An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 27th August 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“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?”
My Thoughts & Review
An Anonymous Girl focus on Jess (Jessica), who participates in a study on ethics and morals. But this study doesn’t turn out to be as simple as she thought it would. Instead Jess ends up in a web of manipulation and lies, and lines between real life and the study become so blurred that she starts to get really paranoid.
At the beginning I thought the book was a bit weird but then as the twists started to unravel everything started making sense. I’ve read a few books in this genre but I’ve never come across a plot like this one and I liked it, it was new and addictive. I haven’t read the first book The Wife Between Us by these duo authors, but I loved how they have written this book. It followed so effortlessly that when you actually read the book you’re not really be able to tell that it was written by two separate authors. In fact, I wouldn’t have guessed if the authors names weren’t on the front of the book. I also liked how the novel alternates between chapters narrated by both Jessica and Dr Shields.
I thought the characters were well created. There are three main characters in this book, Jess, Dr Shield and Thomas. My favourite was Jess, she was the innocent one in this messed up situation she had got herself into and Dr Shields, well she was a little messed up, yet she gets under your skin and you can’t stop thinking about her. Then we have Thomas well I still haven’t worked out if I liked him or not. But at one point in this book I thought both Dr Shields and Thomas were in on this study together, and Just didn’t know who to trust.
This was definitely an addictive read for me, I really couldn’t stop reading as I just wanted to know who it would all end. I wasn’t expecting the book to end the way it did, yet it was so satisfying.
If you’re looking for a dark, intriguing read with a hint of misguided love and obsession and some jealousy and deceit thrown in then I highly recommend you give this book ago.
I have added The Wife Between Us onto my TBR list and I will definitely be looking out for more books by these two authors.
(I swapped this book to fit the prompt NYT Bestseller for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews)
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