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  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460027
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

Our Kind of Cruelty

The most addictive psychological thriller you’ll read this year




Love, obsession and murder. A gripping psychological suspense from the point of view of a stalker.

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LOVE. OBSESSION.
DANGER.

‘Simply one of the most disturbing thrillers I’ve read in years. In short I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line’ – Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRL
Our Kind of Cruelty is:
‘Astonishingly dark.’
‘Chilling. Disturbing. Addictive.’
‘Gripping, unsettling, and brilliantly constructed.’
‘The year’s best thriller.’_________________________________
VERITY
Things were difficult with Mike by the end. He was too much, too controlling – sometimes, I was afraid of him. But I’ve moved on now. I’m getting married to the man of my dreams – he looks after me, but he doesn’t stifle me. Mike and the games we used to play – that’s all in the past now.

It’s time to move on.
Mike and I are finished.


MIKE
It was just a matter of time until she came back to me. After what I did, maybe she’s right to make me wait. But Verity knows how sorry I am. And the messages she sends me, the way she calls me, the way she acted last time I saw her – no-one acts like that if they’ve stopped caring.

She’ll be mine again.
No matter who stands in my way.
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'A propulsive and addictive study of the darkness of obsessive love. I was completely gripped from the first word to the last.' LISA JEWELL

'As merciless a thriller as I’ve ever read. Astonishingly dark and sensationally accomplished.’ AJ FINN, author of The Woman in the Window

A tense intelligent thriller that kept me gripped and guessing until the last page – and thinking long after that.ERIN KELLY

'A searing, chilling sliver of perfection...may well turn out to be the year's best thriller.' NEW YORK TIMES SUMMER READING ISSUE

'Readers of weary of domestic noir should pick up Our Kind of Cruelty, a splendidly written novel that gives the genre a shot in the arm … pacily written and hugely involving... I was gripped until the last pages.' DAILY EXPRESS

A taut, fascinating psychological thriller. Original and powerful. Be prepared for questions to linger in your head for a long time afterward.’ JULIA HEABERLIN

Toxic love, obsession, and the unflinching unravelling of a mind. Scarily plausible, a great read.’ ALI LAND

'Chilling. Disturbing. Addictive. I couldn't put this down.' EMMA FLINT

'Like watching a slow motion car-crash through splayed fingers' TAMMY COHEN

An addictive dive into dangerous, extreme obsession. A must-read’ JULIA CROUCH

'the orchestration of suspense is masterly' FINANCIAL TIMES

'disturbing and thrilling' DAILY MAIL

'This brilliant, thought-provoking thriller will keep you up at night' BEST MAGAZINE

'Darkly addictive, this is set to be one of the most talked-about thrillers of the year' HEAT MAGAZINE

'I devoured this gripping, unsettling, and brilliantly constructed thriller in one gulp' WOMAN AND HOME

  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787460027
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Araminta Hall

Araminta Hall has worked as a writer, journalist and teacher. Her first novel, Everything & Nothing, was published in 2011 and became a Richard & Judy read that year. Her second, Dot, was published in 2013. She teaches creative writing at New Writing South in Brighton, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her latest book, Our Kind of Cruelty, is a deeply unsettling thriller of a love story, in which a secret game between lovers has deadly consequences…

Praise for Our Kind of Cruelty

Simply one of the most disturbing thrillers I've read in years. In short, I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line.

Gillian Flynn

I tore through Our Kind of Cruelty - toxic love, obsession and the unflinching unravelling of a mind. Scarily plausible, a great read.

Ali Land

A propulsive and addictive study of the darkness of obsessive love. I was completely gripped from the first word to the last!

Lisa Jewell

A tense, intelligent thriller which kept me gripped and guessing until the last page, and thinking long after that.

Erin Kelly

An addictive dive into dangerous, extreme obsession. A must-read for 2018

Julia Crouch

Addictive and disturbing - like watching a slow motion car-crash through splayed fingers

Tammy Cohen

Chilling. Disturbing. Addictive. Couldn't put this down.

Emma Flint

A perfect nightmare of a novel — as merciless a thriller as I’ve ever read. Astonishingly dark and sensationally accomplished.

AJ Finn

One of the most unsettling books I have read in a while – but brilliant … Obsessive love has never been written so frighteningly in my book.

Woman's Way

Hall’s feat of realising Mike’s voice is brilliantly sustained … and the novel gains a strong second wind by latterly turning into a courtroom drama.

Sunday Times

A story of obsession and self-delusion, as well as the pain that intense passion can bring, it is disturbing and thrilling.

Daily Mail

Readers of weary of domestic noir should pick up Our Kind of Cruelty, a splendidly written novel that gives the genre a shot in the arm … pacily written and hugely involving .. I was gripped until the last pages.

Daily Express

A searing, chilling sliver of perfection . . . [Our Kind of Cruelty] may well turn out to be the year's best thriller.

The New York Times

In Araminta Hall’s skilled hands, her narrator, Mike Hayes, becomes quite addictive company … what makes Our Kind Of Cruelty so memorable is not its psychological portrait of a dysfunctional male, but the slow-burning thrills and chills... a highly enjoyable ride.

Daily Express

Darkly addictive, this is set to be one of the most talked-about thrillers of the year

Heat

This brilliant, thought-provoking thriller will keep you up at night

Best

A chilling, thought-provoking portrait of obsessive love and desire

What Cathy Read Next blog

If you liked The Girl on the Train and Apple Tree Yard you’ll love Our Kind of Cruelty…A gripping courtroom drama, with a surprising feminist message

Stylist

Compelling take on male derangement … a disturbing tale of obsession and sobering reminder of how women are judged on their desires.

Laura Wilson, The Guardian

A smart and fascinating thriller but it’s also a scathing attack on a society that allows double standards, hypocrisy and fickle appearances to lead to damaging ends.

Real Crime Magazine

Fiendishly clever … page-turningly unnerving

Alison Flood, The Observer

Deeply unsettling

Included in I News ‘10 most anticipated crime novels and thrillers of 2018’

I devoured this gripping, unsettling, and brilliantly constructed thriller in one breathless gulp.

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

Impressive… the orchestration of suspense is masterly

Financial Times

A perfect psychological thriller … Addictive and disturbing, I was gripped.

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

A thrilling courtroom drama

i Paper

The bad news is that you will have to wait until May to get your hands on a copy, but I can guarantee it will be worth the wait

Fully Booked

Full of psychological suspense that will have you second-guessing every thought you have about the book upon turning each page… It is seriously dark but so enjoyable.

Let's Start With This One Blog

Delves into the darkness of obsessive love

Brighton On The Inside

Readers of weary of domestic noir should pick up Our Kind of Cruelty, a splendidly written novel that gives the genre a shot in the arm … pacily written and hugely involving... I was gripped until the last pages.

Daily Express

A nail-biting read that twists perceptions and plays havoc with your nerves

Women's Own

An addictive psychological thriller

Nudge Book

A taut, nasty thriller. I loved it!

India Knight

Cleverly shows the many facets of a complex human character, evoking sympathy, fear and anger all whilst shining a bright unforgiving light on how society views female sexuality.

Crime Review

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