Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice by Eileen Cook

A teenage girl wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

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.

I saw this book mentioned in a blog post recently and I liked the sound of it so much that I immediately requested it on Net Galley! I’m so glad I did as it’s a really good read.

I was drawn into this novel very quickly – the opening lines are really gripping (see my Book Beginnings post for more about the first few lines) and it becomes impossible to just read a little bit of this book. The novel is narrated by Jill, who has no memory of the accident, which makes her very unreliable and I do love an unreliable narrator! I was curious about her from the start; she seemed like an ordinary, hard-working student who got caught up in a horrible accident through no fault of her own. As the novel progresses though a web begins to be woven and you find yourself  questioning things about Jill. Throughout the book there are snippets from social media and blogs, and transcripts from some of the police interviews, which really lead you to wonder how much Jill can be trusted – just as in real cases like this, we get swayed one way by one news report and then a different way entirely by another.

There are clear echoes in this novel of the murder of Meredith Kercher and the trial of Amanda Knox. In particular I could see how the author had taken the way the media presented that case and fictionalised it in this novel.

I think there are other novels about female friendship gone awry that are perhaps more deeply developed than this one but this is a real page turner – it’s a really enjoyable read and one that is very hard to put down. I rated it 4 out of 5 and would recommend it.

I received With Malice from HotKey Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

With Malice is due to be published on 9th June in the UK.

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Book Beginnings: With Malice by Eileen Cook

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Book beginnings is a meme set up by Rose City Reader. Every Friday post the first line of the book you’re reading along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Then add a link to your post on Rose City Reader’s blog.

My Book Beginning

With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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I’m not a morning person. Understatement. My hand couldn’t seem to muster the energy to turn off the alarm. It picked at the covers. The blanket felt wrong.

Scratchy. Thin.

This isn’t my bed.

I recently requested this book on NetGalley after reading a review that had me intrigued by it. I haven’t read the synopsis as I like the idea of reading novels without knowing too much about them in advance. I have to say that the opening lines of this novel have me wanting to read more immediately! This opening has a real sinister feel to it and it straight away feels like something bad has happened to the protagonist. There is also the possibility that the narrator has just crashed for the night somewhere and had momentarily forgotten so there is a lot of scope for what might happen next. I don’t think this book will be on my TBR for very much longer!

*Please note that this quote is taken from an ARC of the novel

What do you think of the opening? Does it make you want to read further?

Stacking the Shelves (21 May)

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(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.)

This week I’ve bought some new books:

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

I can’t wait to start reading this book, I’ve been so looking forward to its release. I wrote my Book Beginnings post about it yesterday if you’d like to read that post (click here).

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

I’ve had this book on pre-order for a while and have been very much looking forward to its release. I hope to read it very soon.

The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman

I bought this on a whim as I really liked the sound of the synopsis. I’ve never read anything by this author before but I’m looking forward to starting this.

SALE/KINDLE DEAL BOOKS

There’s been some great Kindle deals this week and I picked up a few bargains in that.

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent & Ros Schwartz

I’ve heard about this book a few times in recent months but haven’t got around to buying it so when I spotted it on Kindle for £2.99 I snapped it up. I can’t wait to read it.

Shame by Melanie Finn

This book has been on my wish list since last summer when it won an award. I actually thought I’d already bought it but when I went to look for it I eventually realised that I hadn’t… so I’ve put that right now.

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

I bought this after it showed up on a recommendation on Amazon. I liked the premise and when I saw it was only £1.89 I decided to take a chance on it.

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

I’ve seen this book around so much since it was released but I’ve had it in my head that it would be to creepy for me so I’ve avoided buying it. After my recent experience of reading another book that I’d put off for the same reason and then found I absolutely loved it (The Ice Twins, you can read my review here) I decided to take a chance on this one too. Hopefully I will find this one to be a compulsive read and can get past my wimpiness!

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

I saw this was on the short list for the Wellcome prize recently and as I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of other books on the same list I was considering buying it. When it popped up in yesterday’s Kindle Daily Deal I snapped it up. I’m still enjoying reading non-fiction and was looking for something new to read so I don’t think this will be on my TBR for long.


Books I received for review:

Made to be Broken by Rebecca Bradley

Made to be Broken by Rebecca Bradley (via the author)

I read Rebecca Bradley’s brilliant debut novel on the day it was released and I loved it so when I heard that she was writing a second book in the series I knew I’d have to read it. I was thrilled when Rebecca asked me if I’d like to have an early review copy to read and of course I said yes. I plan to read this very soon. I read her first book before I started writing reviews but I can promise that it’s a great read and I highly recommend you read it in advance of this one coming out.

 

Miss You by Kate Eberlen (via NetGalley)

I’ve seen this book mentioned quite a few times on twitter in recent weeks and have been really keen to read it so I was really pleased when my request was approved on NetGalley yesterday. This book’s not out until August so I should really read some other review books first but I’m not sure that I’ll be able to resist it for very long!

With Malice by Eileen Cook (via NetGalley)

I read a review of this on a blog just the other day (I’m so sorry that I can’t find the note where I wrote whose blog it was, if it was you then please tell me and I’ll link to you. I commented on the review so you’ll know if it was you) and liked the sound of it so much that I decided to see if it was on NetGalley, I was happy to find it was and can’t wait to start reading.

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (via publisher)

I’ve seen this book talked about on social media for a while now and have been so keen to get a copy of this book. I was offered the chance to review it this week so I jumped at the chance. I plan to start reading this in the next few days.

The Rise and Fall of the Miraculous Vespas by David F. Ross (via TripFiction)

I saw a post on TripFiction about some books they were looking for reviewers for so I signed up and had a look. This one jumped out at me, it sounds like such a good read. It made my day when it arrived with a record to go with the book, and a TripFiction bookmark and notecard. I can’t wait to read this so I’ll hopefully get chance to start it in the next week or so.


 

*Side note*

This week I was thrilled find I was nominated for a Bloggers Bash Award for Best Book Review Blog 2016. I’m listed as Hayley on the nomination form and if you’d like to vote for me I’d be grateful beyond words. I love blogging so much, it’s become such an important part of my life. The post with the links for all the voting categories is here: Bloggers Bash Awards Voting Page

 


 

So, that’s all of my new books from the past week. Have you bought any new books recently? Tell me all in the comments below, or if you have a stacking the shelves post on your blog feel free to post the link below too.:)

My weekly wrap up post will be on my blog tomorrow so please look out for that.