Reading Danielle Steel novel; “as she sat her in all her beautiful glory eating an apple, he looked at her gorgeously sitting there and he marvelled at how beautiful she was and he thought that she has never looked as beautiful as she did in that moment. Truly, no one could deny her beauty.” Terrible writer, good story teller.
Let it be known that I think that Danielle Steel is a terrible writer. I absolutely hate the fact that she exaggerates beauty so much so even in moments where I deem irrelevant. Like okay Danielle, we get it. The character you created is beautiful. So, Malice. Ms. Steel took us through the life of one Grace Adams. Grace had the misfortunes of, “when it rains it pours”, and pour it did. Malice is a story of child abuse, rape, violence, murder, perversions, exploitation and most importantly survival, healing and love.
Everything unimaginably terrible that could happen has happened to Grace. She goes from a small town to surviving prison, to losing people dear to her, to working at modelling agency, then a law firm in New York to which she found love, healing and a whole lot of “what the heck, I thought I left this behind me”. It teaches you that life caches up to you fast, to always be vigilant and to open up your heart to goodness whilst remembering that what is hidden shall always resurface.
I cried, laughed and couldn’t believe that I tried to read this messed up story in High School. Danielle addressed a social ill, which is sickening and so neatly hidden away in our societies that children suffer as a consequence.