Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

Coming to a bookstore near you next week!

Thanks to MCD/FSG Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

OUR KIND OF CRUELTY – Araminta Hall (Releasing May 8th, 2018)

I will already say, I can see this being one that people are torn on!

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

When reading the synopsis and the blurb on the back of the book (from Gillian Flynn), I was instantly pulled into this book. When you see that the author of GONE GIRL is calling this one of the most disturbing reads, you just can’t not pick it up! OUR KIND OF CRUELTY is a great take on obsession and the stalker thriller genre. While it’s not as disturbing as I was anticipating, it was still an eerie and engrossing read.

Mike Hayes had a lonely and quiet life until he met Verity Metcalf. Mike had dedicated his life to becoming the man that V had always wanted and deserved. He just knows that they’ll live happily ever after together. Never mind that she isn’t returning his calls or emails, or that she claims to be marrying someone else. In his mind, it’s all apart of a game they play with each other. If he keeps an eye on her, observes her every move, then he’ll know when to come in and save her.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, once you dive into the book more and learn about their game, things get even more interesting. Araminta Hall knows how to write, and she did a fantastic job pulling me along in the story. I love a good unreliable narrator and never truly knowing which character to trust.

While this doesn’t bring anything terribly new to the stalker thriller genre, it definitely held its own and I can see fans of that subgenre really enjoying this. This is one I can also see people being split on in terms of how twisty and disturbing they find it. Seasoned vets in the thriller genre may not be as on their toes as other readers, but I think it’ll still be an enjoyable and unsettling ride! I can’t wait to see what Hall has in store for us next.

 

Check back on my Instagram later this week for a giveaway!

–Jess

 

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