With Malice by Eileen Cook (Book Review)

maliceEighteen-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.

Release Date: June 7, 2016
HMH Books
Page Count: 320 

**I was provided with an eArc from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I am not much of a thriller-reader, however, something about this book intrigued me and it wasn’t just my love for the cover. It was advertised as a mix between We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train, but I would actually call it something of a teen-version of Gone Girl.

Now you may wonder why I say that, right? Well, one of the biggest parts of Gone Girl was how the media twisted the public image of the MC and therefore branded him a murderer without actual proof. Well, Jill has to face a similar fate. Enhanced through her amnesia, it is truly a thrill to not know what is going to be thrown at her next. Some twists I could predict, others I didn’t have on my radar at all and I am glad for it!

Jill’s voice was really authentic. At first, I wasn’t sure I really liked her, she seemed a bit superficial at first, but as we got to know her, I found more and more similarities between us – it freaked me out! She’s the unassuming, quiet girl. The bookworm who is more interested in art and culture than boys. The one who is fiercely loyal to her friend and who backs down and apologizes, even if she knows it wasn’t her fault. Heck, she even has a blog (about feminism though, so that’s definitely not a topic I address on my blog). But something changed on the trip to Italy and she has no idea what happened. She doesn’t know who she is anymore and that scares her, especially since the people who should believe in her most start to crumble in their faith.

“Don’t you get it? Who we are is what comes out when shit goes bad. You can’t tell anything about a person when things are great. If you want to really know someone, be there when everything goes to hell.”

The ending wasn’t exactly what I would call satisfying, but it fit perfectly with the theme and vibe of the book. It is not so much about motive and execution of a possible crime, it’s about friendship and what drives people together or apart.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! If you want a book where you constantly wonder what is true and what possibly happened – this is the read for you!


Are you interested in reading this book? Are psychological thrillers your jam?

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