YA Book Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook
This was the first book on my summer reading list, which you can view here. I choose this book because of the bright cover, the catchy blurb, and the fact that it was a change from the fantasy I’ve been reading a lot of lately.
The basic premise of With Malice, is that a girl, Jill, wakes up with retrograde amnesia after a car accident. When Jill is accused of murder, she tries to determine whether or not she actually committed the crime. It was catchy, it was fast paced and it kept me reading right to the end.
But… Well, I’m still not sure I really liked the ending, but I definitely enjoyed getting there. And it was an ending that I kept going back to this week. it made me wonder, and think about a few things. Which was nice.
I liked that this book was told not just from Jill’s first person narrative, but through police interviews, media articles, and a few other devices like text messages and post cards. It was a breath of fresh air in that sense—pretty different than everything else I’ve been reading lately.
I’d give With Malice (associate link) a solid four out of five stars. If you like mysteries, then this one is for you. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much a 13 Reasons Why, which is one of my favourites, but With Malice was still worth reading. It definitely added some enjoyment to my summer.
J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Broken Tide, the first two books of the series can be found on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016, after Dead Water and Doomed Seas, two Novellas featuring Caesar.