With Malice

With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
Pages: 316
ISBN: 0544805097
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Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book begins as 18 year old Jill wakes up in the hospital. She has no idea how she got there or the events leading up to the accident. Apart from her physical injuries, she has aphasia and cannot remember the last 6 weeks of her life.

She quickly learns that she was the driver in a car accident which killed her best friend, Simone. She also learns that the Italian authorities want to charge her with Murder. Her father has hired an Attorney, and eventually a press team, to represent her. Her life gets turned upside down and we watch (read) as she is forced to cope with the death of her best friend, mounting criminal charges, healing from the accident, and feeling as if no one believes her.

In short, this book was really, really good. I was sucked into this book from the very first page. I loved how the story is told through witness accounts, police interrogations, blogs, and through Jill’s point of view. This really worked as Jill cannot remember being in Italy. She can’t recall meeting a man there or any problems she and her best friend may have experienced.

This is the type of book that I would have sat down and read in one sitting had life not gotten in the way. For me it was a page turner to see what really happened. This book is being compared to two other books: We were liars and The Girl on the Train. I found that I read this book faster than those books. I just had to know what really happened. We are shown bits and pieces of things that happened as Jill “remembers” them.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a really smart YA book. Immediately gripping. Perfect book for those who enjoy YA, mysteries, books with unreliable narrators, or crime fiction.

Highly recommend.


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