I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley for review purposes
Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast. She was told there was an fatal car accident on her school trip to Italy. The problem is that Jill doesn’t remember that trip – she has lost 6 weeks of memory. She was flown back to America to receive care… and a lawyer. Because it turns out that the accident may not have been an accident. However, with her memory gone, Jill doesn’t really know what happened.
I didn’t really have With Malice on my radar until recently, and I started hearing some chatter about it and decided to give it a go. And I actually really enjoyed this. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but With Malice definitely had a Dangerous Girls vibe to it, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. However, With Malice probably isn’t as good as Dangerous Girls, and there are also differences between the two so I wouldn’t compare the two books too much – especially as Dangerous Girls has a larger focus on the obsessive teen relationships aspect, where as With Malice largely focused on truth and memory.
One main aspect of With Malice I liked was that of ‘truth’ and ‘memory’. With Malice shows that there is a complex relationship between truth and memory. Jill can’t remember the last six weeks of her life, or the accident. But when she starts to remember, how does she know what she is seeing is true and not false memories she’s conjured up to either defend herself or to fit other people’s stories of the event? The added aspect of social media and how the ‘truth’ can get twisted and used for people’s own purposes and agenda’s added to my interest, and made this a really quick and engaging read.
This is a very plot-driven novel, but I felt like the characters were very fleshed out, as was the relationships. Overall, a really good psychological thriller that really does keep you turning the pages. Definitely recommend.