Title: With Malice
Author: Eileen Cook
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“Simone’s Dead. Dead. Gone. Passed Away.”
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads.
With Malice was a pretty decent thriller, that had me guessing for awhile.
I bought this book on impulse, I really hadn’t heard much about it on here but when I was at the book store the cover and title caught my eye. In hindsight, I don’t really think this book was worth the $25 I paid for the new release hardcover. This is not to say the book wasn’t good, it was pretty good, just more of a library borrow kind of book I think. It’s not something that most people read more than once. I struggled with the rating, I had to sit on it for a day, I settled on three stars in the end.
I thought the book moved at a very steady pace and I wasn’t bored at anytime while reading it. With Malice has an interesting set-up in that you don’t just hear Jill’s story from her point-of-view, but you also get to read interviews, reports, etc with various people. All of these things help unravel if Jill did indeed want to kill her best friend in the car crash. I did figure out the ending probably a little more than half way through but I thought they did a great job at throwing the reader off and planting red herrings all over the place. I didn’t love Jill as a character, I found her to be kind of one-dimensional and forgettable. One of my biggest pet peeves with this book was that I was constantly reminded of what amazing friends Jill and Simone were and how their friendship was like on other. I really didn’t need to be beat over the head with that fact.
I also couldn’t have cared less about the character Nicco, he was pretty cliche. I’ve seen it too many times before. I really liked Jill’s hospital roommate, Anna, but I felt like she kind of got wasted in the book. It seemed like she was going to be a major player but after awhile it was kind of obvious that she was just put in there for a certain plot point.
Overall, I would say this is great if you want a quick, short read. I would recommend waiting for it to come on paperback or borrowing from the library though