With Malice by Eileen Cook
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital, unable to remember the past six weeks, including the accident that killed her best friend, if it was, in fact, an accident.
I love stories where the narrator doesn’t know or remember what’s happened. This book runs parallel with other stories like The Girl on the Train and one I reviewed earlier this year, The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.
I had this book somewhere in the TBR pile that continues to grow and grow at my house. I bumped it up to the top of my pile when my friend devoured the book while we were on a weekend trip together. At first, after she finished it, she said, ‘Yeah, it’s really good, you’ll like it.’ But a few weeks later, she texted me and said, ‘I’ve read 5 other books since that one and I can’t stop thinking about With Malice.’ That’s a sign of a good book in my opinion.
The story revolves around Jill, a high school senior, who wakes up with no memory of the last 6 weeks of her life. She comes to find out that a lot has happened in those 6 weeks, including a terrible accident that left her with a lot of injuries and killer her best friend Simone. As she recovers, she tries to piece together the fuzzy memories that slowly come back to her while also dealing with the aftermath of the accident.
This story is told with just the right pacing and reveals. It kept me engaged and wondering what memory Jill would gain back next. I spent a lot of time wondering what really happened to Simone, who was to blame for the accident and what was the truth. I loved it!
If you like mysteries, whodunits or just a story with some great intrigue, pick this book up soon.