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A Love That Kills

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2nd March 2023

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474624374

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‘An empathetic and necessary corrective to the stereotypes peddled by so many sensational true crime shows’ Oprah Daily

Anna Motz is one of the most internationally acclaimed forensic psychotherapists at work today. For more than three decades she has treated women imprisoned for violent crimes. With candor, compassion, insight and a clear-eyed perspective Anna introduces us to eleven ordinary women who came to commit extraordinary acts, examining the fault lines that led to their crimes, and the sometimes perilous journey both therapist and patient take towards recovery.

Reviews

LISA APPIGNANESI
Judicious, compassionate, gripping, A LOVE THAT KILLS takes us on a journey into women's violence and the ways in which honed instincts and therapeutic knowledge allow a forensic psychologist to work with the hardest of cases. I couldn't put it down
GWEN ADSHEAD, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Clear eyed and compassionate, Anna Motz's expertise as a national and international commentator on female violence makes this a powerful read, which is moving in its compassion and hopeful in its message that it is possible to break the connection between trauma and violence
BARONESS HELENA KENNEDY QC
In this compelling book, Anna Motz, one of the most experienced of the world's forensic psychologists, examines complex criminal cases involving women. Insightful, brilliant and illuminating, she reveals the unspoken truth about women and violence
DAVID WILSON, author of MY LIFE WITH MURDERERS
Based on thirty years of practical experience of working with violent women, Anna Motz's extraordinary book is a visceral assault on the senses and rebuts almost everything that we have come to believe about women who kill and commit the most appalling of violent crimes
LUCIE WHITEHOUSE, author of BEFORE WE MET
Combining deep professional expertise with compelling writing, this is an essential read for anyone who wants to better understand why women commit the most extreme crimes. At times harrowing, Anna Motz's account is above all compassionate, an argument for why empathy and understanding are the key to breaking generational cycles of violence
Publishers Weekly
Female violence is often misunderstood because it counters "idealized notions of women as sources of love, nurture, and care," according to this visceral study from forensic psychotherapist Motz...This challenges and enlightens.
Kirkus Reviews
A forensic psychotherapist offers a series of moving case studies of female offenders....A well-considered and sobering look at the psychology of women who commit violent crimes.
Library Journal
A much-needed corrective to stereotypes about the reasons behind some women's acts of violence. This title spotlights highly personal stories of trauma, while signaling the need for systemic change.
Charlotte Fox Weber, author of WHAT WE WANT
I love this book. Motz is undaunted by the dark depths of life and my heart raced while reading it. She's courageous, compassionate and honest. Each chapter allows for surprising twists and turns in the nuances of human experiences and the pain of relationships. It's a riveting and fascinating book that's edifying and necessary. Motz explores heartbreaking agony and horror with respect and curiosity, and brings personalities and hidden stories to life
Ophrah Daily
An empathetic and necessary corrective to the stereotypes peddled by so many sensational true crime shows.
Hannah Dawson, author of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing
A LOVE THAT KILLS is fascinating, not only about women who commit violence, how so many of them have been subject to abuse themselves, but also on therapy as giving a "sense of home, being kept in mind". Always: we need a politics of care.
The New Yorker
A Love That Kills is not a boastful record of one success after another. Some patients do remain beyond Motz's reach. But her successes are moving because they give hope. They show that people can surprise themselves with change.
ARAMINTA HALL, author of PERFECT STRANGERS
A fascinating look at shocking crimes, which peels back the uneasy and destructive relationship we have to the very idea of women and violence. An important book which exposes these truths in the same way that THREE WOMEN did for female sexuality
PROFESSOR SUE BLACK, author of ALL THAT REMAINS
A fascinating book bursting with humanity. A LOVE THAT KILLS reminds us all that a wrong decision can change everything and teaches us not to judge without first understanding. What a tour de force