One of the Good Guys
by Araminta Hall
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Pub Date 09 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2024
Zando, Gillian Flynn Books
Megan Abbott meets Alafair Burke by way of Jessica Knoll in Araminta Hall’s latest twisty psychological thriller about gender, power, and how both are captured in contemporary media.
Newly separated from his wife and desperate to escape the ghosts of his failed marriage, Cole leaves London for a fresh start in the countryside. He accepts a job as a wildlife ranger and settles into his cozy seaside cottage, relishing the respite from the noise, drama, and relentless careerism that curdled his relationship along with his mental health. Then he meets Leonora, the reclusive artist living next door, and is instantly charmed by her warm and gentle spirit.
But as the two forge a connection on the cliff’s edge they call home, two young women activists raising awareness about gendered violence disappear while passing through. Cole and Leonora find themselves in the middle of a police investigation and resulting media firestorm as the world learns of what happened, and as the tension escalates, they quickly realize that they don’t know each other that well after all.
A propulsive page-turner with razor-sharp sociopolitical insight, One of the Good Guys asks: if most men claim to be good, why are most women still afraid to walk home alone at night?
GILLIAN FLYNN BOOKS: Gillian Flynn Books is the eponymous imprint from the bestselling author of Gone Girl.
Gillian Flynn Books publishes both fiction and nonfiction across genre categories, books that are propulsive, voice-driven, and culturally incisive. A conversation- starting and gasp-inducing list from one of the great writers of our time.
The Imprint's first book, Scorched Grace, was an Indie Next pick and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2023.
SOCIOPOLITICALLY RELEVANT THEMES: Like Araminta's previous work, ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS tackles misogyny in both its overt and subtler, more insidious forms, this time destabilizing the idea of the "nice guy." Moreover, through Mel and Lennie's complex narratives, as well as the meta-textual inclusion of articles, reviews, and online discourse covering the events of the novel, Araminta offers a nuanced and timely exploration of how feminist movements, social media activism, and ultimately, women's stories in general are captured in our contemporary media environment.
WELL-CONNECTED, WELL-REVIEWED WRITER: Araminta is a critical darling with an impressive suite of blurbs and earned media attention. She's a respected name in the thriller space and this novel-in many ways a culmination of her previous books' goals-is her most commercial yet and will speak directly to the loyal audience that's been following her work for the last few years, while also drawing in a new, eager readership.
COMMERICALLY SATISFYING STORY: Though many people, including Gillian Flynn, lauded OUR KIND OF CRUELTY for its honest, if uncomfortable, portrayal of the systematic silencing of women, some thriller readers bristled against its storytelling choices. With ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS, Araminta is offering not only incisive social commentary, but also a twisty plot with shocking reveals and an ending that satisfies.
FILM AND TV NEWS FORTHCOMING: Araminta's three previous novels are in development for the screen. EVERYTHING & NOTHING as a returning TV series, OUR KIND OF CRUELTY by Fifth Season as a feature film, and IMPERFECT WOMEN by Elisabeth Moss's company Love & Squalor, with Elisabeth to star.
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This book had me completely hooked, so much so that I read it in two days.
Cole claims he is ‘one of the good guys’ but is he really? After a rough divorce and moving to the coast, he tries to start fresh. However, when two young girls go missing and he was the last person to see them, you are left to question if he really is who he says he is.
I thought the layout was extremely intriguing, the first half being told from Cole’s point of view, then his ex-wife Mel’s. Learning about how each partner viewed their time together left me questioning everything I thought I knew and who I believed. The character’s are all extremely well written and make the plot that much more exciting.
The book brings up some amazing feminist conversations and allows you to form your own opinions. I was on the edge of my seat throughout each twist and turn. A truly great read that I will be highly recommending!
I loved Araminta Hall’s novel Our Kind of Cruelty, so I was really stoked about the opportunity to read One of the Good Guys.
What. A. Book! I thought I knew where this story was going—turns out I had NO IDEA, and was in for QUITE a ride!
This novel wasn’t what I was expecting—but in a good way. This twisty-turny story is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. It’s an excellent feminist novel that will leave you with a lot to think about once you finish the story.
It’s fitting that One of the Good Guys is being published under Gillian Flynn’s imprint—this novel definitely has Gone Girl vibes!