Author [s]: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Pages: 372 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Photo Credit: Goodreads.com
*Thank you St. Martin’s Press for providing a free advanced readers copy of An Anonymous girl
The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.
I could not put this book down. It was such a page turner. Throughout the story, I was experiencing new twists and turns that I did not expect.
We are introduced to Jessica, who becomes Subject 52 in Dr. Shields morals experiment. Everything starts off as the way a typical odd experiment would go. Questions are asked and secrets as told. However, as Jessica becomes the prime interests in the experiment, the story turns more sinister. Jessica, as a character developed pretty well in the story line. At the beginning I wasn’t sure about her. She seemed a bit too naive to see some of the more obvious weirdness in the experiment. However, throughout the story Jessica uses this perceived obliviousness to her advantage and her character flourishes in a way that was unexpected. Granted, there could still be room for more development, but her character worked perfectly with the scenarios she was placed in.
What I enjoyed about the flow of the story line was how we were able to learn more about Dr. shields through the tasks and questions that were asked of Jessica. I understood her motives, although unethical and at times cringe-worthy, that allowed her to create the experiment and implement on the subjects at hand. Dr. Shields was a character! She was manipulative, mysterious, and calculative. Those characteristics made her more human which allowed myself as the reader to feel more on edge with the practices she was conducting.
The one character that I didn’t entertain much in was Thomas. I understood his role in the story but didn’t care much about his placeholder personality. This however, did not bring what I really enjoyed form this book. The plot was well written, and the authors knew when to add in the twist to have the reading turning that page feasting for the next gasp moment. I felt like I could visualize this occurring in real life which gave such eerie vibes. The story flowed well, and I understand where everyone was and why the next thing was set to happen. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a psychological and suspenseful page turner.
An Anonymous Girl is out in the world and ready to make you think: Should a punishment always fit a crime ?