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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.With Malice by Eileen Cook
Published by Clarion Books on June 7, 2016
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(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)
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.
I don’t know about you, but most thrillers and mysteries don’t end well for me. I’ll be reading a book and within the first 40% of the book or so I can already see how it’s all going to end.
Though my past has really put me off from reading thrillers and mysteries, I couldn’t shake the feeling that With Malice was going to be something different. Boy, was I right!
I was going to Yale, for crying out loud. How could anyone think I was guilty of murder?
With Malice follows a girl named Jill who has just woken up in the hospital only to find out that she’s missing six weeks of her life. What’s even worse is that her best friend is dead and everyone thinks it was her fault since she was driving the car that killed the two of them.
She has also forgotten going to Italy and has therefore forgotten her most recent memories of her best friend.
Jill was a very great character. I’ve read books before where the main character is suffering from a form of aphasia, but I found it to be done best in With Malice. Jill didn’t remember anything which really made the story more suspenseful to me as a reader too, which definitely added to the story overall.
Simone honestly seemed like such a horrible person that I oftentimes wondered why Jill was ever friends with her in the first place. She seemed to even blame all the bad stuff in her life on Jill which really is messed up.
Maybe I only wanted to believe I was the kind of person who would never do something to Simone.
One of my favorite things about this novel was that every other chapter was tidbits of interviews and articles from websites about the new information that was coming to light regarding Jill’s case.
I honestly lived for those chapters because they revealed so much and always made me anxious to find out what really happened that night that Simone died.
Before I end this review, I thought I should mention that lately, I haven’t really found a book that is so unputdownable that I’ve read it all in one sitting super late at night until the very early morning. With Malice broke that streak.
I was up until 3 am reading this book and then I sat and thought about it for what felt like a while! I know that I’ll for sure be recommending With Malice to anyone looking for a thrilling and suspenseful read.