Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A 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.
I am a sucker for a good mystery story because I just love to guess what happened before the truth is revealed. Thus, I was really excited to read With Malice because it sounded like my kind of book.
Jill and Simone have been best friends forever, but when Jill wakes up in the hospital she can’t seem to remember the last six weeks of her life and she is shocked to learn that her best friend has died in a car accident – an accident that might not have been an accident at all.
The more we learn about Jill and Simone, the more we realize how different these girls are. Jill is interested in art and history, and she loves to read and to study, while Simone loved to party and to be the center of attention. Nevertheless, they got along well and were inseparable. But something happened between the two while they were in Italy and soon we learn that there was a boy involved. As Jill puts the pieces together we find out that their friendship wasn’t at all as perfect as it might have seemed.
I did sympathize with Jill, after all I felt sorry for her. She did not only lose her best friend, but she also couldn’t remember a single thing about Simone’s death. Still, there was something off about Jill, and that’s why I didn’t like her 100 %.
And although the mystery aspect was interesting and kept me reading and guessing, I still found this novel to be slow-paced. I just hoped With Malice would be suspenseful and full of twists and turns, but unfortunately, it was somehow predictable.
Maybe With Malice reminded me too much of another book I’ve read in the past, namely Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I just think that while With Malice was certaintly an entertaining read, it wasn’t unique. And the ending was unsatisfactory as well, at least for me.
All in all, this novel was interesting and had a nice setting; however, it was too slow and predictable for my taste.
3 out of 5 stars
Note: I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!