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The Venus Fix - Erotic Psychological Thriller (The Butterfield Institute) [Kindle Edition]

MJ Rose
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. From high-profile clients with twisted obsessions to courageous survivors, the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary to heal battered souls.

Morgan Snow's newest patient is a powerful, influential man -- secretly addicted to watching Internet Web cam pornography. He's not alone in his desires. She's also working with a group of high school teenagers equally and dangerously obsessed with these real-time fantasies.

Fantasies that are all too accessible.

Then the woman start dying online, right in front of their eyes.

Now it's all about murder.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the latest series entry from Rose (The Delilah Complex) to feature psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow, a string of murders is plaguing Manhattan, and sexy sex therapist Snow's new patient—a powerful judge with a reputation for being fair and an addiction to Internet pornography—is at the top of the suspect list. While Morgan works with patients addicted to real-time Web cam fantasy girls, someone is killing off the online girls and broadcasting their slow, grisly murders on their own Internet feeds. On the case is Det. Noah Jordain, who maintains a shaky romance with Snow. Soon the investigation is giving their already strained relationship a good rattle, pitting Morgan's professional duty against Noah's. Though creepy letters from the killer to "Dearest" break up the first-person narrative with stabs of dread, this psychological thriller is less thrilling but more thoughtful than the typical genre exercise. As in Rose's first two series entries, Morgan charms as a sex shrink who's seen it all, and the grisly details and bold sexual content blend nicely with themes of family, love and friendship to form a solid whole. (July)
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"Cleo is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction Rose painstakingly constructs." -- Publishers Weekly on The Halo Effect

"M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." -- Laura Lippman, bestselling author of To the Power of Three

"Rose writes erotic better than just about anyone . . . and does thrillers just as well as the big boys." -- BookBitch.com

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  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZGG42
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Webcam venuses August 29, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Venus Fix" is a schizophrenic novel, a multi-strand thriller with erotic overtones.

At its center is sex counselor Dr. Morgan Snow. While her boyfriend, New York police detective Noah Jordain, is investigating the murder of an online performer, who died in agony during one of her shows, she's treating patients who may have a connection to the case. One is a mystery man who needs therapy for his addiction to Internet webcam shows, while the other is a group of teens from the same school.

Rose has said in interviews that she wanted the novel to reflect accurately the trauma caused by Internet sex addiction, and she has done so effectively, showing the lure of graphic images on the part of the men, and trauma such behavior inflicts on the women in their lives, and the girls who feel pressured to imitate the looks and behavior of porn stars.

But depicting behavior is not the same thing as telling a story. While the patients struggle with their obsessions and the murders of the sex performers follow the thriller template, the far more compelling story lies with Snow's personal life. Morgan and Noah, each with enough emotional baggage to fill a 747, feel their way toward a hopeful greater intimacy, which is threatened when Morgan's ex-husband returns, wanting to make things right with her. Morgan also has a problem with her daughter, who at 13 is acting in a Broadway play and has the potential of making a career out of acting. To Morgan, who saw her actress-mother self-destruct, this is unacceptable.

It is Morgan Snow's struggles to find her place in a relationship, to retain a connection with her daughter and her need to protect herself from her patients' traumas that give "The Venus Fix" its kick.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the year's best thrillers August 5, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An erotic thriller isn't the kind of book you'd expect to find on most guys' reading lists. But most novels of this type aren't as good, and as universal, as those written by M.J. Rose. Any reader, man or woman, who enjoys a sexy, suspenseful read would be advised to pick up one of her books.

Rose's latest, "The Venus Fix," features the return of sex therapist Morgan Snow, a single mom and top-notch professional in her field. In a wonderfully-crafted plot, Snow is counseling a group of teenagers who are addicted to live Internet sex shows. When someone starts killing off the performers, while the boys watch, Snow is drawn into the investigation.

The plot of "The Venus Fix" is fresh and intriguing, but it is the characters that push this thriller to such a high level. The relationships that fill it -- mother-daughter, doctor-patient, girlfriend-boyfriend -- are so well-developed and so real that the story takes on considerable power and poignancy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Jenny Salyers January 25, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Morgan Snow, sex therapist at the well known Butterfield Institute in New York City, has a new patient. He is an extremely influential and powerful man that she only knows as "Bob." His problem is an extremely strong addiction to watching internet porn of the web-cam variety. He is not the only patient that Dr. Snow has. She is also running a group session for a small group of teenagers, at a prestigious high school, who are all obsessed with the same type of internet fed sexual fantasies.

