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The Hand That Feeds You - Target Club Pick (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: A. J. Rich (Tekijä)

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"A 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 fiances, 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"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Hand That Feeds You - Target Club Pick
Kirjailijat:A. J. Rich (Tekijä)
Info:Scribner (2016)
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:9781501154072

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Creepy! Also a bit implausible and somewhat frustrating. Morgan Prager is writing her master's thesis in forensic psychology about the profile of violent crime victims and a potential symbiotic relationship with their predators. Then she becomes one. She returns home from work one day to find that her fiance Bennett has been mauled to death by her three shelter-rescue dogs (2 of whom are pit-bulls). Then she finds out that Bennett was not at all who he said he was. He had given her a false name and identity and had also tricked several other women in the same way and essentially collected all these women and strung them along, promising marriage. Given that Morgan met him online when he answered a research query for her thesis, you would think she might've seen this coming. Also, she hooks up with several other men in the course of the story in dangerous situations -- bars, pool halls and seems to invite the behavior she is intending to study. One stable force in her life is her brother Steven, a lawyer for a non-profit who connects her to Laurence McKenzie, an animal rights' attorney. With Bennett's identity in question, Morgan now questions if her dogs were the perpetrators or if at the very least they were provoked by Bennett who never liked them to begin with. Two of the 3 are still alive and in custody as evidence. When visiting the animal shelter, Morgan meets a woman named Billie who is kind to her and her dogs and becomes a companion and a convenient advocate of the whole investigation. As things progress it is clear that Bennett (aka Jimmy Gordon) was not the victim but Morgan is and is still in danger. You can probably guess 2 trajectories without any more info or spoilers. Hard to swallow on lots of levels. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I stuck with this overly canine murder mystery and psychological thriller, and it made me realize just how difficult it is to write a really good, page-turning story. This one had high-potential elements that never really came together and jelled. By the end, it seemed the authors (or perhaps their editor) just wanted to tie everything up and move on. I'd skip this one. ( )
  Mona07452 | Oct 23, 2020 |
The Hand That Feeds You
by A.J. Rich
2015
Simon & Schuster
3.0 / 5.0

The plot of this novel sounded interesting and intriguing, however, I found it hard to feel involved or invested in any of the characters, and the ending was predictable. The best parts, for me, were the ones concentrating on the morality of a dog killing a person.....whom is responsible...should the dog be quarantined or sheltered....should the dog be killed?
The story evoles around Morgan, completing her thesis on victim psychology, and has just become engaged to Bennett. Morgan returns from classes one afternoon, to find Bennett mauled to death by her dog.
Morgan attempts to contact Bennetts family, only to find out everything he has told her....where he was born, where he previously lived, where he worked....was all a lie.
Bennett has several other fiancees, who all believed his story of his past and promises for the future. One by one, these woman are being killed.

Beyond the parts about the dog, this was poorly executed, hard to feel invested in and, just not written well. ( )
  over.the.edge | Oct 20, 2020 |
Man... Ok, so I only read this book for the Popsugar Reading Challenge, as one of the prompts is a book by two authors and I didn't want to use a non-fic option. But this looked quite promising, so I was excited about it. It didn't live up to expectations. Good points first - it's fast paced and quite fun (if you excuse the man-eaten-by-dogs thing), and I found the psychology stuff that gets thrown in quite interesting. But the writing wasn't amazing, the ending wasn't too hard to figure out and the main character in particular seemed to lack a lot of emotion. And actually, I think that was my main issue with this book - it's a bit flat, considering the topic and events in it. Nothing gripped me, nothing made my pulse race, nothing surprised me. And I don't think any book needs more than one scene where a woman has a pee under strange circumstances... ( )
  SadieBabie | Jun 23, 2018 |
The story requires a bit too much stretching of the line of what's believable to really work, and leaves off with a bit too many questions. Plus, I saw the ending coming way before the big reveal played out, which is always kind of disappointing. That said, it was engaging enough to keep me reading, has an opening scene that is honestly quite gripping (and disturbing), and is definitely a new take on a somewhat old story idea. So, still worth a read, though I am legitimately upset now about the dogs and everything. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Mar 25, 2018 |
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"A 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 fiances, 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"--

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