Our Kind of Cruelty

Our Kind of Cruelty

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...

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Title:Our Kind of Cruelty
Author:Araminta Hall
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Our Kind of Cruelty Reviews

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book!

    Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes.

    Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to

    What is crave, you ask? Well, in order to avoid spoiling the party, I’ll just say it’s an adult game played that somehow proves their love and desire for one another.

    When their relationship eventually fractures, one partner m

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    You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book!

    Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes.

    Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to

    What is crave, you ask? Well, in order to avoid spoiling the party, I’ll just say it’s an adult game played that somehow proves their love and desire for one another.

    When their relationship eventually fractures, one partner moves on. But the other is not so quick to give up their little game of

    One of the darkest, most up-ending thrillers I’ve ever read. Can you call it a love story? Personally, I would call it an insatiable, psychotic obsession.

    Told from his POV, I was glued to the pages wondering just how far he would go to have and hold the love of his life. And what is V’s role in this on-going love affair? Very good question.

    This thriller is not for everyone but I just loved it! From the moment I saw this book I knew I had to read it, knowing it would work its way to the top of my favorites list!

    If you are into

    ...don’t miss this one!

    A thrilling and chilling read with Susanne!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Araminta Hall for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a disturbing "love" story gone bad...

    Mike Hays had a rough start in life and wound up in foster care. Even he will admit that his permanent foster parents were loving and caring, but maybe not quite so loving and caring as, Verity Metcalf. Verity and Mike entered a romantic relationship where they enjoyed playing games of a sexual nature called "the Crave". Everything seemed fine. Mike loved Verity more than anything. H

    3.5 stars

    Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a disturbing "love" story gone bad...

    Mike Hays had a rough start in life and wound up in foster care. Even he will admit that his permanent foster parents were loving and caring, but maybe not quite so loving and caring as, Verity Metcalf. Verity and Mike entered a romantic relationship where they enjoyed playing games of a sexual nature called "the Crave". Everything seemed fine. Mike loved Verity more than anything. He was willing to do anything to make her happy. He sculpted his body, he bought the perfect home, he wanted the perfect career. He was the "perfect" man for her. After all they have the perfect twisted and toxic relationship disguised as love.

    Then their relationship ended. Mike was distraught. He was willing to do whatever it took to get Verity back. Verity cut him off completely and Mike believes he just needs to watch, he needs to be patient, she has always given him the "sign" in the past, she will give him the sign again, right? All he needs to do is hang in there and wait, watch and stalk.

    "I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.”

    One day, Mike receives an invitation to Verity's wedding. He agrees to go. This must be where the "sign" is going to be given...It must be.... Is she seriously going to marry this other man? This is certainly another "crave" where Mike must step in and save the day!

    Obsession, manipulation, a mind unraveling all the set the stage for this book. There is a lot of psychological drama in this book and I times I wondered "is everything as it seems" and "what is the big reveal going to be" I also wondered how reliable Mike was, as he wasn’t the most stable character. That paired with the fact that I just had no empathy for Verity. Maybe because the reader doesn't get too much information on what is going on in her mind. What was her motivation. I would have given more stars had I known more about what made her tick.

    This book did not have me on the edge of my seat, but it was compelling as I wanted to know what Mike would do next and to see if a "sign" would ever be given. This is more of a psychological character driven story focusing on obsession. My favorite part of the book was the court room scenes. Hearing all the testimony. I think this book will have people talking. This is a book where you know that something isn't right here. Is the main character completely wrong, is he being toyed with, is he mentally ill, is that all part of "the crave", etc.

    Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • karen

    my review is up over at LA review of books!

    finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list.

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    i will be reviewing this for l.a. review of books and i am very excited to dive into it!!

  • Liz

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she’s getting married to someone else isn’t enough to alter his plans.

    Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he’s gone off the rails. The story works so well for being told solely from Mike’s perspective. No matter what V does or says, he twists it to fit his version of reality. It’s delightfully scary.

