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Malice [Format Kindle]

Danielle Steel
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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


Chapter 1

The sounds of the organ music drifted up to the Wedgwood blue sky.  Birds sang in the trees, and in the distance, a child called out to a friend on a lazy summer morning.  The voices inside the church rose in powerful unison, as they sang the familiar hymns that Grace had sung with her family since childhood. But this morning, she couldn't sing anything.  She could barely move, as she stood, staring straight ahead at her mother's casket.

Everyone knew Ellen Adams had been a good mother, a good wife, a respected citizen until she died.  She had taught school before Grace was born, and she would have liked to have had more children, but it just hadn't happened.  Her health had always been frail, and at thirty-eight she had gotten cancer.  The cancer started in her uterus, and after a hysterectomy, she'd had both chemotherapy and radiation.  But the cancer spread to her lungs anyway, and her lymph nodes, and eventually her bones.  It had been a four-and-a-half-year battle.  And now, at forty-two, she was gone.

She had died at home, and Grace had taken care of her single-handedly until the last two months when her father had finally had to hire two nurses to help her. But Grace still sat next to her bedside for hours when she came home from school.

And at night, it was Grace who went to her when she called out in pain, helped her turn, carried her to the bathroom, or gave her medication.  The nurses only worked in the daytime.  Her father didn't want them there at night, and everyone realized he had a hard time accepting just how sick his wife was.  And now he stood in the pew next to Grace and cried like a baby.

John Adams was a handsome man.  He was forty-six, and one of the best attorneys in Watseka, and surely the most loved.  He had studied at the University of Illinois after serving in the Second World War, and then came home to Watseka, a hundred miles south of Chicago.  It was a small, immaculately kept town, filled with profoundly decent people.  And he handled all their legal needs, and listened to all their problems.  He went through their divorces with them, or battles over property, bringing peace to warring members of families.  He was always fair, and everyone liked him for it.  He handled personal injury, and claims against the State, he wrote wills, and helped with adoptions.  Other than the town's most popular medical practitioner, who was a friend of his too, John Adams was one of the most loved and respected men in Watseka.

John Adams had been the town's football star as a young man, and he had gone on to play in college.  Even as a boy, people had been crazy about him.  His parents had died in a car accident when he was sixteen, and his grandparents had all died years before that, and families literally argued over who was going to invite him to live with them until he finished high school.  He was always such a nice guy and so helpful.  In the end, he had stayed with two different families, and both of them loved him dearly.

He knew practically everyone in town by name, and there were more than a few divorcees and young widows who had had an eye on him ever since Ellen had been so sick in the last few years.  But he never gave them the time of day, except to be friendly, or ask about their kids.  He had never had a roving eye, which was another nice thing people always said about him.

"And Lord knows he has a right to," one of the older men who knew him well always said, "with Ellen so sick and all, you'd think he would start to look around...but not John...he's a right decent husband." He was decent and kind, and fair, and successful.  The cases he handled were small, but he had an amazing number of clients.  And even his law partner, Frank Wills, teased him occasionally, wanting to know why everyone asked for John, before they'd ask for Frank.  He was everyone's favorite.

"What do you do, offer them free groceries for a year behind my back?" Frank always teased.  He wasn't the lawyer John was, but he was a good researcher, and good with contracts, with minute attention to detail.  It was Frank who went over all the contracts with a fine-tooth comb.  But it was always John who got all the glory, whom they asked for when they called, whom clients had heard about from miles away in other towns.  Frank was an unimpressive little man, without John's charm or good looks, but they worked well together and had known each other since college.  Frank stood several rows back in the church now, feeling sorry for John, and his daughter.

