Italy. Best friends. Romance. Gelato. Murder. There was something else. What was it…?

Title: With Malice
Author: Eileen Cook
Rating: 9
Source: Raincoast Books for Review

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Amazon Description:

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron’s senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. 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. 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.

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What I Thought:

With Malice was a wonderful introduction to the genre of YA thrillers. I haven’t really read much of this type of book so this was new for me. But I loved it.

I couldn’t put it down. And not like when some people say that but they actually did put it down, and they just really enjoyed it. I mean I couldn’t stop myself from reading it and went into the wee hours of the morning. I am not a night person in any way, shape, or form. So that was a big deal, guys! A huge. freaking. deal.

I loved that the story was fed to us slowly. A bit of the mystery revealed here, a bit there. I really enjoy when stories are told through things like letters, so the fact that Cook used police reports, texts, guidebook entries and websites was very interesting to me. The pace was good enough that it kept me hooked but not so fast I got whiplash. Each new revelation had me saying, “What?” and then scurrying to read the next chapter.

I would have liked if we had seen some more of Italy. From the cover I was expecting it to be at least mostly set while Jill is on vacation but it is primarily set in the hospital as she is recovering.

Jill as an unreliable narrator was amazing. The self-doubt, the shock at seeing things she had written but could not remember, and the utter confusion at what was happening around her was perfection. It seemed real.

At the climax of the book I was so worked up and freaking out that I was slapping my husband’s arm as I was reading it in bed. He really loved that.

I did really like the ending even though were a few aspects I wasn’t fully on board with as it felt a little rushed. Although I totally didn’t see the ending coming. In a good way. I just stared at the book in my hands like, “What?!”  Then I turned to my (sleeping) husband and whispered, “What?!?”

I can definitely recommend this book!

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Extras:

She made a website for us to support (or not) Justice for Simone. It’s basically awesome and you guys should check it out. I seriously love when authors create things like this!

Earlier in the week I posted a review with the terrifically funny Eileen Cook. AND a giveaway for a **signed** copy of her book! Find both here.

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TL;DR:

I remember what it was! Amnesia!
Now that I’ve got my feet wet in the YA thriller department, does anyone have suggestions as to what to read next?