Book Review Of “Our Kind Of Cruelty” By Araminta Hall @mcdbooks @fsgbooks @FSGOriginals

This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is MURDER …


Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete.

But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart.

It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man.

You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.

Verity’s upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it’s for the highest stakes.

Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die … (From Goodreads)

Thank you to MCD/FSG Books #Partner for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This was my most anticipated May read, and I was so excited to finally be able to read it. I am torn on this one, it was an addictive read, and I kept waiting for this huge WTF moment. I was prepared to be shocked, and blown away. Sadly that moment didn’t come. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing, I just read a lot of thrillers, and it’s getting to the point that it’s going to take A LOT to surprise me anymore.I do believe this book is going to be pretty huge though.

Even with the negative I just stated, I did like this book, it’s broken down in parts, Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. Part three was my favorite, for me it felt like the best writing was within that section. Full disclosure here, I hate the name of the game they play “The Crave” it felt very immature, and every time it was stated in the book, I felt I was reading about 16 year olds, not Twenty-somethings. I wonder if I am the only one that felt that way? (speaking of the name of the “game”, not the actual “game”)

Now, lets point out what I did enjoy. Mike was a total creep, and so mentally unstable, just completely off his rocker. An unreliable character to the fullest. I appreciated his back story, it really explained how one’s past can affect their future, mold you into something else entirely. It’s harder to connect to Verity, because most of the focus on this book is on Mike. I love unreliable characters, they make reading so much fun, and they keep you on your toes. Not to mention, his childhood made my heart hurt, I had genuine sympathy for his character and what he experienced growing up.

Also, another huge aspect to this book that you don’t get in the synopsis is how we as a society allow things to be okay for a man, but if a woman were to do the same thing, she is thought less of, called derogatory names, harassed, looked down upon and overall very poorly judged.  It’s enough to make my blood boil sometimes thinking about. I love how the author brings attention to that topic. Women could learn a lesson from this book, that’s for sure. #Feminismrules

I would say that I liked this book a lot. Was it what I expected? No, but I still found it to be an addictive read, I liked the writing style, and I think the character development was fantastic. I loved to hate all of them.

This book is out May 8th, I have included Goodreads and Amazon links below.

We must work and bend the truth. Others might see differently, but my darling, our kind of cruelty is love by any other name.

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