With Malice by Eileen CookWith Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice

byEileen Cook

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron's senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. 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. 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.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else. www.eileen...
Title:With MaliceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:132869531X

ISBN - 13:9781328695314


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book I got completely addicted to this book and found it difficult to put it down its officially my new favourite
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting mystery It is true that this book will keep you guessing until the end, but I wasn't a fan of the protagonist. I did feel for her and I related to her in terms of school but her personality was not the greatest. As a result, it took me awhile to get into the book. The story and wanting to know what happened was what kept me going. I recommend this book for those who are looking for a teen mystery Also, I found the way the author incorporated interviews was cool and something I haven't seen before
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who will you trust? I picked this book up because the author, Eileen Cook, was coming to my school for a writing workshop and I wanted to read some of her work. I loved it and was exited to meet her. the ending was slightly weird. She informed me when I asked about it and said it was part up to the reader and part because Jill doesn't remember so she cant give a straight answer, Eileen planned it like that.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pick it up you will not regret it this book is comparable to we are liars, its a great mystery thriller with and unreliable narrator and main character, keeps you guessing til the last page
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising I am not a mystery book fan, but I found this one to be quite interesting! The ending will leave you shocked and have you questionning everything you thought you knew about the characters.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh Easy read with many surprises but the ending was a bit disappointing. would recommended to teens but not young adults
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete Disappointment Well, that was disappointing. A book with huge potential for being a murder mystery and/or thriller that I simply couldn't put down turned out to be nothing more than teen girl drama. And the ending? Pah. Completely unresolved, and I cannot begin to describe how much this annoys the bloody heck out of me. There's no real resolution - everything is up in the air. I didn't care for the characters, either; practically every single one of them managed to aggravate me in some way. I picked this up on a whim, but I'm relieved I only borrowed it from the library, because holy Hannah, this book annoyed me.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, easy read! This book was well written and easy to read. I enjoyed it, but I must admit I would have liked to have had a clear idea of the accident...
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from With Malice It was full of surprises, but the ending was a bit disappointing.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from With Malice It was a good book that kept you guessing, but I was disappointed in the ending.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Utterly Enchanting This book had me in suspense and full of emotions with every page. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a story! A great addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let Down The prose in this book were written really well, however 95% of this book is a huge build up for an incredibly anti climatic ending. The mystery falls flat and there's very little character development.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting Read. Interesting book very different read then what i am used to, however disappointed that i was left with lots of unanswered questions..
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and New This book had a very different storyline than most teen fiction which was refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was written, having the police reports gives the reader more insight into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to just about anyone
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! This book was so mysteriously entertaining. Could Jill truly harm herself and her best friend Simone? Will she ever find out the truth about what happened? I was indeed very curious about the real turn of events. I really enjoyed the excerpts from the interviews and blog entries. These often brought new information and therefore alternate theories. Besides, many characters were introduced this way. I kept wondering about Jill and her relatives’ true intentions. This book made me realize how clueless we are about other people’s opinions of ourselves. It is sometimes just a matter of perception. And are our relatives those who we think they really are?
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I loved the story line and the way the story was headed to. It was very pleasant for me to read this book, in two weeks I was done, I always wanted to know more. The ending was a little disapointing, because it wasn't as drastic as I thought it would be. Still, good book that I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time flew by I was stranded in a library. Yes, a dream come true for bookworms but at that time I really just wanted to go home. I had three hours to spare and I picked up this book out of the many that were staring at me in the face in the library. I gave it a four-star because I didn't get to finish it, I remember ending exactly at page 177. Hopefully I can pick this book up again where I left off because I never read much from this genre. I'm more into fantasy but this really piqued my interest.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was fun, but a little disappointing I liked this book, but I was expecting more out of it. The book was building up to some big reveal, some big scandal. Some unforeseen turn of events. Instead, it all just felt very anticlimactic to me. We spent an entire book digging up evidence and trying to sort through broken memories and (I'm trying not to spoil here) the truth was kind of a letdown. I did enjoy this format of this book. It alternates between Jill's perspective and a compilation of police reports, news broadcast transcripts, texts, blog posts etc. I think this added to the story because we got out of Jill's head for a little and got to learn and see different perspectives on the case. Since Jill's mind was unreliable, it was interesting to see what witnesses and friends of the two girls had to say. After having finished this, I still don't know what to think about any of the characters, and I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing. I don't know who's really guilty or who's really innocent. The ending just sort of happened after the last piece of the puzzle was finally discovered. When reading this, I was expecting not to trust anything. I thought this was going to be some great murder mystery to remind me of something along the lines of 'Columbo' but sadly, this wasn't the case at all. Like I said before, it all just fell flat to me. By the end, it seemed like the rest of the book was unnecessary. Nothing was even really wrapped up. I was also hoping that at least part of this would take place in Italy but sadly that wasn't the case either. :( Overall, this was just an okay read for me. I don't know if I'd recommend this to fans of mystery novels because it isn't the most complex one I've read. If you're looking for a quick, mysterious contemporary though I'd suggest giving this a go.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept me glued to the pages, but left me disappointed With Malice is the fiction equivalent of the Amanda Knox case. A girl goes to Italy and is accused of murder. With Malice is an interesting account of memory loss, murder, guilt, confusion, and the heightened emotions within teenagers. The majority of the novel is told from Jill's perspective as she tries to remember what happened in Italy and what happened to her best friend, Simone. The rest of the novel is interviews, news station transcripts, and social media postings/comments. What I enjoyed most about this novel was its ability to make me feel as if I'm witnessing the media frenzy this case conjured in real life. I felt swept up in the rumors and speculations being thrown. The only complaint I have is that the media/interview chapters weren't integrated enough with Jill's chapters. I also didn't like Jill's lack of agency and her passiveness. Throughout the entire novel she allows everyone to make decisions on her behalf. I understand that she's not able to make important decisions at the beginning of novel, however as time passes she should slowly regain her agency. It isn't until the last few pages of the novel that she makes a conscious decision and follows through. The best thing of about this book is that it kept me reading until the last page. The pace was consistent and didn't feel slow at any moment. Overall, With Malice was an interesting read that kept me reading until the last page. It offers an interesting perspective on recovery from traumatic events with the added twist of a murder mystery.