison Trinkle

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Sexual abuse in myriad forms imbues Steel's new novel with uncharacteristically dark tones. The narrative covers more than 20 painful years in the life of Grace Adams, an incest victim who, at age 17, shoots dead her abusive father. Sent to prison, Grace is rescued from a lesbian gang-rape by a pair of women who provide protection during her two-year sentence. Once released, she heads to Chicago, where she lands a job in a modeling agency, only to be sexually harassed by a series of men, including her parole officer, her boss and a wicked photographer. After her probation ends, Grace moves to New York; there, she works as secretary in a major law firm and volunteers in a shelter for abused women. Steel is careful not to let the nearly fatal beating that follows mar her heroine's good looks, or future. Grace emerges from a coma to find handsome Charles Mackenzie, her high-powered lawyer boss, at her bedside. A happy ending?which follows some satisfying vengeance on Grace's part?doesn't minimize the aura of victimization that surrounds this heroine. Only in a Danielle Steel novel would a 19-year-old ex-con show up at her first job interview in a "little Chanel knockoff" suit?but neither pseudo-high fashion nor the high-handed conclusion keep this yarn from being, ultimately, a big downer that earns its title in more ways than one.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223238
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was impressed with the way Ms. Steel developed the character of Grace Adams. She was deep and real. I was a little bothered by what she went through and at times I winced and shook my head in pity.
A sad tale about a young girl named Grace Adams who is abused savagely from when she was 13 until her mother's death when she turned 17. Four long years of abuse and the night of the funeral she is once again attacked brutally and then knows for certain it will never end. Doing the unthinkable, she ends her torture and finds herself on trial.
Thinking things can't get worse, they do as she is convicted of murder and is sentenced to prison. Once a weak girl she becomes a strong woman in those years and wants to start her life over and she does.
Taking a job in Chicago for a modeling agency Grace is thrown into the seedy world of drugs and backstabbing. Beautiful enough to be a model herself, Grace finds that men want her but she wants nothing to do with men. She can't, she has a terrible secret.
After disaster in Chicago she moves to New York and takes a challenging job where she meets Charles Mackenzie, a New York lawyer. He wants nothing from her, just to be her friend, heal her wounds and listen to her. Can she trust him? He's an older man...reminds her of her horrible secret.
Throwing caution to the wind she grasps love and embraces it. Years go by and she is happy with a husband and three children when he goes into politics and a tabloid digs up her past for all to see...
Old enemies, her prison time, a man she saw once in Chicago has some revealing photos of her and Grace feels the pressure. Can Malice detroy what she worked so hard to heal and build? How can she and Charles get past this? Will he ever look at her the same way?
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This is the first Danielle Steel book I've read. It was really easy to "get in touch" with the characters in this book. Great plot, great characters, GREAT WRITING! For some people, the subject matter may not sit well - some parts of the story are graphic in content. You'll definitely need to keep a box of tissues next to the bed while you're reading this one. It brought tears to my eyes. Very touching story but sadly, some people are like Grace Adams in the real world. It really makes you step back and take a look at things like child abuse and domestic violence. The message this book gave to me was, "If Grace Adams can make it through what she's been through, so can I!!"
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Grace Adams had been abused both physically and emotionally by the two people who were supposed to love, protect and cherish her. The citizens in the town of Waseka did not believe Grace had been brutally attacked and raped by her father from her early teens. The law enforcement, the courts and the people of the town believed her father was not capable of such heinous crimes towards his own flesh and blood, thus finding Grace guilty of manslaughter. Grace had to endure most of her teenage years and half of her adult life constantly having to defend herself from malicious attacks towards herself and her loved ones. Great story it's sad and frustrating at times and happy and joyful at others.
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This book deserves more then 5 stars I was so engrossed in this novel it was the second novel I had read by Danielle Steel the first being Secrets and I thought all of her novels were going to be light-hearted and beautiful people falling in love with equally beautiful people this book changed that image for me. Grace Adams had real problems she was in prison and was sexually abused for many years and despite of that she still found love and happiness with her husband Charles but then a series of scandalous events from her past resurface and Grace's happiness is almost shattered by those who want to destory what she has built for herself and the family she created with her husband. Danielle Steel outdid herself with this novel and because of this I have been a fan of hers for years.
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This for me was out of character for Danielle Steele. It was very disturbing and some very graphic scenes of parental sexual abuse as well as prison abuse. I did not expect this sort of content from this author. The overall story was good, not great. I did like the strength of the main character. Without creating a spoiler it would be difficult to share more. Not sure I would recommend this one.
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I don't ever tell you about a book, you already kknow what is is about or you wouldn't be reading my review. Danielle Steel never lets me down. This is a good one, you won't be sorry. I highly recommend it.
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First off, the topic of the book, which I won't spoil for you, was quite disturbing and much too graphic. After you get through the initial chapters, it becomes so repetitive that I didn't even finish it.
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When I picked up my first Danielle Steel novel, I was expecting the mystery and tension found in Sandra Brown's novels.(I'm a fan)
The terrible experience of the protagonist...incest,rape,slander...would lead the reader to anticipate an exciting story.
Sadly, I found the book less than professionally written.

Tom Swartz
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