Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Published by MCD on May 8, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
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…
I’ve been putting off writing this review because this book got under my skin and made me so uncomfortable! That being said, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall should make you uncomfortable and upset. At its core, it’s a sick and twisted story about one interpretation of what love really means.
Mike and Verity (V) were together for several years. They had a volatile relationship, especially their sex life, which involved a game called The Crave. When Mike’s high-profile job takes him to New York and away from V in London, they try the long distance thing for a while. However, it’s clear that they’re drifting apart.
When V breaks up with Mike, he’s devastated beyond imagination and can’t move on…until he receives word that V is marrying someone else. Then he realizes: this is all part of The Crave, the game that he and V play. And this will be their most intense, final Crave yet.
It’s tough for me to say anything else because I definitely don’t want to spoil the story. Suffice it to say that I had thought the plot was going in one direction, only to be surprised when it went in another direction.
Also, I had quite a strong reaction to the ending—again, trying to avoid spoilers! As emotional as it made me, I really think that the book is brilliant in its own way and I’m glad that I read it.
Rating: 5 stars