With Malice | Book Review

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Author: Eileen Cook

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Hot Key Books


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.


First off, yes, I did go out of my way to get the UK edition of this book. I mean, it just looks more appealing. And second, yes, I have had this book since it came out last year but I just got around to reading it now. Whoops.

Being that I have read many phsycological thrillers in the past, I did have some expectations for this book. Unfortunately, some of them were not met.

The beginning and end of the book were absolutely gripping. Full of mystery and suspense, they had me at the edge of my seat. Now, the middle seemed to be a bit lacking in terms of developing. Sure it did break done what happened and why, but I feel like it was more of a filler to make the book longer. Even saying this, I couldn’t put the book down, I just had to know what had happened.

With Malice is an intriguing mystery/thriller novel with interesting unexpected content: interviews, e-mails, memos…

But I do find it underwhelming that we did not see the characters—Jill, Simone, Nico—in action, even in memories. You see, Jill lost her memories of her trip to Italy, therefore she cannot recall any of the events there when she wakes up in the hospital.

The book did approach the topic of friends, but sometimes, not all friends are meant to be. Backstabbing, lying and sneaking around behind the other are all prevalent in this book.

With all of this said, it is still a fantastic book, perfect for reading lounging by the beach on a hot summer day 🙂

P.S. As I was reading through the Goodreads reviews, I came across this amazing fact.


Simple Definition of malice

: a desire to cause harm to another person

Full Definition of malice

1: desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another
2: intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse

OMG, THAT MAKES SO MUCH  SENSE! And I was so curious as to what the title had to do with the actual story.




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