Review: With Malice

With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook

Published June 7, 2016

HMH Books for Young Readers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

mal·ice

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

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up to what she thinks is the annoying sound of an alarm clock. However she quickly realizes she’s in the hospital and it’s the monitors she’s attached to that are beeping. She has absolutely no idea why she’s in the hospital. But she knows things must be bad as BOTH of her parents (divorced with no love lost between them) are there. When she tries to speak she has trouble expressing herself and remembering the correct words for certain things. She also can’t remember what happened.

She wants to talk to her best friend Simone but her mom says only family can visit. She’s told that she was in a car accident. One of her first thoughts is that she won’t be better in time for her trip to Italy. Shockingly, she finds out that the trip has already happened and that Italy is where the car accident took place. Jill is devastated to learn that Simone was killed in the same car accident and that Jill was driving the car.

Jill still has no recollection of her time in Italy or the accident. She is horrified to hear that people are suggesting that it was no accident and that Jill crashed the car on purpose. That the police may in fact even hold her responsible for Simone’s death, that she could have to go to court and possibly even to jail.

She loved Simone. She would never hurt her best friend, especially on purpose….
Would she?

Quite a bit of the story is told from Jill’s point of view. However, the author also included other things like interviews with police, newspaper articles, Facebook posts, emails, media statements and much more to give an idea of what happened. It also gave an idea of how Jill was being perceived in the media, by the public and by police. I loved the fact that the author included this other information to give the reader a better perspective of everything going on in the story.

I really enjoyed this book. Well written with a fantastic plot that had me gripped from beginning to end. I have not previously read any other books by Eileen Cook. However, after reading this book, I am really looking forward to more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Eileen Cook for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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