Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

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 be blissfully happy together.It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t ...

Details Our Kind of Cruelty

TitleOur Kind of Cruelty
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherMCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Our Kind of Cruelty

  • 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 You by Caroline Kepnes and Best Day Ever...
  • 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 se...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. After all this all has to be another game of "Crave" that they play. Verity after all does invite him to her wedding.My book buddy is probably going to say I readed this one sor...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/4.5 Stars “I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.” When I saw my friend Michelle’s review comparing this to one of my favorites, I went and requested it immediately. I spent the next 24 hours waiting with bated breath to see if I would be approved an early copy while simultaneously trying to lower my expectations. I mean, really, there can onl...
  • Tammy
    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I’m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I’m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understanding of narcissism is that it is not being in love with oneself but rather the need to have love and admiration reflected back by another. V and Mikey meet at colle...
  • karen
    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. ***********************************************i will be reviewing this for l.a. review of books and i am very excited to dive into it!!
  • Jan
    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion!Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as love like theirs is one in a million.When Verity announces she is to be married, Mike understands. Verity is just making him pay for his slip up. It's all part of the g...
  • Dennis
    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us about his love for Verity Metcalf. Verity and Mike were young loves—immature and impulsive, the dynamic duo played this controversial made-up game called Crave. Without gi...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the psychological thriller Araminta Hall has written a barnstormer of a novel that fully captured my imagination.This is a love story. No it really is. But what kind o...
  • Michelle
    I think this is going to be a VERY popular book in 2018! I have tried writing this review 3 times and I keep deleting it because I'm afraid to give away anything about this book. I'll just say it's a very twisted love story and leave it at that. This was such a compelling read that the pages practically flipped themselves. If you were a fan of You by Caroline Kepnes then I'm certain you'll enjoy this book. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing m...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall from NetGalley for my honest review. This is a very bizarre psychological thriller. Very gruesome, disturbing and sick. This one was a bit extreme for me. I struggled getting through it. I am sorry I just was not a fan of this one.
  • Donna
    This is one intense book. The first few pages had me thinking, “Nope. This isn’t for me.” When page one begins in a bar with a couple playing sex games and by page two the main characters are already using the F word and performing it, as well as other suggestive activities, it seems fair to imagine that might be the way the rest of the story’s going to go. Luckily, I kept reading, and by page three things had moved to a different, albeit...
  • Shannon
    Well well well! I’ve had my eye on Our Kind of Cruelty for months! My patience was tested because I have had this since December. It sat there... just looking at me.. wanting to be read. Obviously, I gave in and I’m so glad I did! So what’s it about? It’s a love story. Mike’s love story as the book description says. Mike and Verity had been together for 9 years. They loved to play a game called Crave. It was their special thing, no one ...
  • Jill
    These days, it seems that every psychological mystery is lavishly compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. But here is Gillian Flynn herself, blurbing this page-turning new book: “I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line.”Our Kind of Cruelty is a compulsively readable book that truly delivers. It’s not going to make literary history but it’s going to keep you up far beyond bedtime.Consider our unreliable narrator, Michael...
  • Jamie
    4.5 starsI have no words for this book. What a complete and utter "mindf***" for lack of a better word. I don't want to say much as I think it would be best to just read this book and form your own opinions. I went back and forth internally so many times on what I thought was happening here and it was such an interesting book to try to put in perspective. If you liked Joe Goldberg from You, then Mike Hayes is definitely a character you will want ...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    This is going to be one of those books you either love or hate and I just happened to LOVE it! Great writing, strong unlikeable character, and out of the box ending.
  • Laura Wilkinson
    A stunning exploration of obsessive love, which delves deep into the twisted heart of a secretive, sexually charged relationship and the aftermath of its breakdown. Quite simply one of the most compelling and psychologically complex thrillers I've read in a very long time - and its commentary on our current world is perceptive and terrifying in equal measure. I have no doubt this will be one of the most talked about psych thrillers of 2018. Breat...
  • Laura Rash
    At the beginning I thought this was a unique & cool story. But then it became so monotonous in its description of the intensity of their relationship that I wished it would just get to the point. Then when the point arrived it fell flat. I wanted to like it but I just didn’t quite get there.
  • Ginger
    I was expecting the twisty twist and my expectations always roooooon everything!Dear expectations,Ok, now that I have that out. On with the review.Don't let my opening comments deter you from this lovely adventure to crazy town.I will address the elephant in the room and say this did have a 'You' feeling about it, but it was too straight forward. Mikey is your standard, every day Looney Tunes.He is a character that you will want to pick up, dust ...
  • Melissa In The City 🥂
    Apologies for this review...no stars. None. I had to DNF this one. I was so excited to read this. However, I only made it 25% through and I was forcing myself to read it, just to read it. At 25% I had to pull the plug. I wasn’t drawn in. I didn’t care. I felt nothing, but pure annoyance.The psycho stalker main character was really just boring me. I love a good stalker book but this character was sad, pathetic, desperate, annoying, and not a v...
  • Tracy Fenton
    This is one of those books that is so dark and tense you almost want to read to with your eyes closed, which obviously isn’t possible. It’s also one of the few books I have felt slightly dirty after reading and needed a shower.If you follow my blog you will know I love an unreliable narrator, but, seriously, I have never read a book with someone who is so disturbed, affected and delusional as Mike.I’m not going to give anything away in my r...
  • Kate
    One of the most psychological of psychological thrillers I've read. Edited to add: This book most certainly made me think, and I realise it's a significant novel. As a result, I've revised my star rating.
  • Charles Finch
    4.5 stars, adored it. Possible review tk.
  • Christine
    Our Kind of Cruelty is the much talked about new book from Araminta Hall. In the tradition of psychological thrillers, we get into the mind of a rather disturbing individual.The story is an old one. One of love, gone wrong. Mike is from a troubled background. The author makes it very clear that he has come from neglect and poverty. He was then fostered by two caring people, at the age of ten. Mike progresses well educationally and ends up doing s...
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    3.8 Out Of 5 Stars for this dark, twisted AF love story...~My Thoughts~A compelling, provocative, and utterly disturbing story about obsessive love…with a decidedly English feel (this is coming from an American, though) to it. Being inside Mike's head is uncomfortable…I really despise stalkers, and he left me feeling positively icky. It is odd though, that he made me doubt, like seriously doubt, everything. In fact…I don't know if I truly u...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    Our Kind of Cruelty is a serious love story – or is it? Our Kind of Cruelty is a story of obsession - or is it one of manipulation by a strong character taking advantage of one who is severely damaged from childhood abuse. Is a narrator unreliable if he truly believes all he says? Our Kind of Cruelty is the ultimate psychological thriller which very cleverly hides until the very end the fact that the entire book is a statement which has great r...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    I was really into this book for the first half. I love delusional, unreliable male narrators. They’re fun to root against and roll my eyes at. Mike Hayes is one of them. He and his ex-girlfriend, Verity, have a secret sex game that they’ve always played, and Mike is convinced that Verity’s recent engagement to another man is just another level to the game. He’s ready to play along, convinced that it’ll lead to he and Verity getting back...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Araminta Hall in exchange for my honest review.***Mike and Verity (V) play a sexual fantasy game called The Crave. They scout for a victim in a bar, then she hits on him before Mike beats the stranger for kissing his girlfriend. The Crave escalates as a V wants more danger. Two years later, V is engaged to someone who’s not Mike, but he knows it’s all part ...