    I had trouble believing several of V

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she’s getting married to someone else isn’t enough to alter his plans.

    Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he’s gone off the rails. The story works so well for being told solely from Mike’s perspective. No matter what V does or says, he twists it to fit his version of reality. It’s delightfully scary.

    I had trouble believing several of V’s actions, however, including the wedding invitation. Given the way V and Mike separated, I just couldn’t see her wanting him there. I can’t believe she really thought they’d ever be friends. Maybe it just goes to show Mike wasn’t the only one seeing things through a distorted lens.

    And then we get to the third part and there’s a wild twist. I really didn’t see it coming. It really pumped up the story a notch by adding a layer about how society views sexually active women.

    I recommend this to anyone who likes dark psychological thrillers. It’s a quick, sick read.

    My thanks to netgalley and Farrah, Strauss and Giroux for an advance copy of this novel.

  • Melisa

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from

    , and Paul Strom from

    . If you’re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed individual, pick this one up.

    The author has taken

    (quote from the Acknowledgements) and developed it into a sto

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from

    , and Paul Strom from

    . If you’re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you’ll be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed individual, pick this one up.

    The author has taken

    (quote from the Acknowledgements) and developed it into a story that could really truly be any woman’s nightmare come to fruition. It also absolutely exemplifies the double standards in our world which are still in existence to this day.

    This is yet another novel that I had to keep putting it down which is my gauge these days - if it’s making me uncomfortable I know the writing is strong, and this one pushed me to the brink of comfort. A truly in depth, disturbing look into the life of a highly traumatized individual.

    Thank you to Netgalley, Araminta Hall and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kendall

    "I crave you"

    "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends....

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, obsession, stalking, jealously, greed, and rage. It can't get more juicy then that!

    I can definitely see this being a top thriller for 2018. I think this would be a fabulous group read or with a book club.

    Mike is mady in l

    "I crave you"

    "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends....

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, obsession, stalking, jealously, greed, and rage. It can't get more juicy then that!

    I can definitely see this being a top thriller for 2018. I think this would be a fabulous group read or with a book club.

    Mike is mady in love with Verity. Verity also used to love Mike but she broke up with him after a bit of infidelity on Mike's part. Mike never truly moved on from Verity but on the other hand Verity announces that she is getting married. Mike seems to be fine with it and is thinking Verity is making Mike pay for his mistake. Mike believes it's all part of a sex game that they used to play together called "The Crave."

    So.. I know what you're thinking what could possibly go wrong here? Oh... my friends love triangles never can last......

    I am on the outlier coulee island again on this one.... with my average rating. Don't get me wrong this was entertaining BUT it could have been better. I was loosing interest in part 2 of the novel where we constantly kept hearing about Mike's obsession with Verity. I think we could have cut some of this out.

    I feel like Araminta left her readers hanging a little bit with the end of the story. I think I would have enjoyed this more if we were able to see Verity's perspective. The entire novel was based off of Mike's character.

    I am impressed with Araminta nonetheless and look forward to seeing what she comes out with next.

    3.5 obsessive stars!

    Thank you so much to Netgalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the arc.

    Publication date: 5/8/18

    Published to GR: 4/22/18

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compatible with stories told from the male stalker POV as the majority of thriller readers are. If you enjoyed novels such as 

     by Caroline Kepnes and 

     by Kaira Rouda, I think you'll really take to this o

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compatible with stories told from the male stalker POV as the majority of thriller readers are. If you enjoyed novels such as 

     by Caroline Kepnes and 

     by Kaira Rouda, I think you'll really take to this one and fully lose yourself in all of it's gritty, dark glory.

    I don't want to get into plot specifics, because this is the type of book where getting spoiled on the ending will ruin the entire read for you, as it all hinges on you being surprised along the way. However, I think discussing in the abstract, it's quite easy to divide this slim book into two sections-part one and part two. Part one is actually the least exciting, and in some ways I guess that's good, because it caused me to give this a higher rating that I would have the other way around. Part one mostly focuses on our boy Mike's inner monologue, which means very little dialogue and heavy portions of slow thought processes. In the beginning it helped set the stage for amazing suspense, but after about twenty pages of this I found myself losing engagement, checking my phone, and staring off or daydreaming a time or two.

