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Our Kind of Cruelty
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel | Araminta Hall
"This is simply one of the nastiest and most disturbing thrillers I've read in years. In short: I loved it, right down to the utterly chilling final line." Gillian Flynn A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense. This is a love story. Mikes love story. Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. Hes found the perfect home, the perfect job, hes sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows theyll be blissfully happy together. It doesnt matter that she hasnt been returning his emails or phone calls. It doesnt matter that she says shes marrying Angus. Its all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, hell see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move hell know just when to come to her rescue...
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Jadams1776
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Pickpick

Oh dear. What a sad, strange, crazy man. +16 for a #TBRRead. #MerryReaders #WinterGames

Clwojick Such an odd character, but so good! 16 pts! 3d
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DHill
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This one bothered me and I‘m not even sure why. The first part wore on but the second part really set me off. The delusion and obsession of the MC and the result of that was just really hard for me to listen to.

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DHill
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A little more than half way in and it‘s starting to get a little tedious. From the reviews I‘ve read it does pick up in the second half.

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Sweettartlaura
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3.5⭐️
I think Caroline Kepnes‘ YOU has ruined me, because I think I feel far too much sympathy for Mike in this story. I should just think he‘s crazy. But I just can‘t dismiss his idea that this is all a game to V. Why did she tell him Angus would be out of town? Why is she still wearing that necklace? Why didn‘t she call the cops - ever? It gives Mike enough to obsess over her forever.
A well-written, intense ride.
#botmbacklog

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Cinfhen
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#LilithJuly I know I‘ve used this book before, but I‘ll stand behind it (again) When it comes to #FoolishGames Mike and V set the bar pretty high 😜 This thriller belongs along the lines of Gone Girl. Twisted and psychotic and maybe not quite believable but still a slow motion train wreck that‘s hard to stop watching/reading.

KarenUK On my shelf, unread of course 😂..... sounds like a page-turner 👍 5mo
KarenUK And hope your jet lag isn‘t too awful! 💕😴😴 5mo
Crazeedi Hope you've arrived safely and are resting! 5mo
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julesG And onto my stack. 5mo
Cinfhen Safe & sound at my parents house @Crazeedi @KarenUK just exhausted and dealing with jet lag 🤪 5mo
Cinfhen I liked it @julesG although others were unimpressed 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5mo
TrishB I‘ve not got to this yet! Glad you‘ve arrived safely 😘 5mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen 👍❤😘 5mo
BarbaraBB On my shelves! Glad you liked it! 5mo
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MoniqueKeeling
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Tea and reading is always great, but I‘m finding part 3 of this book to be dragging. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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MoniqueKeeling
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A friend lent me this to read this morning. I have things to do, but it‘s one of those books that‘s hard to put down once you start. 🙈

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janeycanuck
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How very creepy. I feel like Mike could have really benefited from some serious work with a mental health professional. Or a restraining order.

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TheBooksWhoLived
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Bff brunch & book date from yesterday was so nice. Breakfast food is my bar my favorite & sharing books with friends is a close second. Throw in a couple mimosas and it‘s a perfect day for me! 📚🥞🥓🍳🥂

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉🎉 8mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 8mo
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SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
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BlameJennyJane Welcome aboard!! 🚢 8mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💙💚💕 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 8mo
Lauram Great photo! Welcome to Litsy. 😁 8mo
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Cinfhen
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🎶I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy🎶
#MarchIntoThe70s
Enter Mike...I‘m not sure he‘d even call himself a #JealousGuy...he LOVES V and surely LOVE conquers all!! Right??? I really enjoyed this story of obsession but it seems Littens weren‘t feeling it.

gradcat I heard great things about it, but I haven‘t read it. Should I? 9mo
TrishB On my kindle! 9mo
Reviewsbylola I've avoided this one. Would I hate it? 9mo
Cinfhen I really liked this one @gradcat @TrishB @Reviewsbylola but I see where plot points may be questionable 🙄 9mo
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Rachael_reads
Mehso-so

This book kept me reading, but wasn't great. Like other people have said, I also like unreliable narrators, so that's one aspect of this book I enjoyed.

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allureofbeauty
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Found this at Half Price books and snagged it since I‘ve been trying to collect the BOTM books 🖤
And I found a new bookmark.

