Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall: read this thriller!

Why should you read this book?

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall was a very pleasant surprise! I hadn’t heard of this book when I received it from the publisher! I would classify it as a psychological thriller and perfect for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes, recently adapted to a television series!

This book isn’t about love. This book is about how love can be twisted and how that word can be misused to justify horrible things. Mike and Verity are our main characters. After dating for several years, Verity decides to put an end in their relationship. Mike is possessive, obsessed, jealous, and delusional. But this isn’t Verity’s story. This is Mike’s story. We learn all the events from the male point of view.

Although this is a slow burner, I was obsessed with this book! I was sort of expecting what went down but I couldn’t stop reading it and thinking about it. Mike is scary and twisted and getting inside his mind, understanding how he saw things, was revolting. This book also portrays sexism and highlights the double standards that dominate our society.

I think one of the strengths of Our Kind of Cruelty is the fact that Mike manipulates the reader in a way that you start doubting yourself, doubting your judgment. This is how I felt in the end. You know nothing, Cátia.

I’d like to thank MCD Books for the free copy. You can buy it here.

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Summary

This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.

Taken from the publisher’s website.

Book Details:

Publisher: MCD Books (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
Published on: May 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Price: $26.00

4 stars

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