With Malice: 4 out of 5 stars

I listened to the Audible version of this book

This makes me want to go to Italy…minus the drama.


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.


How gorgeous is that cover?

This book has a pretty cool set up. Told through first person narrative, police transcripts, social media posts and more, Cook has spun a web of lies into a seductive YA mystery.

“Why is it they say you always hurt the ones you love? Because you know exactly how to do it.”

Our narrator Jill is as unreliable as they come due to some post car accident amnesia. Waking up in hospital without any memories is not something I’d ever considered being a fear of mine, but after reading this it sure is now. When Jill awakes disorientated and missing a few weeks of her life, she slowly tries to piece her memories together for the sake of her sanity. It isn’t until she finds herself caught up in a murder investigation that it becomes clear that her lost memories are the only key to proving her innocence.

Jill was an interesting character for me because I felt like you learnt a lot about Jill without ever really learning anything about her. I really liked Jill in the beginning. She was smart, sweet and her social commentary was hilarious, but it wasn’t before long that her personality took a turn and she become somewhat unbearable. Did anyone else feel this way? I guess it’s all a ploy to serve the mysterious tone of this story.

As the story unfolds we are introduced to some interesting characters, some lies by omission and little clues that keep you on your toes. The whole build up to the big twist was incredibly compelling and with theories running through my mind. I couldn’t wait to find out what the fuck was going on…and then the twist was revealed. The twist was a little anticlimactic for me and I wish there had been a little more fire underneath the truth but I didn’t think it dragged the rest of the journey down.

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