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The Hand That Feeds You

By: A. J. Rich

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade

Imprint: Scribner

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781476774589

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Electronic | Trade Paperback

On Sale: | Pages: 288

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"An unnerving, elegant page-turner" (Vanity Fair) of psychological suspense about a woman in an intense sexual relationship with a man who turns out to be a predator--by celebrated writers Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment writing as A.J. Rich. Morgan, thirty, is completing her thesis on victim psychology and newly engaged to Bennett, a man more possessive than those she has dated in the past, but also more chivalrous--and the sex is hot. She returns from class one day to find Bennett brutally mauled to death, and her beloved dogs covered in blood. 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, and he had several fianc es, 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 new urgency: in order to stay alive, she must find out how an intelligent woman like herself, who studies predators, becomes a victim. For readers of Girl on a Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, this "twisty, unsettling thriller" (The New York Times) is an "irresistible" (Vogue) collaboration between two outstanding writers. "The Hand That Feeds You goes from zero to terrifying in about five pages...Once this thriller gets its teeth into you, it doesn't let go" (The Tampa Bay Times).
“The Hand That Feeds You” is a tense, intriguing psychological mystery with an interesting back story. A.J. Rich is a pseudonym adopted by two established authors, Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, for their collaboration on a book their dying friend Katherine Russell Rich didn't have time to write. They bring a clearheaded, character-driven style to the project and the sort of celebration of simple moments more often seen in short stories.
—New York Times
The well-paced, suspenseful story never pauses overlong. Morgan travels to Boston, Connecticut and elsewhere to track down key players. She hires a freelance hacker to uncover e-mails between Bennett and a mysterious bossy person known as Libertine. Dog love and animal welfare are recurring side themes that threaten to sidetrack the action at times, but they are key to the plot at beginning and cinematic end.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU isn't perfect. Some of the transitions in time and place are a bit jerky, and the concluding pages feel just slightly rushed, particularly since it looked as if things were heading in a completely new and dark direction. It could have ended a few pages or so early and been an entirely different book. I'm not sure which ending I would have preferred: the satisfying one that we get, or the one that would've left readers gasping. That's not my call, though, and the ending (like the rest of THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU) is more than worthy of your attention.
The Hand That Feeds You goes from zero to terrifying in about five pages.... The Hand That Feeds You keeps up a breakneck pace and a tensely creepy tone, and its spare, well-crafted writing is a cut above many thrillers.... The slippery nature of the novel's reality is intensified by Morgan herself. As a narrator, she's sympathetic, but many things about her will raise questions for readers.... Once this thriller gets its teeth into you, it doesn't let go.
—Tampa Bay Times
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