Featured Review: With Malice (Eileen Cook)
About The Book:
A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend--only what if the accident wasn't an accident? 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 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but 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. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
**Review Contributed by Joanne Mumley, Staff Reviewer**
You Need to Read This!
I am telling everyone to grab this book, a giant glass of lemonade, a towel, and hit the beach and don't leave till you finish this book.
From the very first page you are thrust into the mind of Jill Charron. She finds herself in a hospital with no memory of the past months. She cannot remember going on a trip to Italy and can't even remember she was in a car accident. Jill finds herself in the midst of a media frenzy as the community and the press turn against to her mark her as a cold killer.
What I liked best: The entire book just works. For mystery/thriller fans and readers of Gone Girl or The Girl on a Train will love this one. What got to me was how real everything felt. Like other reviewers it reminded me of a the real life murder case of a college student accused of killing her roommate. Jill is a likable character and you really feel like you are getting into her mind.
Eileen Cook's writing style makes this thriller stand out. The narrative is told through Jill's perspective, but the reader also gets to read the Italian dectives' notes, comments from blog posts, and see how the media twists and turns facts to sway people's opinion. Cook weaves an entertaining mystery with important insights into how media can sway public opinion and how sometimes people are quick to join the majority to victimize or villainize those involved in an incident.
As the bits and pieces of the accident begin to unfold, the reader is thrown into a worldwide of twists and turns. Truth is sometimes more than just the facts. Sometimes you have to dig deeper.
Highly recommended book. On my list for best books of the summer.