REVIEW: With Malice by Eileen Cook

I rarely write reviews of low-rated books, but to be honest, that’s because I’m usually quite good at picking up books that I’m really interested in so rate highly. The premise of this book sounded so clever, but I was actually really disappointed and frustrated.

This book claims to be ‘a chilling psychological thriller’ and yet I’m sat here thinking about how it didn’t have much of an impact on me at all. I went in expecting mystery and excitement and even some awful things to happen but I just feel very dissatisfied. It’s not to say the book was absolutely awful – I liked the way the chapters alternated between pieces of evidence and the current timeline of Jill’s life, and also some of the plot twists were unexpected. But for the majority of my reading experience, I was just reading a slow-paced book where not a whole lot happened, almost all of the characters annoyed me, the majority of ‘big reveals’ were quite predictable and the ending was such a waste. There was so much potential for a mind blowing conclusion. Instead, I feel deflated and annoyed that what could have been an incredible mystery, was written with such a mediocre ending.

Spoilers below:
I would’ve much preferred a dramatic reveal of what actually happened leading up to the accident, not a dream which may or may not have been Jill’s imagination trying to fill in blanks. Did she mean to kill Simone? Did she even kill Simone? We’ll never know, and that might just kill me.

Author: Eileen Cook
Title: With Malice
Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary
Published: June 2016

Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆


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