I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Length: 8 hours and 7 minutes
Genres: Psychological Thriller
on May 8, 2018
Narrator: Nick Hendrix, Eleanor Matsuura
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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 been returning his emails or phone calls.It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.
It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…
A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.
Here is what I thought
Our Kind of Cruelty is told in the POV of Mike a young man who is somewhat messed up in the head. He had a pretty messed up childhood before he met Verity and then she sort of molded him to her liking. They use to use a game to arouse themselves and they called it Crave. Verity would hit up on a man and then Mike would come over when she gave him the signal and he would get in the guys face and they would run off.
Mike went to America for a little while and while he was there he slipped and had sex with a lady and when he came back home he felt bad and told Verity. She told him she didn’t want to see him anymore and not long after that she tells Mike she is getting married. Mike thinks it’s just a game, that she is still playing Crave and that she is going to give him the signal any minute now, so he is always lurking around waiting for the signal. Shall we say stalker.
Can’t say a lot without feeling like I might spoil it so I will stop there. I will admit there was a twist that happened that I wasn’t expecting but then a part of me wondered if Vertiy had this in mind going in. After the twist I kept waiting for something else to happen, some things do but in the end I really felt that the ending was anticlimactic and left me with some questions. It’s a dark, disturbing read because you are in this man’s mind and he is very messed up and thought it was interesting it could be somewhat repetitive and boring.
Would I recommend it? Not really, but then it might just depend on your reading taste. I am sort of hit or miss with psychological thrillers but it was a fast listen.
This was my first time with Nick Hendrix and Eleanor Matsuura. I really enjoyed Nick and thought he did a great job with Mike. Eleanor was not used all the time which I thought was a bummer and not sure even why they used her at all. She read the letters that Verity wrote, but I thought she might actually do Verity’s parts and that was what I was hoping with a narrative pair.
Audio rating: 3.5