Our Kind Of Cruelty – Araminta Hall Review

Our Kind of CrueltyThank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for providing me with this digital ARC. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

Mike met Verity when they were at university together and were together for 8 years. They had to part ways when Mike moved to New York for a job and Verity got a fantastic job in her field. Mike ahs recently moved back to London and bought a fantastic sounding house that he is currently getting ready for Verity. Mike then receives a wedding invitation for Verity’s wedding which he believes is just a bigger game of Crave; a game Verity and Mike used to play.

That’s all I want to say about this plot and this was an absolutely brilliant psychological thriller. This book was all told from Mike’s point of view which I really enjoyed. I’ve seen a few comments saying that it would have been good to hear from Verity’s point of view, but I actually liked that we only got to hear from Mike’s point of view. Only hearing about his side definitely made the story more compelling I think that having Verity’s side of the story would ruined the mystery of what was actually going on.

This was one of the best dysfunctional relationship thrillers I’ve read in a while and the backstory was fantastic and did well to back up the twistiness of the main plot. The twists themselves had me gasping out loud; there’s one particular one that was just fabulous, and I had to pause for a few minutes to get over the twist shock! It was so well done and paced into the plot in a great place. I had a hard time figuring out what was part of the crave and what was actually ‘real’ or not which was good as it kept you wondering and guessing the whole way through. I also enjoyed how this carried through to the court case part of the story as I didn’t know how the court case was going to go. I really liked Mike’s stream of consciousness all through the court case as we got to see his reasoning behind his testaments and it added to the theory of this all being a crave.

I would definitely recommend picking this up! It’s a fantastic dysfunctional relationship ‘thriller’ with great twists and a satisfactory ending. You can pick this up on Amazon UK in hardcover and kindle.

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