by Eileen Cook
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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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.
Jill wakes up in a hospital, covered in bruises and wounds, without any idea of how she got them. The police are investigating her for the murder of her best friend. Unfortunately, the last few months of her life have been wiped clean.
“It doesn’t matter what’s true — what matters is what people believe.”
I considered Jill to be an unreliable character. She has no recollection of what happened and her doctor tells her that some memories she could recover are possibly not real—I doubted everything she thought about. I was so confused about everyone’s motives. It was so hard trying to piece everything together. At one point, I did suspect the ending, but it was for a fleeting second.
You can’t tell anything about a person when things are great. If you want to really know someone, be there when everything goes to hell.
I honestly enjoyed the whole story. It kept me on my toes, it had the right amount of suspense and I really liked that the main character was unreliable. I had problems with the ending. Everything is revealed and suddenly, the end. I felt like it was cut off short. On one hand, I understand the abrupt ending because it’s actually fitting to how everything was unraveled; on the other, the abruptness didn’t give way to a completion or justice, I would say. I can’t really say more without spoiling the ending.
With Malice is a good YA thriller with a good dose of unreliable-ness to keep the story very intriguing.
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