The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich

The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich

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Title: The Hand That Feeds You: A Novel

Author: A. J. Rich

About the Book

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.

My Thoughts

Morgan Prager returns to her apartment at the end of the day to a grisly discovery. Her fiance, Bennett, is dead and it appears as though he was mauled to death by her three dogs. Understandably, she’s in shock as I’m sure most of us would be. After she is released from the hospital, she wants to connect with Bennett’s family and let them know about their son. The police could not locate them. It’s then she learns that Bennett was leading a double life. His name wasn’t even Bennett and she wasn’t his only fiancé. His past that he told her about was also a lie.

I felt for Morgan. Her beloved dogs appeared to have killed her fiancé. He lied to her about everything and she couldn’t even confront him to ask him anything about it! I don’t even know how I would react if I was in Morgan’s shoes.

I think the most heartbreaking part of the book to read was about Morgan’s dogs. She knew her dogs weren’t capable of doing what happened to Bennett. She described her one dog as being so gentle that he would take a treat from her hand with only his lips so he wouldn’t accidentally bite her. One dog was killed when the police arrived at Morgan’s place. The other two were placed on dog death row. Morgan had to fight in court to keep them alive. As an animal lover, this broke my heart.

Morgan needs to know the truth about Bennett and starts digging into his past. It’s then she discover some scary things. Bennett is connected to women being murdered and it also appears that Bennett is still alive?! Morgan knows that can’t be true since she was the one who discovered Bennett’s body. So who is pretending to be him?

It’s a mystery that keeps building throughout the book. I found it very engrossing and I got caught up in the story trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle. I figured it out towards the end before it was revealed in a kind of “a-ha” moment. It all started to make sense.

If you love a good suspenseful thriller, then you will likely enjoy The Hand That Feeds You. I hope that A.J. Rich writes more thrillers like this one!

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Stacie Vaughan

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