Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Review: With Malice

Publish June 9, 2016

Eileen Cook, author of Remember and The Almost Truth, delivers a suspenseful new thriller in With Malice, whichchallenges concepts of friendship and faith in the justice system. Waking up in an unfamiliar place, eighteen year-old Jill is disoriented and confused. Because of her amnesia, Jill has no memory of her school trip to Italy and the car accident that killed her best friend, Simone. Jill decides to untangle the threads of what she knows, what she has been told—and if she is capable of murder. Through a detailed exploration of the influence of the police investigation and the rumours circulating on social media about the contentious nature of the girls’ relationship, Cook contrasts the court of popular opinion with the law, showing how one can easily influence the other. As her injuries leave her vulnerable to suggested memories, when Jill starts to remember might have happened, the reader is asked to question what is truth and what is fiction. Rebuilding her sense of self in all areas of her life, Jill must decide what to believe and how this will shape her future. Her guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts, but also by Jill herself as she tries to piece together what really happened to Simone through everyone’s viewpoint but her own. With a shocking, yet well-developed conclusion, With Malice explores how we can know ourselves, even when we can’t trust our perceptions.

With Malice

Eileen Cook
HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN 13: 978-0-544-805-097