Monday, June 6, 2016

Early Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

Title: With Malice 
Author: Eileen Cook 
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers 
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication: June 7th, 2016 
Pre-order: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend--only what if the accident wasn't an accident?

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 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but 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. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. 


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. 
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  1. OHHHHH I like the sound of this one! I love memory loss when the book starts out with it (hate it when its thrown in the middle FOR NO REASON). The tone kinda made me think of Don't Look Back by JLA and I lurveeed that one. I think I'll add this to my wishlist wifey pants. Great review guys! *smish*

  2. I've seen this around a few places, and I want to try it!

  3. I think it's true that YA thrillers are getting darker, and it's only natural. Boundaries need to be pushed. I love the memory loss trope and I really think this might be a good choice for me. Wonderful review, ladies!

  4. Anonymous6/08/2016

    This sounds sooo good, I really wanna check this one out!!! Awesome review you guys! :) -Jamie

  5. You girls and your thriller/mystery books! This one sounds like it was a wonderful ride being along with a character we has no idea what is going on or what happened and then slowly, with her, unraveling it all. Definitely sounds good!!

    *Tackle hugs*


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