“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 fiancées, 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).
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An Amazon Best Book of July 2015: Thirty-year-old Morgan Prager is working toward a degree in victim psychology, engaged to Bennett, a seductive but mysterious man she met online, and living with her three dogs, including two rescued pit bulls, in Brooklyn. One day Morgan returns home from class to find her dogs covered in what looks like blood. She follows them into the bedroom where she stumbles upon Bennett’s corpse torn limb from limb, presumably by the dogs themselves. Grief-stricken and traumatized, Morgan sets out to inform her fiancé’s family of his horrific death. No sooner than she peeks behind her lover’s veil of mystery does Morgan discover that everything he told her was a lie on top of a lie — from where he was born, to where he lives, to what he does for a living. Worse yet, Morgan learns that she wasn’t the only woman caught in Bennett’s demented web. But when the others turn up dead one by one, Morgan’s search for answers takes a startling turn: No longer is hers a quest for closure, but an every-second-counts struggle to stay alive. If not Bennett himself, then who is killing the women who love him? Is Morgan next? Urgent, shocking and impossible to put down, The Hand That Feeds You is a seductive, satisfying psychological thriller about attraction, deception, and the extent some people will go to get what they want. Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment (A.J. Rich) have crafted a novel that begs to be devoured but tastes even sweeter when consumed slowly, sentence by gripping sentence. – Andrew EisenmanAbout the Author:
Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories: Reasons to Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage. Her Collected Stories was published in 2006, and was named one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. She has won many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an inaugural USA Foundation Fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story. She teaches writing at Bennington College and the University of Florida, and is a founding board member of two dog rescue nonprofit organizations: The Deja Foundation (DejaFoundation.org), and Morgan’s Place, a rescue in Connecticut. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and New York City.
Jill Ciment is the author of Small Claims, a collection of stories and novellas; The Law of Falling Bodies, Teeth of the Dog, The Tattoo Artist, Heroic Measures, and Act of God, novels; and Half a Life, a memoir. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a NEA Japan Fellowship Prize, two New York State Fellowships for the Arts, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Ciment is a professor at the University of Florida. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York.
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Book Description Charnwood, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1444827472