Then the women creating these fantasies start to die while performing. Suddenly, The N.Y.P.D. is fielding hundreds of phone calls from across the country. Phone calls made by the men who were watching as these women became sick and died. Dr. Snow's work becomes entangled with detective Noah Jordain's investigation as he tries to unravel the riddle behind the murders. All the victims are purveyors of the web cam porn industry. Also, all the victims are employed by the same company. What other connections tie the victims together?

The clues point towards Dr Snow's new patient. However, new evidence comes from an unexpected source and changes the focus of the hunt. Can they find the real killer in time, or will more women die?

The Venus Fix is M.J. Roses third book in the Butterfield Institute series. As a newcomer to this series, I found it easy to fall into Dr. Snow's world and sensibilities. M.J. Rose has crafted a story that pulls its elements from seedier aspects of society and combines them with well crafted events to make a quick, enjoyable, thrill-filled story. Being fairly new to the mystery/thriller world, I was unaware of M.J. Rose's reputation for writing that is a bit sexual, raw and underground.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touches on serious issues February 9, 2012
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An avid mystery/thriller reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The storyline is interesting and while the end is not exactly surprising it is not a disappointment either.

Rose's protagonist Dr. Morgan Stone is not just a cardboard heroine but a complex character, and the author does a good job describing her feelings and actions. Most other characters are given the same level of attention, enough to make them feel real but not enough to distract the reader.

What makes the book especially interesting and to stand out is that it manages to touch an important issue: the unrealistic expectations today's teenagers have and the pressures they face due to exposure to Internet porn. Once again, many of the reactions and replies of the teen characters are spot on.

I would give the book 5 stars but for some of the stereotypes that clash with the otherwise well-developed characters. There is the Wise Older Woman whose main reason of existence is to smile quietly and tell the protagonist that she will find the answers to her problems from within herself. And there is the Sexy Policeman who is from New Orleans and thus plays jazz, collects fine art, cooks gourmet food and peppers his speech with words like "Cheri", just like every other New Orleans policeman in fiction (seriously, New Orleans police department must have very specific hiring principles).

All in all, a solid and entertaining read, with enough contact to real life to make the story believable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I'm not really into this particular genre but I stuck with the story because it was interesting and well written.
Published 26 days ago by GeekyGirl 74
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good read, I did not lose interest at any point during the reading of the book. I like the characters and look forward to reading more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Aimee Cettin-Wolfe
4.0 out of 5 stars the Venus Fix
This book kept me thinking. Subtle twists and turns were hard to foresee. The depth of the characters was intriguing and kept me reading.
Published 2 months ago by Dove473
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A brilliant rendering of love in so many different facets: the soulful ones and the most deranged ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tanya william
4.0 out of 5 stars I would have given it 5 stars but in a few spots it was slow.
This was a great story line and I thought it was very well written. The characters were interesting and it honestly kept me guessing until the end who the villain was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by momster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and intriguing
Well written, realistic. Very well written and good development of plot and characters. Series well researched if you like to see the psychology behind plot
Published 5 months ago by Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I have read all M.J. Rose books and her premise is wonderful. Some of the graphic details may not be appreciated by many; however, they seem to fit into her stories without too... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judith
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd read it again
Just the right amount of suspense in this book. I also like the way the character's family drama is intertwined with the storyline- somehow that 'makes it real'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeannie C
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one by Rosé
This is the third in the series ( The Butterfield Institute) and once again, like the other two, did not disappoint. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dlesquire
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome quick read
I love Morgan and Noah. I hope there are more books, so their relationship can continue. This was the first "who done it " book that I have ever read where I hadn't figured out... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nellie
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More About the Author

M.J. Rose (www.mjrose.com) grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

Her most recent novel SEDUCTION (Atria/S&S May 7 2013) was chosen Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine and was chosen as an Indie Next Pick. Her next novel, THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS will be released April 8, 2014.

Her non-fiction has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com

The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization's co-president.





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