Blog Tour: ‘With Malice’ by Eileen Cook Review and Q&A

Blog Tour: ‘With Malice’ by Eileen Cook Review and Q&A

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Blog Tour: ‘With Malice’ by Eileen Cook Review and Q&AWith Malice by Eileen Cook
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company on June 7th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

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 six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She 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.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

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Jill and Simone’s relationship is one to remember. At first, you’re thinking the end result couldn’t actually happen. But as you keep reading you’re torn apart thinking, “Well heck maybe I’m wrong? Am I wrong?” Ahhhh so frustration will definitely be on your plate when you pick this one up. It has a similar feel to DANGEROUS GIRLS. The point of view could have been better if we could see what actually did happen and not just from Jill’s point of view because we were in the dark for most of the book. I actually had no idea what this was about except the genre was a YA thriller and I just love these type of books. With Jill we get a better sense of who Simone really is and how she came to be. I thought the interviews between the secondary characters were interesting enough and it made me question whether or not to trust our narrator.


One thing I do have to say is that the cover was a bit misleading since most of the book is set in a hospital. With recaps and flashbacks of what actually happened in Italy. I was looking forward to them going around Italy and seeing all the sights and then the thriller would be revealed but that wasn’t the case.


I can’t say anything more about the book except that it was thrilling and I couldn’t believe how it ended. Maybe if the point of views could have been both the girls we would really understand what happened. Here’s another one to add to your collection that will have readers on the edge of their seat, With Malice by Eileen Cooks will have you guessing for the real truth!


q&a with Eileen Cook

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best part of being a writer is getting to sit around making stuff up all day (often while wearing yoga pants and in between searching the internet for cute puppy pictures.)

I really enjoy writing and the process of coming up with a story that I am excited to tell and then being able to share it. The characters become real people to me and I like seeing how they develop and change over the book.

The best part of being a published writer is hearing from readers who enjoyed your book. Writing is solitary, so when someone reaches out to you to say they liked what you wrote, it feels fantastic. The very best compliment you can give a writer is telling a friend about their book.

book quotes

I think not remembering is worse than anything that could have happened. (74)
Feelings aren’t wrong. They just are. (78)
It doesn’t matter what’s true—what matters is what people believe. (102)
How can someone convince you to believe something that’s not true? (128)
I don’t think caring about something is stupid. (130)
Why do we always blame the friend and not the guy? He’s the real loser. (178)
Because we expect guys to be dogs. We expect more from our friends. (226)
You can’t tell anything about a person when things are great. If you want to really know someone, be there when everything goes to hell. (244)
Women should support one another, not tear one another down. (296)

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  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    June 20, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    I absolutely love thrillers, so this sounds like it will be right up my alley. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • giselle

      June 22, 2016 at 12:09 AM

      Heck yes!! I love them too and will gobble them up. Hope you enjoy and thank you 🙂

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    June 18, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    I have an ARC of this one!! It just arrived as a surprise so I had nooooo idea what to expect. I’m glad it’s Dangerous-Girls-ish because I LOVED THAT BOOK SO SO MUCH! I mean, it terrified me….but that’s a good thing when it comes to thrillers right?!😂
    Oh I loved the author’s answer about writing! I totally relate to that. :’) Cute puppy pictures + yoga pants = the best way to work. And knowing people love your writing is INCREDIBLE and surreal!

    • giselle

      June 22, 2016 at 12:08 AM

      Heck yes!! I love thrillers too.. Even if they freak me out.

      Ahh so glad that you feel that being an author yourself! So much fun 🙂

  3. Tasya

    June 18, 2016 at 4:39 AM

    I’m really looking forward for this book, especially parts that will take me to Italy but I think it would dissapoint in that aspect 🙁 But I guess I would still have a good time reading this. Great review!
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    • giselle

      June 22, 2016 at 12:07 AM

      I wished there were more Italy parts to be honest!! Nonetheless a great twisty turny read, hope you like!

  4. Em @ Books & Cleverness

    June 10, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    I’m SO excited for this one. I was a little disappointed about how it’s not set more in Italy real-time, but it still sounds awesome! I and I love it when endings are shocking. I’m planning on getting to this one very soon! 🙂
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    • giselle

      June 16, 2016 at 10:03 AM

      It was so good.. I hope you like it too

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