HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens
It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.
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 six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. 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.
As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
Well, I loved the mastery in With Malice. I could sense a twist coming from the beginning, and I was looking forward to discovering it. However, when it was revealed, I was disappointed, as it was nothing like what I was expecting. If I were to describe it in a sentence, it would be “It’s like the Amanda Knox story and Gone Girl had a baby.” I do really that I’m a jaded adult, and therefore, I think teens will LOVE this book, especially if they like mysteries.