Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date:June 7, 2016
Welcome to another post for Killer Thursdays a segment of my blog where I talk about everything crime, mystery and thriller related. This week on the reading list was With Malice by Eileen Cook. This was a fun and easy read for me. Though I wasn’t completely blown away by this YA thriller it was a fast read that kept you turning the pages.
It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.
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 six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. 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.
As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
I found this book a little to predictable. I knew where the story was going from the beginning but it still managed to keep my attention and keep me turning the pages. I especially liked the media snippets because it added more drama to the story. I could really see this book turning into a movie. It was fast pace and addicting in some ways.
One major thing I didn’t like about this book was Jill and all the other characters. I really couldn’t feel for any of them and sadly I really didn’t care much. I just wasn’t invested. I found Jill to be a brat and annoying. Throughout the book she keep insisting on this “perfect” image she had and how she couldn’t commit this crime because “she was not that kind of person” I found her need to be perfect infuriating. I also did not buy the friendship between her and Simone. I wish we had more character development, especially regarding the friendship. I really couldn’t see how they cared about each other.
As I stated before, the plot and twist were easy to figure out and I wasn’t left with a shell shock effect that I sometimes get with thrillers. For a YA mystery/thriller, it was ok and I can see a lot of my students eating this up so I think I will be donating this one to the classroom library.