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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.

©2016 Eileen Cook (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Reality vs Fiction

4.5 stars for "With Malice"

I really enjoyed this book, it had me guessing and trying to figure out what really happened the entire time. The reason for the 1/2 star is for a reason I won't share since it contains spoilers.

I had a few favorite parts from this book.

1. Toxic friendships. People grow apart when their lives go different directions and friendships in high school are interesting. When you are there you think how can you ever live life without the friends you have in that moment?

2. Jill's character. It was interesting to see her struggle with what was reality vs images she made up based on information she had heard. The brain is a complex thing and Cook does a phenomenal job of showing how it works.

3. The ending. The last quote was icing on the cake!

Really good fast read!

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Very well written

This book comes together as an intricate patchwork of interviews, emails, present life, memories and dreams. And it is so well put together and so interesting that the reader can’t wait to know more.

Even after hearing the final chapter, I’m still left wanting more.

Excellent writing and the narration was awesome!

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND

This was an amazing book. If you're interested in mystery books then this is the perfect one for you.

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Didn't live up to the hype

This book was listed as a mystery thriller and yeah it was a mystery but not so much a thriller. It's about two besties who get in a car accident abroad and one ends up dead. The other is suspected of murder but has no memory of the events leading up to or right after the accident. The story itself was pretty good and moved along at a steady pace. By the middle I had a good idea of the girls friendship dynamic and had basically figured out the gist of what had happened. I'm a fan of books that involve memory loss and piecing the past together but the overall plot in this wasn't as exciting as I had expected. Maybe it's because the book was pretty hyped up before I read it. Oh well. The main character Jill was kind of bland. I didn't connect with her. I found myself more just wanting to find out what happened than actually caring about the outcome for her. At least it was a quick listen.

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How to piece together the past

I enjoy unreliable narrator stories although they also annoy me. Part of me knows to question everything – and part of me wants to believe the best in the girl/woman. Jill is 18, so she straddles the line. She’s a senior in high school, but is also graduating in a few weeks. When she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the pas six weeks, she struggles to make sense of her life. Of what happened. Of how she’s going to cope with her new life.

I wanted to like Jill. I certainly understood the desire for perfection, and the need to win at any cost. I try not to be competitive like that, but little moments creep up on me. I also knew Jill wasn’t all she appeared to be. So I tried to hold her at arm’s length.

I didn’t see the ending coming – although maybe I should have. The signs were clearly in the book when I looked upon it retrospectively. I don’t read a lot of YA, so some of the maturity of the characters surprised me – I wasn’t so knowledgeable at eighteen, that’s for sure. More a sign that kids today live in a different world.

I want to mention the narrator, Whitney Dykhouse. I’m not a huge fan of high voices but this Ms. Dykhouse had the perfect voice for the story. I enjoyed this book and will be heading off to listen to more.

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Another Mystery With a Horrible Female Lead

I picked this up because of an intriguing mention on Twitter, despite having been frustrated and wholly disappointed with the last few popular thriller/mystery books I've read. Sadly, this one did not renew my faith in the genre. The obsession with unreliable, self-absorbed, "flawed but relatable" (but actually completely insufferable) female narrators in this genre is driving me round the bend. Jill, our supposed heroine, is whiny and self-pitying. Yes, she is suffering from memory loss and the loss of her best friend, so you expect her to be in a good deal of pain. But what comes across in her portrayal isn't pain so much as annoyance and self-victimization. We don't really get a very clear picture of who she was before the "accident (or not?...)" that begins the book, so it's hard to root for her. It takes ages for a clear picture of events to unfold, and I really couldn't care less what happened to Jill by the end of it. The "twist" at the end was promised to be interesting and new, but I found it gimmicky and completely predictable. It's going to take a lot for a thriller/mystery to win me back over...this might have been the last straw.

#unreliablenarrator #Italy #thriller #unreliablefemalenarrator #horriblefemalecharacters #torturedhero #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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A Good Story

Overall this was a good story with a good narrator. The twist was not mind blowing and there were a few slow parts through the middle but overall it was entertaining and enjoyable.

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Tiresome

Good luck suffering through all the teenage drama and endless snide remarks as you make your way to a less than satisfying ending.

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Ending does NOT deliver

Trust the other reviews here. The ending is terrible and makes the whole book feel like a waste of time. The reveals & twists are so lame you can see them coming a mile away. The book is slow and boring, it spends the entire time in one location - not in Italy, like I had expected. Huge disappointment honestly.

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Amazing

This book is a great book! The book leaves you interested and intrigued chapter after chapter!