Araminta Hall

book cover, two silhouettes, our kind of cruelty

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EXCERPT from Our Kind of Cruelty:

‘… what that means is that sometimes two people need each other so much it is worth sacrificing others to make sure they end up together.’ 

What is Our Kind of Cruelty about?

Verity and Mike are playing a game called The Crave, where they prove to each other how much in love they are, but when Mike takes a job in another country for a couple of years, it’s not clear whether Verity has outgrown the game, or if they are locked in the ultimate crave.  

It becomes a question of how far they will go to prove their feelings for each other, and soon someone is dead. 

Who is this book for?

This book reminded me of Caroline Kepnes ‘You’ with its dark account of obsessive love. I would recommend it to anyone who likes dark, psychological thrillers from the perspective of someone other than the police and other authorities.

My Views

I liked the book, and although it seems like some things were kept vague and questionable on purpose for the sake of the story, it feels like it could have been stronger with Verity’s perspective as well as Mike’s. I gave it four mugs because the story moves along at a steady pace, leaving you wanting to find out what is going to happen.