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Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall | Book Review

Our Kind of Cruelty is a fast-paced, creepy read that had me enthralled from the first page. The narrative follows a man named Mike, who has just returned home to London after working in New York for a couple of years. He fully plans on reuniting with his beautiful girlfriend Verity, but is thrown when he learns she is engaged to another man. After he gets over his initial shock, he realizes this is just part of their kinky game they play called The Crave… or is it?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with this novel, and liked the fact that Mike is an unreliable narrator. Hall’s writing kept me hooked, and the psychological themes were intriguing. I did have a couple of issues with Our Kind of Cruelty, though. I felt like the second half of the novel lost a lot of the tension and intrigue that the first half contained, and even though this book is a lot of fun and handles heavy topics well, I didn’t care for either Mike or Verity. I can’t see myself picking this book back up for a re-read, but I do recommend it if you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn or just love a good mystery.

*Trigger warnings for abuse, neglect of a child, and alcoholism.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

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