With Malice by Eileen Cook

I’ve been posting about this constantly, but yes I did read With Malice. I sort of came into the book uncertain because of the similarities with the Amanda Knox trial. A couple years ago I watched the documentary based on the Knox trial and when I read the description of With Malice I was on the fence. I understand creative differences, but I still felt the story was based off of Amanda Knox (I may be stubborn and ignorant).

“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.”- Goodreads

Overall,  With Malice is a great book. If I ignore my prejudice against the book then I loved it. This book was fast paced and wonderfully written. The characters are fantastic. Normal narrative is broken up by police interviews (which I love). So, so, so interesting to be able to read multiple character opinions on the crime. This is without a doubt a great book. I only wish it was more orginal. This review is short because I don’t want to rave about the book and I also am not angry enough to rant about it. 

I’m super busy this week, so I just quick threw my thoughts together! Have a great Sunday!


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