Book Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

with malice

With Malice

3.5 stars

It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.
As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

This book was fast-paced and it was a page-turner, a YA thriller with a narrator that makes the reader question whether or not you can fully trust her. The main character can’t remember the events leading up to the death of her best friend, killed in the same crash that injured her, so it was interesting to see how Jill remembered a close friendship with Simone but so many others saying it wasn’t what it appeared to be.

Jill was an easy character to feel empathy for a lot of the time. She lost her best friend and her memories and she could be responsible for the accident. She was torn apart by the media and even her parents seemed to become suspicious of her. When everyone around you thinks you did it, it’s easy to start questioning yourself.

I really liked the way the story was told. It used all different types of mediums: flashbacks, interviews, emails, even Facebook statuses. I thought it really added to the mystery and helped to keep me guessing. The plot was very mystery-driven, the characters don’t go through much growth but I didn’t find that I minded in this case. I was sucked into the mystery just like I wanted to be.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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4 responses to “Book Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

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  2. I loved how the story was told too! I liked those chapters a lot.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. Great review! I’ve had this book on my radar for awhile so very glad its not a flop, looking forward to reading it 🙂 😊

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