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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Gripping psychological drama that I just couldn't put down!

"I must be cruel only to be kind / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind,"

Michael Hayes, banker, is totally obsessed with Verity Walton. When she breaks off their love affair to marry another man, Angus Metcalf, Mike knows that she doesn't really mean to do it. She's just punishing him for an act of stupidity that he committed when he was working in New York for his job and she was in London.

Mike knows Verity better than she knows herself. He reads between the lines, parses words said and unsaid, and gleans his truth from his absolute conviction that she and he were meant to be together forever. Even when she says they're not. He goes to great lengths to possess her and nothing and no one will stand in his way. Because he loves her and believes that she loves him. Everything she says contains clues that indicate to him that she is his. His unshakeable belief leads them both to a point of no return.

I really liked this book. The writing kept me pulled into the story and never once seemed to veer off track. The characters were quite well constructed and felt real. Despite it being psychodrama, it also had action and touched on other themes that would make great discussion for a book club. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure worked for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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