John would be all right, Frank knew, he'd land on his feet, just like he always did, and although he insisted now that he wasn't interested, Frank was betting that his partner would be remarried in a year.  But it was Grace who looked absolutely distraught, and shattered, as she stared straight ahead at the banks of flowers at the altar.  She was a pretty girl, or she would have been, if she'd allowed herself to be.  At seventeen, she was lean and tall, with graceful shoulders and long thin arms, beautiful long legs, and a tiny waist and full bust.  But she always hid her figure in baggy clothes, and long loose sweaters she bought at the Salvation Army.  John Adams was by no means a rich man, but he could have bought her better than that, if she'd wanted.  But unlike other girls her age, Grace had no interest in clothes, or boys, and if anything, she seemed to diminish her looks, rather than enhance them.  She wore no makeup at all, and she wore her long coppery auburn hair straight down her back, with long bangs that hid her big cornflower-blue eyes.  She never seemed to look straight at anyone, or be inclined to engage them in conversation. Most people were surprised by how pretty she was, if they really looked at her, but if you didn't look twice, you never noticed her at all.  Even today, she was wearing an old dreary black dress of her mother's.  It hung like a sack on her, and she looked thirty years old, with her hair tied back in a tight bun, and her face deathly pale as she stood beside her father.

"Poor kid," Frank's secretary whispered, as Grace walked slowly back down the aisle, next to her father, behind her mother's casket.  Poor John...poor Ellen...poor people.  They'd been through so much.

People commented from time to time on how shy Grace was, and how uncommunicative.  There had been a rumor a few years back that she might even be retarded, but anyone who had ever gone to school with her knew that that was a lie.  She was brighter than most of them, she just didn't say much.  She was a solitary soul, and it was only once in a while that someone in school would see her talking to someone, or laughing in a corridor, but then she would hurry away again, as though she was frightened to come out and be among them.  She wasn't crazy, her classmates knew, but she wasn't friendly either.  It was odd too, considering how sociable her parents were.  But Grace never had been. Even as a small child, she had always been solitary, and somewhat lonely.  And more than once as a child, she had had to go home from school with a bad attack of asthma.

John and Grace stood out in the noon sun for a little while, shaking hands with friends, thanking them for being there, embracing them, and more than ever, Grace looked wooden and removed as she greeted them.  It was as though her body was there, but her mind and soul were elsewhere.  And in her dreary too-big dress, she looked more pathetic than ever.

Her father commented on the way she looked on the way to the cemetery.  Even her shoes looked worn.  She had taken a pair of her mother's black high heels, but they were out of style, and they looked as though her mother had gotten plenty of use from them before she got sick.  It was almost as though Grace wanted to be closer to her now, by wearing her mother's clothes, it was like camouflage, or protective coloring, but it wasn't flattering on a girl her age, and her father said so.  She looked a lot like her mother, actually, people always commented on it, except that her mother had been more robust before she'd been taken ill, and her dress was at least three sizes too big for Grace's lithe figure.

"Couldn't you have worn something decent for a change?" her father asked with a look of irritation as they drove to St. Mary's Cemetery on the outskirts of town, with three-dozen cars behind them.  He was a respected man, and he had a reputation to uphold.  It looked strange for a man like him to have an only child who dressed like an orphan.

"Mama never let me wear black.  And I thought...I thought I should..." She looked at him defenselessly, sitting miserably in the corner of the old limousine the funeral home had provided for the occasion.  It was a Cedilla, and some of the kids had rented it for the senior prom two months before, but Grace hadn't wanted to go, and no one had asked her.  With her mother so sick, she had barely even wanted to go to graduation.  But she had, of course, and she had shown her mother the diploma as soon as she got home.  She had been accepted at the University of Illinois, but had deferred it for a year, so she could continue taking care of her mother.  Her father wanted it that way too, he felt that Ellen preferred Grace's loving touch to that of her nurses, and he had pretty much told Grace that he expected her to stay, and not leave for school in September.  She hadn't a...

