Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin
About the Author
Carrie Rubin is a physician, public health advocate, and award-winning author. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers association. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons. Her novels include "Eating Bull" and "The Seneca Scourge."
Fans of documentaries and fans of thrillers will both find something to live in this novel!
As soon as I found out this was a thriller, I knew I had to read it. Jeremy was an interesting character, and the problems he faced were the same ones a lot of people face nowadays. Namely, his weight issues and having to deal with the problems of diabetes and being overweight and out of shape. Put simply, he likes food.
Sue was probably the most ambitious member of the plot in that she wants to help sue the food industry for adding things to their food that make it addicting so that people can't stop eating it. She was compelling and really creatively drawn up as a character.
The serial killer was interesting, but he fell into a lot of cliches about exactly what we would expect from someone like him. That isn't to say he was poorly created, he just wasn't as interesting or unique as I would have liked for the purpose he fit in the story.
I will give this story a solid 4-star rating because it certainly was interesting and did a great job of dealing with social issues around weight and obesity. I would have liked for there to have been a little more action, but it certainly didn't let me down.
About the Book
A fight against the food industry turns deadly.
Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man’s drama.
Through fiction, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming, food addiction, and the food industry’s role in obesity.
“A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy’s coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder.”—Kirkus Reviews