Our Kind of Cruelty

Our Kind of Cruelty

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 This is a love story. Mike?s love story. Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a q...

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Title:Our Kind of Cruelty
Author:Araminta Hall
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:Our Kind of Cruelty
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Our Kind of Cruelty Reviews

  • karen
    Mar 03, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

  • Elyse
    Jun 13, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Feb 05, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    May 08, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

  • Theresa Alan
    May 04, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

  • Liz
    Apr 27, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

  • Bernadette
    May 06, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

  • Susanne Strong
    Jun 03, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

  • Emily May
    Jan 16, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

  • Debra
    Jan 31, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

  • Linda
    May 24, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Jan 25, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

  • Fran
    Jun 29, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

    No no no. I wanted this book to end differently. I still have questions about who did what and who lied and who is right. Mike and Verity play a game. A sexual game, but once Mike breaks the rules is it over for good or is Verity going to use the game to make him pay? The endin...

    I think this is going to be a VERY popular book in 2018! I have tried writing this review 3 times and I keep deleting it because I'm afraid to give away anything about this book. I'll just say it's a very twisted love story and leave it at that. This was such a compelling read ...

    This is a psychological thriller by author Araminta Hall that is also a love story. Mike Hays had it all, good job, money and the woman of his dreams but he threw it all away when he had a one night stand. Now V the woman of his dreams is promised to another but Mike is not easily det...

    "Everyone out there. All craving something". So it was with Mike Hayes and Verity "V" Walton. "V and I were never meant to be apart..." Sitting in a jail cell, Mike as narrator explains how "craving V" has signaled his demise. It is a story of mad, crazy, obsessive love. Mike and V...

  • Zoeytron
    Jun 15, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Jun 17, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

  • Gary
    May 02, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

    No no no. I wanted this book to end differently. I still have questions about who did what and who lied and who is right. Mike and Verity play a game. A sexual game, but once Mike breaks the rules is it over for good or is Verity going to use the game to make him pay? The endin...

    I think this is going to be a VERY popular book in 2018! I have tried writing this review 3 times and I keep deleting it because I'm afraid to give away anything about this book. I'll just say it's a very twisted love story and leave it at that. This was such a compelling read ...

    This is a psychological thriller by author Araminta Hall that is also a love story. Mike Hays had it all, good job, money and the woman of his dreams but he threw it all away when he had a one night stand. Now V the woman of his dreams is promised to another but Mike is not easily det...

  • Jan
    Feb 23, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Oct 17, 2017

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

  • Jilly
    Jul 10, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

  • Mandy
    Apr 23, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

    No no no. I wanted this book to end differently. I still have questions about who did what and who lied and who is right. Mike and Verity play a game. A sexual game, but once Mike breaks the rules is it over for good or is Verity going to use the game to make him pay? The endin...

  • Meredith
    Jul 02, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

  • Carrie
    Apr 19, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

  • Kendall
    Apr 21, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

  • Louise Wilson
    Apr 28, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

    No no no. I wanted this book to end differently. I still have questions about who did what and who lied and who is right. Mike and Verity play a game. A sexual game, but once Mike breaks the rules is it over for good or is Verity going to use the game to make him pay? The endin...

    I think this is going to be a VERY popular book in 2018! I have tried writing this review 3 times and I keep deleting it because I'm afraid to give away anything about this book. I'll just say it's a very twisted love story and leave it at that. This was such a compelling read ...

    This is a psychological thriller by author Araminta Hall that is also a love story. Mike Hays had it all, good job, money and the woman of his dreams but he threw it all away when he had a one night stand. Now V the woman of his dreams is promised to another but Mike is not easily det...

    "Everyone out there. All craving something". So it was with Mike Hayes and Verity "V" Walton. "V and I were never meant to be apart..." Sitting in a jail cell, Mike as narrator explains how "craving V" has signaled his demise. It is a story of mad, crazy, obsessive love. Mike and V...

    This is a love story. Mike's love story. Mike Hayes has fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet if lonley life, before he met Verity Metcalf. Verity taught him about love, and in return, Mike dedicated his life to making her happy. Mike and Verity are in a relation...

  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    Apr 27, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Mar 12, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

  • Katie B
    Jul 02, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

  • Tammy
    Feb 03, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

  • Michelle
    Jan 17, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...

    4.5 Creepy Star for Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The novel tells the story of Mike and Verity, also known as just ?V.? The couple have been dating since they met at university and play a sex game that seems harmless enough, though cruel, and they do discuss more harmful wa...

    His name is Mike.  Her name is Verity.  What is the real truth here?  For one thing, he will never stop loving her.  Nevermind that she is engaged to be married.  Forget the fact that she has made it plain over and over again that things between her and Mike are over.  With each ...

    Absolutely compelling from first word to last. Read in one sitting I feel like I didn't even blink although obviously I must have done. Clever. So so so clever. I can't even begin to unravel the layers of clever in Our Kind Of Cruelty. Putting the actual psychology FIRMLY back into the...

    No no no. I wanted this book to end differently. I still have questions about who did what and who lied and who is right. Mike and Verity play a game. A sexual game, but once Mike breaks the rules is it over for good or is Verity going to use the game to make him pay? The endin...

