» Written by Eileen Cook
» 316 pages
» Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 7th, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads
I’m really not sure why I even put this book on my TBR. I don’t ever read thrillers, because I don’t like to be scared. This book sounds scary. For some reason, despite my fears, I was drawn to With Malice. I was hesitant when I bought it on my Kindle, saying I would DNF if it freaked me out too much. I am so, so glad that I put my suspicion behind me and read this book. I loved it so much. (And honestly, it wasn’t scary at all!)
The minute I picked up With Malice, I was hooked. I read the entire thing in a span of maybe 3 hours. I haven’t read a book that fast in so long! A big part of the fact that I loved this book so much was the powerful plot. I loved every twist and turn the story took, and I was desperate to see what would happen next. The mystery was laid out so well, and everything that happened meshed perfectly into the story and the suspense. I also thought that the ending was perfect. It was slightly ambiguous, which I liked because it gave readers room to imagine what happened after the conclusion. However, it was still secure enough that I had a basic idea of what happened and it wasn’t frustrating to me.
The characters of With Malice were also wonderful. I related to Jill, the main character, so deeply. I read most of this book on the Kindle app on my phone, and I kept screen-shotting places where Jill described herself, because I felt like she was describing me!Jill was an unreliable narrator, which I loved because those are so much fun to read. The other characters are amazing too. I thought Jill’s parents, Evan, and Anna were described in such great detail that I felt like I knew them personally. They also seemed very realistic and genuine, which I loved. I even felt like I got to know Simone, which is extremely impressive because she was dead the whole book!
I really enjoyed the format of With Malice. The majority of it was told through Jill’s perspective, but there were interviews, webpages, Facebook statuses, and more thrown in throughout the book. This made the book even more gripping and interesting, as you tried to piece together Jill’s thoughts and each extra added in.
Overall, I adored With Malice. I highly, highly recommend this to anyone who would like to read a YA thriller. Or honestly, anyone at all! I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book!