It is no secret that I am a fan of novels where narrators are extremely disturbed and living in complete delusions. In fact, a few of my favourite books, You by Caroline Kepnes and Perfect Days by Rapheal Montes, featured characters with these exact characteristics. I spent copious amounts of time raving about both of these books so, when I read the back cover of Our Kind of Cruelty, I felt like this one would be right up my alley!
The first line of the synopsis stated, “This is a love story. Mike’s love story.” If that doesn’t sound like the hint of someone living in a complete delusion, I don’t know what is!
The novel essentially follows Mike, a guy who came from a brutal childhood, and his obsession with Verity. He has dedicated his life to her and has moulded himself to be her perfect mate. Too bad she’s engaged to another man. Told in three parts, the reader sees Mike’s descent into obsession and the tricky line between truth and perception.
Now, I read this one as a buddy read with my pal Janel (the blogger between Keeper of Pages) and we both seemed to feel pretty conflicted about this book.
The beginning was great. I loved watching the insanity unfold and I was hooked to see how everything would pan out. However, as the novel continued I felt like it was “missing something”. I wanted the perspective from Verity. I wanted to understand more exactly which perception was correct and I wanted it to be crystal clear who the “bad guy” was. I felt like Hall left room for a lot of interpretation, which is fine, but I wanted the same direct vibe I felt when I read You or Perfect Days.
Overall, a nice, quick read and I would recommend this novel; however, if you like something a little more finite then this one will probably leave a bad taste in your mouth.