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Review by Suze
Jill can't remember what happened in the six weeks before she ended up in the hospital. She went to Italy on a school trip and doesn't even know she's been there at all. What she also doesn't know is that she had an accident and was flown back home. Her leg is in a cast and she has some brain damage for which she needs therapy. Jill might fully recover from the physical side of the accident, but that isn't the only problem she has. There is a lawyer who wants answers from her. What went wrong so badly that she faces a trial and how can Jill prove she's innocent if she doesn't even know a single thing about her stay in Italy?
With Malice is a gripping story. Jill wakes up in a hospital bed and has no idea how she got there. She doesn't know why she needs a lawyer and she also has no idea why the Italian police want to question her. She doesn't remember anything at all. She's only allowed to see her parents. There are no friends there to support her, not even Jill's best friend Simone. She's like a sister to Jill, so why isn't she there? Together with her rehab roommate Jill tries to find out the truth. I couldn't wait to know what it was and read this book in one sitting. With Malice had me in its power from the start and I couldn't put it down.
Jill is a bit shy, she's well-behaved, she is very smart and articulate. She doesn't have to worry about money and her future looks bright. She focuses on her studies and wants to go to Yale. How can a good girl like Jill be accused of a horrible crime? I think that's a great topic for a novel. I loved the tension and the secrets. I had the feeling I couldn't trust anything and anyone in this story which added to the appeal. I was constantly aware and alert and I love it when an author manages to make me go through so many different emotions.
Eileen Cook's writing has an easy flow and With Malice is a quick and enjoyable read. There's confusion from the start and the author knows how to play with tension. It's intriguing to read about a girl who's had an accident in a foreign country and who ends up without any memories of her trip. I loved the constant question marks and the fact that in every chapter a little bit of information is being revealed. This goes on until the final pages and the ending is amazing. Even though I had my suspicions from the start it still surprised me. If you're looking for a fascinating read, try this book. With Malice is fabulously creepy.