Our Kind of Cruelty

Our Kind of CrueltyOur Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Published by Cornerstone Digital on May 3rd 2018
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1473552648
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three-half-stars

Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies – the perfect storm for 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 or 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.

three-half-stars

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