Our Kind of Cruelty (Hardcover)

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So creepy and good! This intrigued me initially because Gillian Flynn has a great blurb on the cover but I was drawn in immediately once I started reading. Mike and Verity used to be a hot and heavy couple but time and infidelity broke them up, much to Mike's dismay. To put it mildly, he takes the breakup hard and continues to email Verity to let her know how much he still loves her despite her lack of interest.  Verity marries another and Mike takes that as a sign that she's still playing their old game, The Crave. Things take a violent turn and the former couple has to defend themselves against some shocking allegations. 

This hit home to me as a woman, as it really shows how women and men are treated differently in our justice system and how two people can have similar pasts yet be judged so vastly differently. Anyone with a jealous or abusive ex is going to be triggered and every female that reads this is going to feel a bit uncomfortable at the realities of being a woman in a man's world.

— From Andi


One of LitHub's Most Anticipated Thrillers of 2018

"A searing, chilling sliver of perfection . . . May well turn out to be the year's best thriller." --Charles Finch, The New York Times Book Review

"This is simply one of the nastiest and most disturbing thrillers I've read in years. I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line." --Gillian Flynn

"A perfect nightmare of a novel--as merciless a thriller as I've ever read. Astonishingly dark and sensationally accomplished." --A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

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.

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 e-mails 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 . . .

About the Author

Araminta Hall is the author of Everything and Nothing. She has an MA in creative writing and authorship from the University of Sussex, and teaches creative writing at New Writing South in Brighton, where she lives with her husband and three children. Our Kind of Cruelty is her first book published in the United States.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374228194
ISBN-10: 0374228191
Publisher: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 8th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English