One of the Good Guys

Araminta Hall

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, Gillian Flynn Books

A propulsive and twisty 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?





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January 9, 2024


6 x 9

About the Book

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.


From the critically acclaimed author of Our Kind of Cruelty and Imperfect Women comes an urgent psychological thriller about gender, power, and how both are captured in contemporary media.


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

- Lisa Taddeo journalist and Pushcart Prize-winning author of Three Women and Animal

“The best book I’ve read in a long time. One of the Good Guys is a dark, whip-smart thriller that’s also laugh-out-loud funny. Hall answers #metoo and the masculinity crisis with nuance and insight. A must read.”

- Sarah Langan, award-winning author of Good Neighbors

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, author of Please See Us

“A dark, dazzling shock to the system. One of the Good Guys is clever, composed, exciting and frightening.”

- Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End

“A bold and on point feminist thriller about gendered violence with Gone Girl twistiness and narrator unreliability.”

- Victoria Selman, bestselling author of Truly Darkly Deeply and the Ziba MacKenzie series

“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, author of The Missing Hours and Invisible City

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Darker, Rock Paper Scissors, and Sometimes I Lie

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.”

- Philippa East, author of Little White Lies and I’ll Never Tell

“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. I never even came CLOSE to guessing the ending, and gasped with envy and massive respect when I finished reading. 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, USA Today bestselling author of The House Guest

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, author of Sing Her Down

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, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

“Scorching, smart, and soaked in feminist rage, this is a suspense that stays with you long after the last page.”

- Ellery Lloyd, author of People Like Her and The Club

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

- Julie Cohen, bestselling author of Dear Thing and Summer People

“Araminta Hall’s latest, One of the Good Guys, is both 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 long after you reach its shocking conclusion. Their relationship will make you reexamine your idea of fear, perception, and public opinion.”

- Kellye Garrett, award-winning and Edgar-nominated author of Like a Sister and Missing White Woman