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book is good for people that like mystery and supence.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good but not that good. I love thriller, mystery suspense books and the cover immediately brought my attention. Unfortunately, even with the beautiful settings and characters, there were so many unanswered questions to this and ended just so abruptly I was left thinking a millionn things. Otherwise, it's ok for just a time pass.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not quite enough interesting setup and rollout of information, beautiful setting, but not enough of a surprising twist.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Stars I'm very glad I picked this book up! I love Italy, I love thrillers, and I love a good murder mystery. This book has all three. I loved that a huge portion of this book is told through the perspective of social media and police files: documents, forum comments, news articles, interviews, etc. It really adds to the drama, the desperation, the deceit...I was riveted. I couldn't put the book down - I wanted to know the truth just as badly as Jill did. Did she kill Simone? Did she have an affair in Italy? What happened between her and her best friend? Unfortunately Jill has no memories of what happened. The ending did not disappoint. WOW. It really surprised me in the best way possible. With Malice explores friendship, feminism, media speculation, and jealousy. Definitely one of my favourite reads from 2016.This book stayed with me long after I finished it.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada Jill and Simone's relationship is one to remember. At first, you're thinking the end result couldn't actually happen. But as you keep reading you're torn apart thinking, "Wellheck maybe I'm wrong? Am I wrong?" Ahhhh so frustration will definitely be on your plate when you pick this one up. It has a similar feel to DANGEROUS GIRLS. The point of view could have been better if we could see what actually did happen and not just from Jill's point of view because we were in the dark for most of the book. I actually had no idea what this was about except the genre was a YA thriller and I just love these type of books. With Jill we get a better sense of who Simone really is and how she came to be. I thought the interviews between the secondary characters were interesting enough and it made me question whether or not to trust our narrator. One thing I do have to say is that the cover was a bit misleading since most of the book is set in a hospital. With recaps and flashbacks of what actually happened in Italy. I was looking forward to them going around Italy and seeing all the sights and then the thriller would be revealed but that wasn't the case. I can't say anything more about the book except that it was thrilling and I couldn't believe how it ended. Maybe if the point of views could have been both the girls we would really understand what happened. Here's another one to add to your collection that will have readers on the edge of their seat, WITH MALICE by Eileen Cooks will have you guessing for the real truth!
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps You Guessing Until the Very End 4.5 Stars I tend to shy away from reading psychological thrillers because I'm afraid they'd feel predictable to me. I took a chance on With Malice because both the title and the synopsis drew me in. And how awesome is it that I share a name with the author? Pretty cool to me~ :P Anyways, I'm happy to say I enjoyed this book very much! With Malice was intense. The story didn't blow my mind but the progression in recovering Jill's memories and unraveling the case had me nonstop reading. I loved the way the story was told. With alternating chapters between Jill in the present and relevant case documents, each chapter shed a bigger light to the relationship between Jill and Simone. We get closer and closer to finding out exactly what happened in Italy. To elaborate on the case documents, there were an assortment of interview transcripts, news articles, online postings and public opinions. I thought they were very detailed and well-done. The social media aspect particularly felt relevant. It was convincing to see arguments from both sides- people that called Jill guilty or believed in her innocence. Using the given evidence and eye witness accounts I tried to piece together the case but I could never pin down a solid theory as to what happened with/between the girls. The suspense lies in how unreliable Jill is. She survives a horrible car crash but the pain of losing her best friend coupled with the shock that she might have done it on purpose made her doubt her every memory. She was unsure of everything, even her own feelings. But her very supportive therapist helped her to make sense of them. It was also extra difficult and tricky for Jill to decipher which of her memories were real because she was exposed to details of the accident before she could regain any of her summer. I didn't like the treatment she was getting from the Italian police but thankfully she had an excellent lawyer on her side. One part in the story totally resonated with me. Jill talked about how it was awkward for her to interact with other people because she'd say the wrong things or make a nerdy reference people didn't understand. I get that. That's me too. I kind of didn't think she would be capable of killing but I wasn't so sure she was completely free of any blame either. When that key piece of memory of hers filled in, I was surprised. With Malice kept me guessing until the very end. Every time I came close to thinking I'm right, something would pop up and make me think otherwise. My heart was pounding as the pages wound down. That ending. Those last lines. I shivered. I very highly recommend With Malice to anyone who enjoys a thriller that keeps you on your toes. I absolutely couldn't stop theorizing!
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! "The story is twisty, well-written, and so powerful that I felt as though I was reading about a true crime. Is there anything more complex or vicious than a teen girl? Especially one with secrets."-Chevy Stevens NYT Bestselling author Still Missing and Those Girls
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive YA Psychological Thriller It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. Jill and Simone, two best friends since fourth grade, and weeks in Italy on the Adventure Abroad Program for promising students wishing to experience the culture of another country. But nothing went according to plan. Jill wakes up in a hospital back home in the USA. And Simone is dead... killed in Italy in a car accident that Jill can't recall. In fact, the last six weeks of Jill's life are a blank space. Her doctors tell her it's understandable, given the trauma she experienced and the serious physical injuries she sustained in the wreck. All Jill needs to focus on is the weeks of rehabilitation ahead of her. But if it was really just a terrible accident, why has her father hired a lawyer and press team? And a more chilling thought, what if it really wasn't an accident that Simone is now gone? Two beautiful girls, a foreign location, and a potential crime of jealousy—the news headlines are sensational. Everyone wants to know what happened, and public sympathy is not on Jill's side, not when her classmates say Jill and Simone had been fighting on the trip. Jill can barely comprehend it all. She and Simone had been just like sisters; she would never hurt her. But with police interview transcripts from teachers and staff on the Italy trip interspersed in the story, the more we're unsure who to believe. I loved that I wasn't ever sure what direction With Malice would take. As each new detail emerged, my opinion of the events would constantly evolve. There's more than one side to every story, but sifting through the witness accounts and Jill's own thoughts was an addictive challenge. The truth can become so distorted. A harmless comment or photograph can be taken out of context, and words can be twisted against you. Eileen Cook's With Malice is her best—and most ambitious—novel yet. Mysterious. Intriguing. Scandalously fun and ripe with tension. With Malice is an unforgettable YA psychological thriller that will capture your attention until you turn to the very last page. It's the kind of book that kept me awake into the middle of the night, unwilling to stop reading until I discovered the truth of the events in Italy. I absolutely loved With Malice.
Date published: 2016-06-06

