With Malice Review


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. With Malice a book I bear Malice towards? Let’s find out.

received a review copy from Allen & Unwin for an honest review.

I don’t read thrillers and when I do, they’re really good. In the sense that they really mess with me. I second guess my second guesses. I even take ‘breaks’ to think about how sane I really am when I find out that I may have been rooting for the guilty party the whole time. These are the kind of thrillers I’ve read. With Malice however, was, mediocre. It was like the plain vanilla ice cream amongst the various other ice creams. But vanilla ice cream is good and so was With Malice.
I finished it quicker than expected. With Malice was a light read. I went in with no expectations because I’ve seen the title floating around. I didn’t really want to read reviews of With Malice because it’d probably deny me the chance to form my own opinion and I’m glad I did. After finishing the book, I was really disappointed in the ending. With Malice had so much potential to really mess with my head like thrillers I’ve read before have done. I was really hoping for a sick revolting twist but it never came. The plot in my opinion was predictable. I already knew who Eileen was going to use as a “Shepard”* in the story.
However, the writing it great. I was drawn into the story, invested in how Jill’s story would end. I loved the layout of the book. The interviews, the blog posts, the comments and the tv scripts were exciting to read. It was a great way to slowly uncover the truth or shall I say, the ‘truth’ we’re made to believe.
With Malice’s protagonist, Jill, is just an average character, I didn’t feel a connection with her. I assumed what Simone was really like whilst reading the book and discovering that I was right wasn’t that fulfilling. The predictability was annoying. I really expected something out of the box, but it never happened.
Anna was a character I really enjoyed even though she’s briefly in the book with the Dr, who I also really enjoyed. These two characters were probably the number one reason why I wanted to finish the book. I needed to know what happened to them. Nico, Jill’s love interest, wasn’t that interesting. I didn’t care much for his story.

Overall, With Malice was an average book. Nothing special. But worth the read. After collecting my thoughts on how to rate With Malice, I’ve just decided to give it a 3 stars out of five. I originally rated it 4, then 3.75 but thinking about it now, It was an okay book. I’d recommend the book to those interested in reading light thrillers.

Thanks so much Allen & Unwin for the review copy of With Malice

* Using someone as scape goat of a murder to get the attention off the real killer.
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