Book Review: With Malice

Monday, August 08, 2016
Book Review: With Malice
Mystery, thriller and YA books have become some of my favourites for this year and from the description, this book ticked all of my book loving boxes as it's a mystery YA book set partly in Italy and I LOVE Italy! Additionally it's a relatively short book and shorter books are great to read in between longer and more heavy going books.

I received *With Malice by Eileen Cook from the super super lovely people at Hot Key Books and I chose it because I'd heard great things about it from so many people on booktube; also the cover is really interesting and I obviously gravitate towards pretty and interesting looking books. It's 293 pages and on Amazon the genre is 'young adult' and 'action/adventure' and I'd definitely says it's a YA books but it's not really an action/adventure book - to me it is a YA psychological thriller/mystery.

The book follows Jill, she's woken up in hospital with no recollection of the past few weeks but what she does know is that something is very wrong and she hasn't been told the whole story and she doesn't even know the whole story herself. I don't really want to give anything away but it did remind me a little of the real crime case involving Meredith Kercher, so if you are familiar with that case then you will probably see some vague similarities.

I like the writing style and the inclusions of interviews with characters, transcripts and social media comments from various characters as it added an immersive element to the book. I got through the book in less than two days as it is an interesting and page turning read so I think it would be a great holiday or summer read. I did like a couple of the characters, especially Dr Weeks and Anna but eveytone else was annoying on some level and the way the lawyer, Jill's parents and others were to Jill was just so incredibly frustrating but I think it was written to be make you feel frustrated like Jill was rather than because of poor writing. I did have an issue with the ending which I think was a little rushed and wrapped up quite conveniently but it did leave questions unanswered. In summary, even though I did have issues with the book, I still think it's worth picking up as it's an interesting and entertaining book that kept me turning the pages to find out what happens. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3.5/5.

Have you read this book? What have you been reading recently? 


  1. I really hate disappointing endings but then I always have way too high expectations haha, I need a new read though for Summer so I will still give this a go I think! xxx


  2. Wah! I hate when the ending of a book appears rushed. So disappointing :( I still think I'll add this to my 'to read' list though as it does sound interesting X


  3. It's a shame that the ending felt rushed because it sounds like it had the makings of a good story!
    Summer xx

  4. So wow. Amazing.
    You have gorgeous blog.

  5. I find whenever an ending feels rushed, it takes away from the entire storyline in general :/
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  6. I hate when the ending ruins it a little, I always feel a little disheartened! It does sound like a good book though! xx

    Tamz |


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