We've had good luck with YA thrillers this year; and they seem to be getting more cutting edge, darker and twistier. With Malice was no exception and a story that we both enjoyed.
Jill Charron wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there; she's soon told she was in a car accident on a student trip in Italy, but that does nothing to jog her memory of the accident itself or the weeks leading up to it – or the fact that her best friend Simone was killed in the accident. But what could be worse than waking up and finding out you were in a car accident that killed your best friend? Waking up and finding out the world thinks you're to blame.
One of our favorite things about the book was the inclusion of police transcripts, blog posts, and social media comments. Because of Jill’s memory loss, she was an unreliable narrator, so the reader struggles along with her to put all the pieces together. This was our first book by Eileen Cook, and we will definitely be reading more by this author. With an intriguing plot, interesting characters, and a clever ending, With Malice is a summer must-read.
A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for our honest review.