Release Date: June 7, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive, compulsive 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.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
I don't know about you, but most thrillers and mysteries don't end well for me. I'll be reading a book and within the first 40% of the book or so I can already see how it's all going to end. Though my past has really put me off from reading thrillers and mysteries, I couldn't shake the feeling that With Malice was going to be something different. Boy, was I right.
I was going to Yale, for crying out loud. How could anyone think I was guilty of murder?
With Malice follows a girl named Jill who has just woken up in the hospital only to find out that she's missing six weeks of her life. What's even worse is that her best friend is dead and everyone thinks it was her fault since she was driving the car that killed the two of them. She has also forgotten going to Italy and has therefore forgotten her most recent memories of her best friend.
Jill was a very great character. I've read books before where a main character is suffering from a form of aphasia, but I found it to be done best in With Malice. Jill didn't remember anything which really made the story more suspenseful to me as a reader too, which definitely added to the story overall. Simone honestly seemed like such a horrible person that I oftentimes wondered why Jill was ever friends with her in the first place. She seemed to even blame all the bad stuff in her life on Jill which really is messed up.
Maybe I only wanted to believe I was the kind of person who would never do something to Simone.
One of my favorite things about this novel was that every other chapter was tidbits of interviews and articles from websites about new information that was coming to light regarding Jill's case. I honestly lived for those chapters because they revealed so much and always made me anxious to find out what really happened that night that Simone died.
Before I end this review, I thought I should mention that lately I haven't really found a book that is so unputdownable that I've read it all in one sitting super late at night until the very early morning. With Malice broke that streak. I was up until 3 am reading this book and then I sat and thought about it for what felt like a while! I know that I'll for sure be recommending With Malice to anyone looking for a thrilling and suspenseful read.