    That said, it turns out all that inner monologue is quite important and vital to part two. Once we arrive here, the story takes off at breakneck speed and I couldn't put it down. The courtroom scenes were especially scintillating and, while I did initially guess how it would end, I found I was doubting myself at times, which shows how manipulative the author is with her writing. 

    Overall, I wasn't blown away, as it's very similar to a number of books I've read before and fairly predictable, but it sure was a fun read regardless. I always enjoy a good book about mentally unstable people and what makes them the way that they are, and this was definitely just that. Readers of mainstream psychological thrillers and current events will thoroughly enjoy Mike's love story and the implications that a few wrong choices can spur into action. Araminta Hall has proven she can write a compulsive story full of gasps and awes, and I sincerely am looking forward to what she brings next to the table.

  • Emily May

    I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, possibly disturbing, psychological thriller in the vein of Kepnes'

    , but it just never felt like that kind of story at all.

    is

    . In fact, it's fairly tame for the

    I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, possibly disturbing, psychological thriller in the vein of Kepnes'

    , but it just never felt like that kind of story at all.

    is

    . In fact, it's fairly tame for the most part. And it feels like two very different books in one.

    The first two thirds (approx) feature an introspective examination of a not entirely unsympathetic character called Mike. I don't want to in any way condone his actions (stalking, fabricating a fictional relationship to himself and others), but it seemed clear to me that he was mentally ill and deeply confused about the nature of his relationship with Verity, which was tied in with issues he had from an early childhood living with his alcoholic mother and abusive father.

    This part is interesting for a while but it does get tedious as we are taken through

    - Mike attempts to contact V, V assures him she is happy in her new relationship, Mike decides she must still be playing the Crave. Which, by the way, is a game the couple used to play to turn them on. V would stand alone by a bar and wait for a man to flirt with her, then the muscular Mike would approach and possessively drive the man away with something like "why are you talking to my girlfriend?"

    The second part in the final third turns into

    (this is not a spoiler; we are told in chapter one that Mike is writing a statement for the barrister). And I have to confess-- I do love me some courtroom battles. I think that's the main reason I enjoyed

    .

    But I think, overall, this book was just kind of average. Everything positive I have to say about it feels followed by a "but...". Some interesting characterization in the first part, but it grew boring after a while. A tense courtroom drama, but nothing to separate it from all the rest. I also feel like this particular story would have benefited from more ambiguity.

    Maybe not bad for a mindless beach read, but it is unlikely I will remember this book for very long.

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  • Meredith

    Mike and V. (Verity) didn’t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game called Crave which basically goes like this: Mike and V. go to a bar. V. gets hit on, Mike watches from a distance and eventually runs interference, then they have passionate sex.

    When they break up, Mike’s obsession with V. grows

    Mike and V. (Verity) didn’t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game called Crave which basically goes like this: Mike and V. go to a bar. V. gets hit on, Mike watches from a distance and eventually runs interference, then they have passionate sex.

    When they break up, Mike’s obsession with V. grows to the point where he struggles to differentiate between reality and fantasy, leading to disastrous results. He writes a detailed manuscript of his relationship with V and his plan to win her back.

    Unfortunately, I was never able to fully get lost in Mike’s narrative. I was drawn in the beginning, but I found things grew redundant and boring. Nothing really happens except for this:

    I love a good story about a sociopath, but this one fell short for me. While there were some interesting moments, this was another book in which the narrative had too much telling and not enough time spent allowing the reader to see what was happening. I was ready to give up on this, but kept on reading to see if anything would ever happen. I did find the end to be somewhat interesting, but overall I found this to be an underwhelming and frustrating read.

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