One of the Good Guys

One of the Good Guys

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 04/01/2024
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One of the Good Guys
Twist Is Unusual & Packs A Punch
I was very intrigued by this read as saw a lot of reviewers needing to discuss after they'd finished reading. Waiting for the Gone Girl type twist I was... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones
One of the Good Guys
The perfect feminist psychological thriller!
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 divorc... READ MORE
Molly at Silverburn
One of the Good Guys
Clever and very timely
This one was amazing. This was told from the perspective of three different characters and it definitely added to the suspense. I can't talk too much about... READ MORE
Jodie Whitfield
One of the Good Guys
A Book full of red flags
Very rarely has a narrator in a book made me feel so nervous. Cole has moved to the south coast after a tough split from his wife. He initially thinks he... READ MORE
Eilish from Rustington


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: 540g
  • Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 35 mm

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One of the Good Guys
Following the recent split from his wife, Cole leaves London for a fresh start in the countryside. There, he meets Leonora, a reclusive artist who seems to... READ MORE
Ella - The Story Collector
One of the Good Guys
A quick and entertaining read
I read this as a tongue-in-cheek thriller poking fun at men who think they’re fully aware of male toxicity, and avoid it at all costs, but in reality, they... READ MORE
CAT Thomas
One of the Good Guys
All in all, ‘One of the Good Guys’ is yet another book I would recommend as one to be avoided. The plot, such as it is, seems to be centred on a ridicul... READ MORE
Clive Woolliscroft
One of the Good Guys
Surprisingly good
Well well well... I didn't see that coming! It started off in a similar way to Good Material and I was bracing myself for another whiney break up book, whi... READ MORE
Daria - Bookshop Manager
One of the Good Guys
A Thought Provoking Read
Cole's marriage to Mel has broken down. With a pending divorce he's now left the marital home and moved to the coast where he works as a ranger, looking af... READ MORE
Jo Lambert
One of the Good Guys
Compelling page-turner
Mel thinks her husband Cole is ‘one of the good guys’. Cole also thinks he’s one of the good guys. The reader thinks he seems like one of the good guys –... READ MORE
Jane Hughes
One of the Good Guys
Entertaining and Relevant
I did enjoy this book a lot, it’s very relevant to today’s society, especially with violence against women being a recurring subject in the news. This book... READ MORE
niamh pyne
One of the Good Guys
I loved this story
Cole thought that he was the ideal husband and is heartbroken when his wife Mel leaves him. He starts a new life on the coast and immediately connects with... READ MORE
One of the Good Guys
Sharp writing and terrifically drawn characters make this a five star read
Well, if you were looking for a real scorcher to start your new year off, you have found it here. One of the Good Guys is explosive, and I suspect, deeply ... READ MORE
Mary Picken
One of the Good Guys
One of the Good Guys
Woah... this was a bit of a wild ride. One which kept me on my toes guessing all the way through. Mostly! We start with Cole whose marriage has failed and... READ MORE
One of the Good Guys
interesting read
The narrative of this book is obviously underlining the huge societal issue of violence against women, and its important that people continue to speak out... READ MORE
One of the Good Guys
Thought provoking
Cole tries so hard to be the perfect husband to Mel, and when the marriage fails, he’s shattered. Is he one of the good guys as he believes? To try to regr... READ MORE
Celia Short
One of the Good Guys
Challenging uncomfortable with irrational characters
Mel is a coercive, workaholic, wife; Cole is an ideal husband. Cole is a coercive, sexually deviant, husband; Mel is an ideal wife. Is either statement t... READ MORE
One of the Good Guys
Thought-provoking and intriguing,
One of the Good Guys took some time to completely pull me in, but once it did, I was completely hooked on this addictive, shocking (but sadly all too reali... READ MORE
Laura Nazmdeh
One of the Good Guys
Worth a read
I enjoyed the first half of this book but found the clips from social media in the second half difficult to follow and rather annoying. The story was well... READ MORE
Carole Kendal
One of the Good Guys
A clever, twisty novel
Mourning his failed marriage to his wife of seven years, Cole is determined to put himself first for once and make a fresh start living off the land in a r... READ MORE
Lydia Omodara
One of the Good Guys
Deceptions and double standards
Cole's marriage to Mel has fallen apart, leading him to move south and take on a new job as a ranger. Although he is still ruminating over the failure of h... READ MORE
Farah Ghuznavi
One of the Good Guys
A truly arresting and unforgettable book
I'd seen lots of early reviews of One of the Good Guys talking about how good it was. Initially I wasn't sure whether I wanted to read a feminist thriller,... READ MORE
One of the Good Guys
Fabulous feminist thriller
Everyone thinks Cole is the definition of a perfect man so when his wife leaves him and demands a divorce he can’t understand what he has done wrong – he i... READ MORE
Carly  Staniforth
One of the Good Guys
Superb story, superb layout….
“One of the Good Guys” is Araminta Hall’s latest novel and is perfect for readers of feminist literature regardless of your stance on the subject. I re... READ MORE
A Mother’s Musings
One of the Good Guys
Not to be missed!
“Sometimes I wonder if that’s all life is, especially when you’re a woman, continuously running from fear until it finally overtakes you.” Deeply unsett... READ MORE
Emma Alvey
One of the Good Guys
compelling and thought-provoking read.
Of The Good Guys is the sixth novel by British journalist, editor and author, Araminta Hall. The audio version is narrated by Elliott Fitzpatrick, Olivia V... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
One of the Good Guys
Loved it.
This book had been floating around my to be read towers for a few months but an author recommended it to our in store book group last Saturday so I decided... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
One of the Good Guys
Difficult to get into.
I was unable to get in and understand this book. It wasn't very clear and I couldn't warm to any of the characters. which reduced my liking of the book. I... READ MORE
Kim Mooney