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 30, 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.
©2015 A.J. Rich (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
I am at a loss to understand how two experienced writers could produce such a mess. I caution potential readers not to be taken in by the premise, which is interesting, nor by the back story about the novel's genesis, which is poignant. The book itself is a hot mess.
Implausible, nonsensical and just plain bizarre. Here are just a few examples: A 30-year old protagonist whose cultural reference points are consistently those of people of the authors' generation. Passages of undigested psychological content just plopped in with not even an attempt to integrate them into the action. A denouement that is as perfunctory as it is unsatisfying. A villain who it is established very early is known by different people by different names, and yet, everyone seems to refer to him by the name by which he is known to the protagonist. At the conclusion, the murderer is charged in New York City with several crimes and murders, even though one of the murders was committed in Massachusetts, one on Long Island and one in Canada.
I heard about this book on npr. (well I think it was npr) and just had to read it.
Don't worry about the death that kicks off the story there is tons of dog love in this book. It isn't about bad dogs only bad owners.
I am simultaneously reading and listening to this book and am enjoying the story. I find the narrator totally inappropriate for this book, however. She sounds like she is reading a bedtime story or preparing a patient for hypnosis while saying words about about very traumatic events. Because I read many detective novels and mysteries, I will avoid books narrated by her in the future.
Wonderful storyline, kept me on the edge until the end. Narrator was very good and voice very easy to listen to.
if you are an animal lover, I mean an animal lover who likes animals more than people, you might enjoy this book. This story is lacking. There are way too many intricate and detailed scenes about dogs and Kennels. I think the story has some promise. I just think the writing is a bit off. I was disappointed.
It took 28.5/31 chapters to get to the "good part". I would not recommend this book to anyone.
This was an amazing story! If you like thrillers and want something where u can't stop listening... Buy this one! Amazing! Gripping edge of the seat book!! Loved it!!!
Sorry but this woman, the protagonist, is supposedly well educated. She doesn't do any simple background check zfrom the get-go to make sure people are who they say they are? She blindly accepts all they tell her as the gospel? Come on. That's the first big flaw with the story that I saw but I got over it because had she done any background checks as one would do in real life, there would be no story. The next item of disbelief is she thought her dogs did it. Come on again. She's a dog lover AND a rescues dogs and loses faith with her own dogs that quickly? The author could not convince me on that one. The story came and went for me. It had some good parts but a lot was disjointed. It has a good premise but could have been put together better. Maybe a better reader would have helped me suspend belief.
I don't write reviews as you can tell. And it's not that I don't want you to not read the book as it was not all that bad other than some glaring faults. Why didn't they fix them? It's kind of frustrating but does make for good conversation.
The ending does come together to quickly. It's too pat. I think I heard about this book on NPR. Think I'll stick to my usual Entertainment Weekly book reviews for my future book recommendations.
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