Paperback by Simon & Schuster, £7.99 (ebook £5.99)
Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment write under the name AJ Rich for this new novel The Hand That Feeds You. At first, this book seemed like it was going to be a slow burning crime tale, however, only a few pages in and the pace seriously accelerated.
The story centres around victim psychology student Morgan Prager, a dog-loving 30-year-old engaged to Bennett, the man of her dreams… or is he? When returning home one evening, Morgan is confronted with Bennett’s mauled body and her three dogs covered in blood. It’s not until Morgan tries to find Bennett’s next of kin that she stumbles across a web of lies and deceit, and Morgan’s life is about to get complicated.
Not only does the story focus on the animals, but also manages to keep the complex story of Bennett’s life intriguing enough to keep me reading.