    I think this is going to be a VERY popular book in 2018! I have tried writing this review 3 times and I keep deleting it because I'm afraid to give away anything about this book. I'll just say it's a very twisted love story and leave it at that. This was such a compelling read ...

  • Dennis
    Mar 14, 2018

    This was a fun read, and I can easily see it being one of the most buzz worthy novels of 2018. I'm clearly in the minority with my middle of the road rating, but please don't let that cause you to pass this one by. If anything, I think this novel helped me realize that I'm not as compa...

    Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that. I'm not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. It was a little jarring to discover that it was nothing like I expected it to be. The title and blurb made me think this was going to be a really dark, pos...

    3.5 stars Love, Obsession, jealousy, rage, sex, lies - the perfect storm for a 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...

    ?Warning: You will be sleeping with the lights on after reading this book! Welcome to the dark, obsessive mind of Michael Hayes. Mike and Verity (known as V) had an intense relationship, to put it mildly! Their favorite past-time? Frequenting the local bar scene to ?Crave?. ...

    ?Everything is a game, V used to tell me; only stupid people forget that.? Well, my friends, I couldn?t wait for this game to end! Mike and V. (Verity) didn?t have a conventional relationship. They were obsessed with one another and showed their love by playing a game...

    my review is up over at LA review of books! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/l... finished! review will run on the LARB site closer to pub date, but i think this book is going to do all right - if you have a badass book club, you might want to put it on the list. *****...

    Wow! This is a very dark, twisted novel about obsession. Mike loves V and is crafting the perfect life for them. The fact that she?s getting married to someone else isn?t enough to alter his plans. Like Dr. Frankenstein, V has created Mike, but just like the monster, he?s gon...

    This is a brilliantly done character study on par with Joe Goldberg from You, and Paul Strom from Best Day Ever. If you?re expecting a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller you?ll be disappointed, but if you?re looking for a highly developed, character driven story of a disturbed indi...

    "I crave you" "We know what love is: the kindest and the cruelest emotion." Ain't that the truth my friends.... Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is one heck of a ride. I felt like I was watching my favorite channel ID.... I'd Kill for you. This is a whole mess of lies, sex, o...

    This is a well-written novel about an obsessed man who is incapable of correctly interpreting social cues and a woman whose niceness and sexuality are used against her. Mike had a rough youth with an alcoholic mother who couldn?t take care of herself, let alone a child or a house...

    3.5 stars annnndd I love reading about the crazies. Mike knows that Verity still loves and wants him. So what if she is marrying some other guy? He knows the signs she sends to him and what she really means when she rejects him. He must do something grand to get her back. A...

    4 Stars. Creepy and Freaky and Crazy Intense. ?I Crave You.? It?s a game that Mike and Verity used to play while they were dating. They?d go to a bar, pretend that they weren?t together, and Mike would watch while another man hit on Verity and then he would pounce. Bot...

    So once again I spent a few days living inside the mind of the deranged. I?m beginning to wonder what that says about me. Clearly, I?m not a clinical psychologist but my armchair diagnosis of the main character is narcissism combined with obsessive-compulsive disorder. My understan...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ RELEASE DATE 5/8/18! If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. 4.5 Stars ?I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind.? W...

    "She doesn't know how easy it is to leave scars, how sometimes just a tiny brown oval will remain, but whenever you look at it you know why it's there." And this one may scar you as well. It's not a dance for everyone. Heavy on the sex, control, obsession, cruelty, and no rock 'n ro...

    This is an excellent psychological thriller. It has been a while since a read a book that left me reeling. Mike and Verity met in college and were together for eight years. A few months after the relationship ended Mike received an invitation to Verity's wedding. He had been living...

    This is a tough book to rate and review. I really did not care for the first two parts of the book. I thought at first maybe it was the subject matter that was too disturbing which made for uncomfortable reading, but after thinking about this for the past couple of days I honestly thin...

    Audiobook... read by Nick Hendrix...and Eleanor Matsuura ?I crave you?......( ha).... Definition of *crave*: .....desire, want, wish for, hunger for, thirst for, lust after, beg for .... BUT NOT.... ?Love?.... I enjoyed this twisty Audiobook. The Audio-narrators - esp...

    I don't know if this will be for everyone, (main narrative is not very likeable) but I loved the crazy delusion! Mike loves Verity. Verity used to love Mike, but she broke up with him after an indiscretion that Mike admits to. Mike apologizes and knows that all will be forgiven, as ...

    Sometimes I like to read about total nut-jobs. It makes me feel slightly more sane. Mike's the kinda guy who looks through newspapers to find hidden messages. Jeez, dude, I just asked where you want to go eat. So, when he gets an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding, he kn...

    Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall is a novel of psychological suspense that is much in the same category of YOU by Caroline Kepnes. This is the type of book that let?s readers see up close just why restraining orders were invented and give all the single ladies a reason to think t...

    Our Kind of Cruelty just didn't work out for me. Maybe I've been reading too many of the same regurgitated stories lately, but I am sorry to say that this will be an unpopular review. Our Kind of Cruelty takes place in London and parts of New York, where Mike Hayes tells us abou...