#botm #halfprice #halfpricebooks #haul #bookmark #ourkindofcruelty #aramintahall #bookhaul #usedbook #snow

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Bookish.SAM
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Mehso-so

3rd completion for #24in48. I think I‘m a little behind schedule if I want to get 24 hrs in.

As for the book, it was just ‘meh‘ for me, but engaging enough that I never drifted off while reading it.

#dogsoflitsy

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TheFunkyBookworm
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This was def one of my #stranger reads from 2018 but I thoroughly enjoyed every page! If you‘re a fan of “You” by Caroline Kepnes, you should check this one out!

#anewchapter
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

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Cityofamber
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Bailedbailed

I decided to try this #BOTM pick by listening to it and I‘m so bored... so I‘m DNFing it. 😬

Lovesbooks87 I didn't like it either! 11mo
Cityofamber @Lovesbooks87 yeah it looks like the reviews aren‘t great so I‘m not wasting my time 😂😂😂 11mo
Lovesbooks87 @Cityofamber yea. I wish I would ha bailed on it! 11mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I enjoyed this in print, but am freaking obsessed with awful characters. 🤣 #personalityflaw 11mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book122
I'm going to have to think about this book for a while. It's an incredibly slow burn, but I'm pretty sure the payoff at the end is worth it. I think. The writing is absolutely amazing and I'm a sucker for an unreliable narrator, but I just can't decide if I liked the ending or if it was a letdown.

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thebooksugar
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SandyW
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Panpan

I find it difficult to recommend this book. The main character, Mike, is written in such a way that makes him not believable. I don't believe this character could become so successful in a corporate environment by the time he's 30.

I also have difficulty believing V would date him for as long as she did.

And... part 1was much too long. We get more than enough of Mike's insane point of view in about 1/3 of that section.

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 13mo
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Redjewel_7734
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This is so creepy & disturbing. The narrator is so very obviously disturbed, but yet there is a rational line that underpins his delusion. It would be terrifying to have this person fixated on you-even when you can clearly see how he got where he did. In some ways, his lawyer is just as disturbing when you see how he utilizes his clients delusions rather than getting him the help he obviously needs. This story, for me underlines #believewomen

Alfoster So true! Loved this one too!😍 1y
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dreabooksit
Mehso-so

I love a good psychological thriller but this was really just the ramblings of a crazed stalker. I was hoping for more twists but they never really came. Not satisfying

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Abby2
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Pickpick

Pretty creepy and strange. It was hard to put down.

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CaroPi
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Bailedbailed

I dislike so much this book. I rarely DNF books but I just couldn't go through. I read the last few pages to see if I would change my mind. I regret spending my time on them. Not my kind of book.

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CaroPi
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Ok so I need to post this only bookworms will understand. I couldn't help myself and just finished #rulesofcivility I was finishing adding it to my spreadsheet and got my email from #libby one of my library holds was borrowed for me at that exact moment. It seems it was waiting for me to finish the book...

Sarah83 The parcel isn't still there? 🤦 1y
CaroPi @Sarah83 no ☹️ now it got strange. I will go to the post office on Monday and see if they find something. I hope so because I travel on. Tuesday 1y
Sarah83 @CaroPi did you go the post office? 😊 1y
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CaroPi @Sarah83 Yes. Unfortunately nothing there. ☹️ I will be back on the 25 and hopefully it will be there 1y
CaroPi @Sarah83 I am currently in Italy. I was planning to open my package here. As soon as I arrive to Poland I will search for it! Polish post office is terrible ☹️ 1y
Sarah83 It sounds like that 😒 1y
CaroPi @Sarah83 Bad news. I am back home and the package didn't arrive 😞the post office here can be late but no so much. Did your post office gave you a tracking number? 1y
Sarah83 @CaroPi no. I send it as European parcel. It is without a tracking number. 🤔 1y
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EKonrad
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Mehso-so

The premise of this novel was great (and I love a good ol' fashioned unreliable narrator!). But the execution was just way off. The author wants us to go inside the twisted, tormented mind of Mike who can't seem to stop stalking the ex he's convinced is still in love with him. Parts of this just dragged on and on instead of the quick pace you'd expect from a thriller. This whole book just left me frustrated...and bored. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 1y
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Meghan1
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I actually really enjoyed this book. However, I feel like it was misrepresented as a thriller. Yes, it was a story of obsession, but I feel it was more a commentary on the justice system failing women and the kind of man who is severely mentally ill, but hides it well. I did like it for what I got from it.

readordierachel Agree with all of this. And I enjoyed it for what is was too :) 1y
whatsthEStorey I agree! Definitely not a thriller, but still suspenseful in an infuriating way. 1y
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NovelGirl82
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It‘s my last night of having the casa to myself, so it‘s a #bookandbath night. I‘m trying to get through one more #botmbacklog book before the month is out.

