Eileen Cook was an author I had actually never heard of until her latest release, With Malice, started making it’s rounds in the blogosphere. At the time all of the buzz I found myself in a bit of a reading slump. What I need was a book that wasn’t too long, something that was fast-paced and engaging.
I followed my usual reading slump routine, that is browsing the internet in absolute despair in search of something that could hold my attention for more than 10 minutes. My search was futile. Nothing grabbed me. That was until, someone somewhere mentioned With Malice by Eileen Cook. The premise interested me. I figured it would be pretty fast-paced as most YA thrillers are.
It had promising reviews on Goodreads and so I bought the eBook immediately. And so on that stormy Monday evening, with several power cuts setting the mood, I settled down, snuggled up with a cup of tea and began to read.
I stayed up way too late reading and felt more than a little tired the following morning but eager to carry on with the book.
I have given With Malice a ★★★★★ star rating on Goodreads. Definitely recommend!
With Malice is a fast-paced YA thriller about two high school best friends about to start the next chapter in their lives. Jill wakes up in a hospital bed unable to remember the last six weeks of her life. Not even the trip of a lifetime to Italy she had planned. Not that her best friend Simone is dead and especially not that she is the one that is accused of killing her.
“One of the most primal survival instincts the brain has is finding pattern and assigning meaning”
With Malice was exactly what I was looking for at the time and got me out of my reading slump in the most enjoyable way possible. What I loved most about this book is the fact that you are taken on a journey with Jill, finding out the same time as her, exactly what happened six weeks ago in Italy.
The minute I finished reading With Malice I needed more of Eileen Cook’s books. I it most unusual for me to read the same author back to back, unless it’s Harry Potter of course! But I needed more, and I needed it now.
I have given Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood a ★★★★ star rating on Goodreads.
Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is a teen drama full of betrayal and revenge. When your best friend of 14 years ruins your life and you are forced to move town and schools, what do you do? You get your own back of course, you destroy everything they care about. And that is what Helen is going to do. But while taking everything that means anything to Lauren away, Helen soon learns that revenge isn’t always sweet.
“The truth isn’t important. What matters is what people think is the truth”
A coming of age story about friendship, identity, love and betrayal. Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is sure to keep you entertained.
I couldn’t be more excited for Eileen Cook’s new book The Hanging Girl coming to the UK on the 19th of October. Cant wait until then? Get your hands on With Malice and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood now!
Peace and pages