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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

This certainly lived up to its description of ‘spellbinding and darkly twisted'. Hall’s psychological thriller is a chilling one with this story of psychopathic obsession.

Despite Mike Hayes’ disadvantaged childhood, ending up in foster care, he goes to university and subsequently gets himself a very good job. And the icing on the cake is a girlfriend he adores, one he met at university. And she is The One, without doubt. They know each other, breathe each other, feel each other, are totally dedicated to each other. She can do no wrong. Why, then, is she going to marry another man after those beautiful years together? She’s testing him, isn’t she? Of course she is. Fine, he’ll play the game.

This is certainly a very compelling novel, but it throws up more questions than answers. I had an opinion about how I wanted it to end, how I thought it should end, and right to the very last few pages, I was convinced it would. However, I was disappointed. I was slightly confused and felt there were loose threads. Whether or not this was to pave the way for a sequel, remains to be seen. That said, Mike is the sort of character you love or hate, and your feelings for him determine which way you want this to end.

And that, makes for a very interesting read.

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