Ashley_Nicoletto Your bathtub is included in my dream house. 😍 Enjoy your bath and book! 1y
bookandcat Enjoy! 1y
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Meghan1
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Up next! I see lots of mixed reviews on this one!

RadicalReader @Meghan1 I have this novel on my requests list at the library sounds like an absolutely amazing novel and can‘t wait to check it out for myself 1y
Minimalgrl Sorry but I just didn‘t like it ....I had high hopes and it just sat wrong with me ... curious what you 🤔 think 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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An unreliable narrator. Are two characters playing a game and communicating? Is one being played? Is one insane?

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MeganAnnabell
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Mehso-so

Such a good plot but I feel like the last 50 or so pages drug on and on. If I had any other books with me to read I probably would have bailed. Finished Book 2 of my #botmbacklog

bookandcat 🎉🎉🎉🎉you're amazing! Great job finishing a backlog book! This wasn't my favorite book either, I agree that the end feels slow or feels off in some way. 1y
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Meredith3
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In Our Kind of Cruelty #thenameofthegame is The Crave. That game is kinda fucking crazy and so is Mike. He is giving me some major Old Gregg vibes and I DIG IT. Both are creepy and scary, yet just want to be loved! And in the end, isn‘t that what we all want? #ABBAinAugust

Kimberlone Lol Old Gregg!!!! 1y
emilyhaldi I need some kind of translation for this post 😆Who the heck is Old Gregg??? (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts @Meredith3 that is definitely what we all want ❤️Love (edited) 1y
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Meredith3 @emilyhaldi please go to YouTube and search old Gregg and watch it 😹😹😹💚 1y
Meredith3 @Kimberlone 😹✨💚🤘🏻 1y
Meredith3 @Cathythoughts 💚🖤💛 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m not sure I want to be loved like this. 😂 1y
Mdargusch No thanks. 🙃 1y
Cinfhen Great choice!!!! 1y
Rachellynnwright Baileys! 1y
Meredith3 @Rachellynnwright creamy and beige 😹👏🏻✨ 1y
Meredith3 @Cinfhen thanks, girl! 1y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This book is my worst relationship nightmare come to life.

Reagan-reads I love that review! 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Reagan-reads ?? Thanks. This book is like a giant "single girls worst dating fear". I could blurb the back. 1y
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mdemanatee
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Not really sure what I ultimately think of this one but the voice was good. Real mixed on the rest.

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collegecatlady
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I get what Araminta Hall is putting down. If this novel confused you, approach it through the lens of injustice towards females. The ending of the novel was real life. There is no reason for women to still be experiencing what V did in this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ashley_Nicoletto I'm reading this right now and I am fascinated by it. 1y
Hestapleton I have an ARC of this I am really meaning to get to! Your review is making me bump it up! 1y
collegecatlady @Hehaney I thought it was fantastic. It‘s quite a slow burn and I nearly gave it five stars 1y
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pgh.femme
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Pickpick

Disturbing and illuminating.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Made it through month end Monday including a gym session.

Now for books and Mongolian beef.

pgh.femme I‘m also reading this one 1y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I'm having a serious case of the Sunday scaries.

Partly over things I can't control and partly because after spending 4.5 hours at work today I left knowing I needed to spend another 4 hours there to have a good day tomorrow.

#sobehind

Trying out a new book with some sleepy time tea and my snuggle partner.

