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Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Our Kind of Cruelty

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by Araminta Hall

Quick take

The creepy, chilling Gillian Flynn-approved tale of a twisted sex game and what happens when obsession goes too far.

Good to know

  • Heavy read

  • Unreliable narrator

  • Creepy

  • Legal thriller


  • Narrator is extremely unlikable
  • Plot is mainly character-driven
  • Strong themes of sexual manipulation and depravity

Why I love it

You may have noticed this about BOTM, but thrillers are kind of our thing. We’re suckers for amateur sleuths, diabolical killers, women in windows, on boats, on trains. And what really makes us shiver with delight is when a villain is hiding in plain sight. Like when a narrator—a charming, successful, harmless businessman—seems reliable until suddenly, he’s not. Mike and Verity like t...


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 tog...

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  • 19% Dislike
    April 2018