Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

I have just gulped this book down. It’s excellently done. I am a mental health professional, and sometimes I don’t quite buy the psychology of characters in books, but I absolutely believed in Mike, his experiences, and his responses to them.

Mike is a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster. To a certain extent I think he was created by Verity, but that’s not what I mean exactly. He is a monster, he is scary, he is so delusional that you know things will inevitably end in violence, but you can’t help feeling sorry for him because he is so damaged by his childhood. He interprets everything through his delusional ideas about his relationship with Verity, and is incapable of seeing the objective truth about anything.

The final scenes in the court room are particularly well done. The double standards society holds for men and women are pulled open and demonstrated, and the fact that the law is not about finding out the truth, it is about winning a case.

Verity is ironically named. The truth in this book is slippery, hard to pin down, changes depending on who is looking at it.

Excellent read.

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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