Author: Eileen Cook
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
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.
Color me impressed! More often than not, I’m disappointed when it comes to YA mystery, so I rarely even try anymore. However, I loved the previous Eileen Cook book I read, so decided to give With Malice a try. I’m glad I did, because I had a great time with it! Betrayal, deceit, speculation, it’s quite the sensational story.
Jill wakes up in the hospital and doesn’t remember the past six weeks of her life. She suffered head trauma, among other injuries. I know, the whole loss of memory thing is kind of tired, and it isn’t exactly my favorite trope, but I love how it was done here. It’s actually believable and realistic. She discovers that she was on the senior trip to Italy when an accident occurred. Someone was killed, and now people are questioning what really happened. That’s all I’m going to say about the story or any other characters besides Jill, because that’s how you should go into this.
Jill is a likable character, but she’s a bit unreliable because of her head injury. Actually so much that is presented in this book is unreliable, and that’s what I love the most. What’s true, and what isn’t? Depends on who you talk to. It’s interesting getting the different perspectives of what people witnessed and their interpretations. Also how differently someone can be viewed by others.
The author incorporates various forms of media, like blog posts, social media, and police interviews. It’s fascinating and sad how it mirrors real life. We see it all the time how society will jump to conclusions and become judge and jury without having the full picture, or base their assessment on rumors. I love how this was done!
With Malice is a real page tuner that had me craving the truth until the end. I’m telling you, the mystery is done very well, and everything unfolds absolutely wonderfully. Honestly, it outshines many adult mysteries I’ve read.