Editorial Reviews

An Entertainment Weekly Seriously Scary Summer Read" "A creepy, satisfying thriller? " -Entertainment Weekly "This multimedia project is a perfect thriller to stow in your beach bag." -TeenVogue.com "Prepare for lots of twists, right up until the very last chapter." -Seventeen.com "[A] page-turning psychological thriller." -Bustle.com "For those who like a suspenseful and riveting novel." -Glitter Guide "This book will have you turning pages as you try and decide what you believe and who you can trust." -Parade.com * "Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller." -Booklist, STARRED review "[With Malice] is a page-turner, and the ending is unsettling-let the reader beware." -VOYA "A solid thriller that will leave readers guessing until the very last page." -School Library Journal "Cook believably portrays the struggles of girl who had it all and is left to pick up the pieces of a life she isn't sure is hers." -Publishers Weekly "The hoopla surrounding the accident is played well, reminiscent of the real-life Amanda Knox trial. Jill's past-tense narration is complemented by Justice for Simone blog posts, police transcripts, text messages, email, Facebook comments, and Crime Watch episodes, through which details of their frenemy-ship and what might've happened emerge." -Kirkus "The story is twisty, well-written, and so powerful that I felt as though I was reading about a true crime. Is there anything more complex or vicious than a teen girl? Especially one with secrets."-Chevy Stevens NYT Bestselling author Still Missing and Those Girls "Some books you read and forget immediately. Some you finish and want to start again immediately. This is one of the latter. Staggeringly smart, just enough sexy, and virtually seamless."-Terra Elan McVoy, author of Edgar Finalist, Criminal "