Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Hand That Feeds You: A Novel by A.J. Rich

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Format: Trade Paperback
Source: ARC from the publisher
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

From celebrated authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as A.J. Rich, a smart, thrilling, sexy, and emotionally riveting novel of psychological suspense about an accomplished woman involved with a man who proves to be an imposter.

Morgan Prager, at age thirty, is completing her thesis on victim psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. She is newly engaged to Bennett, a seductive but possessive and secretive man. She returns from class one day to find Bennett mauled to death, and her dogs—a Great Pyrenees and two pit bulls she has rescued—covered in blood. Bewildered and devastated that her dogs could have committed such violence, she worries that she might suffer from one of the syndromes she studies: pathological altruism, when selfless acts do more damage than good.

When Morgan tries to locate Bennett’s parents to tell them about their son’s hideous death, she discovers he was not the man he said he was. Everything he has told her—where he was born, where he lives and works—was a lie. In fact, he has several fiancées, and fits the clinical definition of a sociopath. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered. Suddenly Morgan’s research into Bennett takes on the urgency of survival: to stay alive, she must find out who is killing the women Bennett was closest to.

Unsettling and highly suspenseful, this is a brilliant collaboration between two outstanding writers.

I don't normally choose to read thriller novels. But, after reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins earlier this year, they have really started to peak my interest.

The Hand That Feeds You is an intense psychological thriller which puts into question whether or not you really know the ones you love. My eyes were glued to the book page after page as Morgan continued to unravel the mystery of Bennett's true identity. I can normally predict the twists and turns in a story fairly early on but, this was not the case with The Hand That Feeds You. The book was compelling all throughout and kept me wanting to know more until the very end.

If you enjoy suspense thrillers, I would highly recommend that you consider adding this book to your summer TBR list. It's a must read in my opinion.

I received an advanced copy of The Hand That Feeds You: A Novel from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

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