DGRachel Dogs make everything better. 😍🐶😍 I hope you have a better day tomorrow! 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto @DGRachel Dogs do make all things better. If I can just make it through tomorrow the rest of the week will fly by. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1y
AmyG May tomorrow go smoothly and just fly by! 1y
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Ashley_Nicoletto @AmyG Thank youuuu! Some days you just have to keep swimming. 🤣 1y
AmyG Yep. Ride the wave...that‘s what I say. 1y
LiteraryinLititz 💜💜💜 You‘ve got this! 1y
Branwen You got this, hang in there, friend! *hugs* You will make it through tommorrow! 😃🐶 1y
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Clwojick
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It took me a while to decide what I felt towards this book... but I‘ve come to the conclusion that I actually loved the book. The writing style was amazing, and I genuinely had goosebumps almost the whole time I read it. But I also love to hate the main character Mike. Like I mean, I LOATHE him. But I also don‘t know what I feel about V. Was she good or bad? I‘m still confused about that. Might need a reread.

TheFunkyBookworm Did you read the author‘s note after the ending? I was confused too at first but after reading that I was like ohhh okay got it! 1y
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Clwojick
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Guys! This book! What is even happening?! Obviously Mike is delusional, but is V as innocent as is seems?

I can‘t wait to finish this book. It seems similar to You by Caroline Keepnes

Burghbookaddict I would like to kick Mike in the balls. 1y
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readsforkeeps
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Bailedbailed

This had such a good plot but sadly it didn‘t work for me. 🙈😭 Full review is up on my blog.

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Clwojick
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Getting ready for my bridal shower, and listening to the tagged audiobook. So weirdly creepy so far. Not far enough in to know what I‘m getting myself into. Lol.

♥️

KatieCarpenter Enjoy your bridal shower! And congrats! 🎈🎊🍾 1y
AmyG Enjoy every minute! 1y
TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 1y
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robinb Have fun and congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
rather_be_reading what day is opening day for the summer bookmark swap?? 1y
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AVChrista
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Love the anticipation of starting a new book!

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AuthorMelindaSCollins
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In need of a quick read, so Our Kind of Cruelty it is! #thriller #bookofthemonth

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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

A nice #audiobook that I listened to in a little over a day. A quick listen that makes you want to know what‘s going on in this strange relationship between two people. Is it love or obsession? Is there a difference anyway? I‘m still not sure I know exactly what is going on, lol! I‘m not sure if the author meant it this way or if I missed something...? 🤔 not life changing, but I enjoyed it, so pick it is

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Chelsea.Poole
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My current listen...and what in the world!!?? 🤨🤔
I can‘t tell where we are headed with this to be honest.

#audiobook #libby

Clwojick I just got this on Libby too! I need to find the time to read this. 1y
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eanderson
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So I‘m not entirely sure what I think of this book. I feel like there may be something I missed along the way. That being said, I am going with the minority opinion... I kinda enjoyed it! It was messed up in so many ways... It made it mesmerizing to me! 😱

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transemr

But my thoughts have always waited in darkened corners for me, watching for moments in which I am lulled into a false sense of security. Their favorite torture is to remind me of my solitude.

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Whimsical.Curiosity
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Mehso-so

I may be a sucker for a thriller but this book swept me up in a new storyline, lovable and loathsome characters and an ending I am still on the fence about. Mike and V were a love storm that never really ended, or did it? Depends on how you read it. #istilldontknow #doyou? #AramintaHall #OurKindofCruelty #pageturner

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SandraG
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Mehso-so

Our Kind of Cruelty is this evenings read!!! So far the guy seems a little weird!!! I‘ll check back later and let you know! 📚

rather_be_reading gorgeous flowers! 1y
SandraG Thanks favorite color 💕 1y
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sumaiyya.books
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Started this tale of obsession yesterday and I‘m loving it!! It‘s so creepy, twisted and I‘m so intrigued by the delusional and disturbed protagonist. What a chilling read 😻

BarbaraBB I just ordered a copy of this one! 1y
nimbus2000 I hated this book! I didn‘t hate it because it made me uncomfortable or anything like that - I‘ve read many things that make me uncomfortable. I hated it because I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something unexpected to happen and it never did. Maybe I just didn‘t get it? I couldn‘t wait for it to be over. (edited) 1y
KatieDid927 @nimbus2000 Completely with you, I did not enjoy this book one bit. 1y
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croberts51
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t keep going with it. After 150 pages I was still unsure of the rest of the book... maybe I‘ll pick it up again but right now I‘m not into it

KatieDid927 I stuck with it, and hated it. Bailing isn‘t a bad option. 1y
croberts51 @KatieDid927 it‘s such a bummer because the summary sounded SOO good when I ordered it from BOTM 1y
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