Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Verity, the only woman Mike has ever loved and is still deeply in love with, is getting married. He knows he messed up horribly and caused their relationship to end but he also knows that it isn’t really over. He knows that Verity is just playing the game they played all through their relationship; she gets chatted up by some random guy in a bar and at her signal Mike swoops in and rescues her. He thinks going through with the marriage would be a bit extreme but he sees all the signs, he knows she still loves him and he will make sure that they are together once again.
This book takes the stalker ex-boyfriend plot to the extreme. It is told from Mike’s point of view so we can see how he twists everything Verity says to fit what he wants so desperately to believe. It is one long character study of an unreliable narrator (a male character for a change) that makes you want to scream at him in frustration for his messed up interpretations of what is going on around him. But how do you have a rational conversation with a person who is convinced of their own version of reality?
If you need a book to keep you riveted and unsettled for a long road trip (perfect for staying alert!) give this one a listen.