Jill Charron wakes to a fuzzy head and no memory beyond celebrating the end of a school performance with her friends. When she finds she’s actually in the hospital with series injuries from a car accident she has no clue what happened. After learning she needs surgery on her leg Jill fears that her upcoming school trip to Italy will be cancelled only to learn that she’s already gone on the trip and her accident took place in Italy.
Jill’s parents are reluctant to tell her that her best friend Simone was in the car with her at the time of the accident and now Simone is dead and Jill is suspected of killing her. It comes to light that Jill had started a relationship in Italy and it came between the two girls and now the Italian police want to bring charges.
With Malice primarily all takes place with Jill in the hospital and going through rehab after her accident. Between the chapters there are updates on the investigation, interviews of those involved and social media coverage of what is being said in the media and from those that knew both girls.
For some strange reason this story completely sucked me in right from the start even though there is limited activity in the present situation of the story. I’d have to say congrats to the author for making what would seem like it might be a bit dull of story jump right out and grab this reader. There was an intensity to the entire read that was completely engaging just following along with Jill as she tried to piece together her life.
Jill was the honor roll amazing student on her way to an Ivy league school that somehow has her life falling apart before her eyes but no memory of whether she did or didn’t have any involvement. Jill started off feeling like she may be a bit cocky or unlikable but quickly proved to be someone you feel for as she struggles with remembering simple words after her injury.
If it weren’t for what felt like a bit of a rush to wrap up the story in the end this might have gotten five stars. The ending wasn’t amazing though after being hooked for the first 95% of the read so only four stars but I’d still definitely recommend checking this one out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.