Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

our kind of crueltyThis 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…


I loved the You series by Caroline Kepnes. There was something fascinating about the stalker/serial killer, Joe. As a reader, I got stuck in his twisted, dark yet interesting mind. Comparisons between this book and You is what caught my interest.

Mike lives in his own world. In his world, he and V are still madly in love and playing a game despite the fact that the couple broke up over a year ago and V is about to get married. Mike is the MC and the only narrator. Although his is a twisted world view, the author writes this book in a way that we don’t all have to buy his story. We know the truth which is different from Mike’s reality.

The story flows well. There are chapters that slowed down a bit. I felt like all we were being told is about Mike’s obsession. We knew he was obsessed but then what? The story’s mid-chapters started sounding like a monologue or the ranting of a lunatic. It reminded me of having to endure 3 hour lectures in Uni.   I wish there was more happening to keep things exciting. Luckily, the final chapters were faster and more interesting.

I loved the court room drama towards the end of the narrative. I couldn’t wait to find out how it would end. Although I had gotten to know the characters pretty well at this point, the court case really brought out their true characters especially Mike’s twisted thoughts.

This is a story about obsession, lies and manipulation but if you ask the MC, Mike, he will tell you that its one of the greatest love stories.

22 thoughts on “Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

    1. Thank you for the lovely wish,Inge ❤

      The courtroom scenes were intense.I hope you'll enjoy the You series as much as I did.There's even a TV show based on the books and it's so good.

  1. Hey Diana! How was the wedding? ♥️ Many best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together!

    I have this one here and it’s good to know about the middle parts. That was a great analogy, too, with the comparison to a long lecture. Wonderful review and because I loved YOU also, I know I need to read this!

    1. Hi Jennifer,the wedding was lovely.Everything I ever wished for and then some.It was wonderful to be sorrounded by so much love.Thank you ❤

      I hope you'll enjoy this one if you get the chance to read it.

  2. Hi Diana! I somehow missed your year end post and didn’t realize you were getting married! Hope you had a wonderful day and wishing you many years of happiness in your marriage💗 I loved YOU as well but the middle of this one makes me think it’s not for me. Great review!!

    1. Hey Renee,thank you so much.Yes,I got married on 2nd,it was a beautiful day,more than I had ever dreamed of.Thanks.

      Have you watched the TV Show,You?I thought it was brilliant.Give it a try if you haven’t.

  3. Congrats on the wedding! And this book it looks so good I had no idea what it was about and now that I do I want to read it ASAP!💕💕

  4. Fantastic review! I’m not sure if the You comparison is a positive one for me (unpopular opinion here!), but this does sound fascinating. The court drama scenes sound great!

      1. If I remember right it was between the writing style and the adult scenes that made me DNF You early in the book… I’m still sad about it since so many seem to love it and I do love my serial killer elements in stories.

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