One of the Good Guys (Hardback)
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One of the Good Guys (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 04/01/2024
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Waterstones Says

This pulsating, prescient and whip-smart thriller about gendered violence and media frenzy from the author of Perfect Strangers sees two young women disappear from a protest walk.

If most men say they’re one of the good guys, then why are so many women afraid to walk alone at night?

Cole is the perfect husband: a romantic, supportive of his wife, Mel’s career, keen to be a hands-on dad, not a big drinker. A good guy.

So when Mel leaves him, he's floored. She was lucky to be with a man like him.

Craving solitude, he accepts a job on the coast and quickly settles into his new life where he meets reclusive artist Lennie.

Lennie has made the same move for similar reasons. She is living in a crumbling cottage on the edge of a nearby cliff. It’s an undeniably scary location, but sometimes you have to face your fears to get past them.

As their relationship develops, two young women go missing while on a walk protesting gendered violence, right by where Cole and Lennie live. Finding themselves at the heart of a police investigation and media frenzy, it soon becomes clear that they don’t know each other very well at all.

This is what happens when women have had enough.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035018109
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I've been a fan of Araminta’s from the start; she is one of the most daring and intriguing writers working today. Her writing is so addictive, her characters so sharply realized. One of the Good Guys is a resonant, razor-laced and dangerously glittering novel - Gillian Flynn

Scorching, smart and soaked in feminist rage, this is a suspense that stays with you long after the last page - Ellery Lloyd

It got me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. It’s creepy, thought-provoking, compelling and so very relevant - Julie Cohen

A scintillating thriller and a scorching condemnation of how differently society treats men versus women, especially in the social media age. Cole and Lennie are flawed, complex characters who will stick with you longer after you reach its shocking conclusion. Their relationship will make you reexamine your idea of fear, perception, and public opinion - Kellye Garrett

One of the Good Guys is a mind-bending tour de force. Araminta Hall has always been one of my favorite writers, but what she has done here is groundbreaking. This thriller is shocking, twisted, dark, and absolutely on-point - Samantha Downing

One of the Good Guys is a riveting and kaleidoscopic look at women swept up in the current of toxic masculinity and the blowback when they pull themselves to safety. From art to media, Hall leaves no corner of the attack on women's safety and sanity unexplored in her adept and sharp multifaceted novel. Powerful and inspired – empowering and inspirational - Ivy Pochoda

Mind. Blown. The brilliant Araminta Hall has created an absolute tour de force of suspense. Provocative, surprising and entirely original, this tale of power and gender will not only have you looking at the world a different way, but will have you looking at yourself a different way. Hall’s brilliance with exquisite foreboding, with multi-layered but mysterious characters, and with her deep understanding of readers’ expectations make this one of the most thought-provoking and imaginative books I have ever read. If you have a book club – wow – this one’s for you. Drop everything, call Hollywood, and do not miss One of the Good Guys - Hank Phillippi Ryan

One of the Good Guys has it all: pitch-perfect writing, superb characterization, innovative narration and deeply sophisticated storytelling. This book delves into the painful and messy complexities of misogyny, consent and gendered power dynamics with an unflinching narrative scalpel. I have long been a fan of Araminta Hall’s writing, and her latest book absolutely spearheads the razor-sharp new trend in feminist thrillers - Phillippa East

A dark, original and thought-provoking read. This book will hook you from the first page and keep you thinking long after the last - Alice Feeney

Wow, I loved this topical, clever and tricksy novel. A book for the #metoo generation that taps into all kinds of fears/hopes/difficulties that come with the movement. You’ll think one thing . . . and then another . . . and then another. With clever use of social media and newspaper pieces, the conclusion is a masterpiece. Highly recommend - Louise Swanson

I am not easily shocked, but One of the Good Guys went places even my twisted mind had never imagined. Araminta Hall is a master of suspense, and her latest novel is a timely, thrilling tale that offers no easy villains or heroes, but loads of surprises. Beautifully written, deliciously tense and entirely surprising – I tore through it - Julia Dahl

A bold and on-point feminist thriller about gendered violence with Gone Girl twistiness and narrator unreliability - Victoria Selman

A dark, dazzling shock to the system. One of the Good Guys is clever, composed, exciting and frightening - Chris Whitaker

One of the Good Guys has everything I love in a novel: pitch-perfect storytelling and a twisty plot that plays out in a haunting, atmospheric setting. Araminta Hall has crafted an incisive feminist suspense novel about delusion, deception, and the poisonous nature of toxic masculinity. A daring, breathless read - Caitlin Mullen

It's so clever it blew my mind a bit. It's about men and women and trust and art and violence and safety. And it's just excellent - Laura Pearson

An absolutely thrilling tale, full of breathless cliffside terror and fresh feminist theory masked in tight, propulsive mystery. I devoured this book - Lisa Taddeo

An intriguing mix of psychological thriller and contemporary feminist fable. - Daily Mail 

One of the Good Guys is clever, crafty and thought-provoking. I felt like I was reading about events that were actually taking place in real time. We live in febrile times and this novel perfectly captures this zeitgeist. I can’t express this enough when I say, trust no one. Brilliant, timely and necessary. Really enjoyed it - Dorothy Koomson

One of the Good Guys doesn't just tell a story. It makes you think, it makes you angry, and it makes you want to read it again. So clever and subtly drawn, and yet the impact it leaves is extraordinary. Shocking and timely - dark fiction at its very best - Caz Frear

A story that will stay with you long after the last page. Terrifying because it all reads so painfully true and familiar if you are a woman nowadays. - Laure Van Rensburg

Clever, disturbing, challenging, twisty and utterly compelling. A brilliant, thought-provoking novel for our times. - Peter James

WOW. As compelling as it is arch; as shocking as it a salutary reminder of what it means to be a woman today. What a read! - Lizzy Barber

'Truly chilling, enraging and satisfying all at the same time!' - Harriet Tyce

A thriller that is timely, unsettling and so very relevant. Superb. - David Fennell

Neatly plotted - Literary Review

Part thriller, part social commentary on what it is to be a woman, this is a thought-provoking read. - Fabulous Magazine

As much a psychological thriller as a novel packed with sharp commentary about society and gender. . . - iNews

When two women go missing, a couple finds themselves at the heart of a police investigation and media frenzy in this psychological thriller about gender and power. - Irish Examiner

I love a good unreliable narrator story, and Araminta Hall’s One of the Good Guys is among the best I’ve read in ages. ... Hall is fantastically good at upending expectations and pulling the wool over her readers’ eyes, so I can’t say much more without giving things away – but this exploration of female rage isn’t what you think it’s going to be. - Observer

This twisty tale will keep you on your toes - Crime Monthly

Araminta Hall slowly and carefully brings the reader into the story, which highlights that no one is perfect or fully ‘good’, touching on issues of security and control. - Belfast Telegraph

A credible and confronting tale seething with insightful suspense - Woman’s Weekly

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