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 461 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 419 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0440223237
  • Editeur : Transworld Digital; Édition : New Ed (1 décembre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Avec 78 best-sellers publiés en France, plus d'un demi-milliard d'exemplaires vendus dans 47 pays et traduits en 28 langues, Danielle Steel est l'auteur contemporain le plus lu et le plus populaire au monde. Depuis 1981, ses romans figurent systématiquement en tête des meilleures ventes du New York Times. Elle est restée sur les listes des best-sellers pendant 390 semaines consécutives, ce qui lui a valu d'être citée dans le livre Guinness des Records.
Mais Danielle Steel ne se contente pas d'être écrivain. Très active sur le plan social, elle a créé deux fondations s'occupant de victimes de maladies mentales, d'enfants abusés, et de sans-abri.
Danielle Steel a longtemps vécu en Europe et a séjourné en France durant plusieurs années (elle parle parfaitement le français) avant de retourner à New York achever ses études. Elle a débuté dans la publicité et les relations publiques, puis s'est mise à écrire et a immédiatement conquis un immense public de tous âges et de tous milieux, très fidèle et en constante augmentation. Lorsqu'elle écrit (sur sa vieille Olympia mécanique de 1946), Danielle Steel peut travailler vingt heures par jour. Son exceptionnelle puissance de travail lui permet de mener trois romans de front, construisant la trame du premier, rédigeant le deuxième, peaufinant le troisième, et de s'occuper des adaptations télévisées de ses romans. Toutes ces activités ne l'empêchent pas de donner la priorité absolue à sa vie personnelle. Avec ses huit enfants, elle forme une famille heureuse et unie, sa plus belle réussite et sa plus grande fierté. En 2002, Danielle Steel a été faite officier des Arts et Lettres. En France, son fan-club compte plus de 29 000 membres.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a read 23 août 2013
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I could not put the book down. The author is at her best in this novel. Great holiday reading. Fans DS of won't be disappointed.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 En anglais !!! 16 juillet 2013
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Ben voilà... comme la personne de l'autre commentaire je n'ai pas compris en le choisissant qu'il était en version anglaise... moi aussi je l'ai éliminé de mon Kindle sans le lire... Pfff....
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Acheté par erreur ! 8 juin 2013
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Dommage, je n'avais pas vu que ce livre était en anglais ... Le titre "Malice" prête à confusion et il n'est écrit nul part que c"est bien un livre écrit en anglais. D'après ce que je vois il n'est plus possible de faire machine arrière une fois que le livre a été téléchargé. Donc voilà, c'est perdu !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One Woman's Struggle to be Free... 7 juin 2002
Par Tracy Talley - Publié sur
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?
A look into the stark reality of domestic abuse and how children are swept into it. Grace was such a strong character and she never gave up. I wanted to cry when she revealed the horrors she went through. Superb writing Ms. Steel, very intelligent reading...
Tracy Talley~@
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 VERY TOUCHING!! 7 mars 2001
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book deserves more stars 30 décembre 2002
Par Ronica Rainge - Publié sur
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very wonderful book, with an interesting story... 9 juillet 2003
Par ashley aten - Publié sur
This book was very good, and it probably deserved more stars that five.
This story is about a girl named grace who was molested by her father while her mother was very sick, for many years. Then when her father trys to rape her on the night of her mothers funeral, she gets very scared and shoots him.
She is then sent to prison for murder, and has to deal with all this other hard things, and then even after out of prison, she still has to deal with her slimeball probation officer, and the troubles with her work.
She finally meets the right man, and settles down and has a family. Then years later, she is confronted by her past, when all these horrible lies and photos of her come out, it almost destroys her.
This is a very intense book , and i recommend it to any DS fan.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Mind Boggling 13 juin 2001
Par Gabby Hayze - Publié sur
This book takes on the topics of Child Abuse, Murder, Prison Rape and various other crimes. Grace Adams is the victim of all these crimes, but the most stunning of these story elements is the complicity of her parents in horrific sexual abuse. And yet, at no time is there any emotional attachment to Grace as the central character. There is no point at which I felt sympathy for her or outrage for what happened to her. I gave this book 1 star only because no stars was not an option. I think when an author takes on such heavy issues in a novel, the writer has some responsibility to acknowledge the anguish caused by these kinds of crimes to the victims who survive them. Steel has managed not only to avoid real human emotion, but she trivializes it to the point of being offensive. I have read other Steel books, and this one will be the last one I try. There are authors like Stephen King for whom I will suspend belief because the writing is so good that whether or not the events are possible is not of primary importance. I cannot do the same for Steel because the writing does not distract one from the unbelievable passages. Instead it only highlights them.
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