Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

I just finished reading “Eating Bull” and I found it intriguing. Carrie Rubin does a fantastic job of capturing many of the complex issues around obesity all wrapped into a captivating thriller.

I loved Amy’s review and agree wholeheartedly so I’m reblogging here. Have a great week!



I know I’ve read a great book when I’m still thinking about it months after I’ve turned the final pages. Carrie Rubin’s Eating Bull is one of those books. It is a tightly crafted thriller, told from the point of view of three characters: Jeremy, an overweight, bullied teen whose favorite friend is food; Sue, the pubic health nurse on a mission to sue to food industry for their reckless manipulation of consumers; and, finally, Darwin, the mystery serial killer who is targeting the obese. It’s a mix of mystery whodunit, horror story, and public health crisis all rolled into one.

Many of the characters are suffering some past emotional trauma which is pulled into their eating habits. This backdrop makes these characters seem all the more human and vulnerable. I thought Carrie did a masterful job of telling a horrific story, alongside the complexities of food.

While eating…

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16 comments on “Carrie Rubin’s Novel EATING BULL and My Personal Food Connection

  1. says:

    I am looking for a good book to read !! I shall ! Cheers Cathy and Amy !


  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Good plug for Carrie … and I’ve told my wife (the avid reader in this house).

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Frank. I think she’d really like Carrie’s book. A great read as well as a great social commentary. And where have you been recently, my friend? I’ve missed your posts. But, I do think we all need a break. Thanks so much for stopping by.


      • aFrankAngle says:

        Still breaking … mainly staying away from posting, yet still visiting … but I haven’t written much. 😦 I may post something Thursday night/Friday, therefore could announce the next musical act.

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  3. Amy says:

    I agree, we are more conscientious about what to eat when we do home-cooking. Thank you for the re-blogging, Cathy! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Elyse says:

    I’ve read the book. And like Bumble, it has stuck with me. So I heartily agree!

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  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Thanks so much for reblogging Amy’s post, Cathy! It was a great article, and I’m honored you’re spreading the word about my book. Made my day. Thanks again and have a good one! Hopefully you’ve hit spring in your neck of the woods too.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Spring has come and gone and come and gone this year, Carrie. We’ve had snow and 70s and snow and 70s and that’s Colorado in all of its glory! I loved your book and I congratulate you on the IPPY award. It is well deserved.

      I loved “Eating Bull.” You bring sensitivity and compassion to a subject that is rarely discussed. And I praise you for creating a cast of characters that are multidimensional. Even Darwin has a history that explains his psychopathy.

      I was talking with a client today who asked me if I had read Ken Follet’s “Pillars of the Earth.” My response was that I quit reading it when it became obvious that the antagonist had no dimension but evil. I really dislike fiction that paints everything as black or white without acknowledging the grays. “Eating Bull” shows the strengths and weaknesses of its characters in a light that is human and believable. Kudos for a great thriller with an important message.


      • Carrie Rubin says:

        Thanks so much for that, Cathy. It’s funny because there’s a discussion about my book on an online book club right now, and I’m surprised how many readers liked Darwin. Not ‘liked’ liked, but liked him as a villain. That’s always good to hear. Making a villain not appear one-dimensional can be tricky.

        I figured that’s the weather you were getting in Colorado. I’ve seen some FB updates from my niece that say the same!

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  6. I could not agree more! This book totally sucked me in, and held me from page one, until the amazing finish. Just fabulous!

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