The Hand That Feeds You

The Hand That Feeds You

Book - 2015
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Morgan Russell, 30, is completing her thesis on victim psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and newly engaged to Bennett, a seductive but possessive and secretive man. She returns from class one day to find Bennett brutally killed, and her dogs--a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls she was fostering--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 that everything he has told her--where he was born, where he lives in Montreal, where he works--was a lie. He is not the man he said he was. In fact, he fits the clinical definition of a sociopath, and he had several fiancés all believing the same promises he gave Morgan. And then, one by one, these other women are murdered. Morgan's research into Bennett has taken on an urgency: in order to stay alive, she must find out how an intelligent woman like herself, who studies predators, becomes a victim.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2015
ISBN: 9781476774589
Branch Call Number: RICH
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm


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" A philosopher once said, 'The threshold is the place to pause.' " " The lecture had been about victomology. Does a symbiotic quirk in the brain of the abuser also exist in the emotional makeup of the victim? The model the professor used was battered woman syndrome, a syndrome the professor pointed out was nowhere to be found in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but does appear in the criminal statutes. Why? I thought I had the answer."

May 01, 2017

I enjoyed this very much, mainly because of the "animal rescue" theme. But I did enjoy the murder part, too. I did NOT like the explicit sex descriptions. They didn't help at all. I think it's a bad omen for our society that people are constantly depicted having sex with a new partner on every other page, or scene, in the case of video. Doesn't anyone know what morals are?!!!
You may laugh at me, but we need ethics, morals, a sense of right and wrong.

Jul 16, 2016

Hard to put down

PimaLib_JB Dec 03, 2015

Smart, mind-bending mystery (think "Girl on a Train" or Gillian Flynn), pseudonymously written by two literary authors paying tribute to a friend who died before she could write it herself.

Sep 30, 2015

I give this novel a 1 1/2 star rating only because it was so strange that you kept turning the pages. Morgan, who flips between a doctorate student writing a serious thesis and a sex-starved woman of one-nights stands (even though she has a partner) is just unbelievable. It seems the authors took turns writing chapters and couldn't agree on who Morgan should be. I also sussed-out who the killer was well before the end and found the plot bizarre from then on. The authors may be great separately but this was obviously written simply as a money-maker. Poor decision!

Sep 27, 2015

Suspenseful with abundant plot twists, read this on a dark and stormy night.

Sep 19, 2015

proves that if you are an insider in publishing nobody will challenge that a 'book' you submit billed as a thriller is neither a thriller, a novel, a reason to cut down a tree or worth more than a plug nickel. Has a ton of red herrings, long boring whining monologues on rescue dogs and shelters, unbelievable characters, lots of name brand references and tons of names of New York City intersections (i.e. padding, not local color). Staggering to think these two women (the writers) are lauded as short story writers since the writing here has no character, atmosphere, sass or anything else. Terrible. And the sex descriptions are embarrassing for the characters.

Aug 10, 2015

I was a little weary about reading this book, only because the bad reviews below. I actually found the book to be something different and a page turner for me. I have never read either author before this, so I can't comment on that. A little after halfway thru this book and I was able to guess who the killer was, but it was still an enjoyable and engaging book--check it out for yourself.

Aug 01, 2015

Extremely weird.

Jul 06, 2015

A.J. Rich is actually Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as a team, and I was so excited when I heard that. Individually, they are both beautiful writers. Sadly, I found this novel disappointing - poor characterization, repetitive, an implusible plot, and poorly written.

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