Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall
The epitome of an unreliable narrator, Mike’s story wasn’t really connecting with me at first. I struggled to get through the first 50ish pages, but it’s essential to get into the same mindset as him.
Not really a spoiler, as it’s mentioned in the first couple pages, but Part 2 and 3 amped up the action. The courtroom scene especially felt like something out of a Law and Order: SVU episode, except, you know, as told by the defendant/stalker instead of Olivia Benson.
I love the way the writing manipulated the truth, leaving me wondering what was truly “real” and what happened only in Mike’s mind. I’d read the e-mails and voicemails from V and think, ‘there’s not possible way he can misinterpret this,’ and yet…
(spoilers after the jump)
The ending did leave me a little unsatisfied. I wanted to know more of V’s side of things. I will admit, the courtroom scene/Mike’s barrister were really causing me to doubt my judgement of V. All through the book, I saw Mike as a slightly unhinged stalker with V trying as nicely as possible to shut down his advances and “delusions”.
But now I wonder, was it really that delusional? Why was she so nice as to invite him to her wedding and keep in contact with him? Why didn’t she mention the correspondence to anyone else? I almost actually did start to see Verity as the “Lady Macbeth” who had masterminded the entire thing, I started to her as the media wanted us to see her. I wanted to get into V’s head by the end.
Considering how I almost quit this book due to a slow start, I enjoyed it overall. 3.5 stars.