The Hand That Feeds You 

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       July 25, 2015

 

Author  AJ Rich

Distributor:       Booktopia/Amazon 
ISBN:                 9781476774589
Publisher:         Scribner
Release Date:    

Website:    http://www.simonandschuster.com.au 

Amy Hemple and Jill Ciment have combined to write this book under the name of A J Rich. It is hard to be precise about which genre to place the story in. It is a murder mystery, psychological thriller, and horror story all rolled into one.

The fascinating part here is that the hero, (Morgan) is completing her Master’s thesis on victim psychology. She is actively looking at predators in relationships, so she has an understanding of the complexities of human nature.

The story begins with an appalling death scene. The action is right there in gasping horror, and sets the tone for the rest of the story. The fact that this occurred in Morgan’s bedroom is chilling. Equally horrific is the fact that the victim is Morgan’s fiancé, Bennett. He has come into her life, and though he was rather controlling, he was also very chivalrous and passionate. He has told Morgan of his apartment, family and work but always chooses to stay with her.

Morgan’s brother, Steven, cares for her in his apartment while she decides on the actions she must take. Bennett’s family must be contacted, his apartment cleared and his work notified of his death. It is here that things begin to fall apart as it seems that Bennett has lied to her about his past. As well as coming to terms with his horrendous death, Morgan must now discover what mysteries lay behind the man she thought she knew, and why someone would want him so horribly killed.

As with people who have studied a topic intimately, Morgan is blind -sided by a person who has befriended her, a fact that the reader becomes uneasy about well before Morgan does.

In an ever twisting and turning plot, the story almost concludes with Morgan arrested for murdering a policeman, but one slip from a very cunning and skilled person reveals who was responsible for several deaths, as well as Bennett’s, and why they have pursued this sickening path of evil.