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.
An Anonymous Girl is the second novel from dynamic duo Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, follows hot on the heels of The Wife Between Us. But, if you’re expecting more of the same, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Jessica, a 28-year-old struggling makeup artist learns about a well-paying morality and ethics study from a client. When she discovers that Taylor is planning on skipping out on the appointment (cos who needs two new sweaters from rag & bone?), Jess decides she’ll attend instead. Once accepted, she takes her seat and starts answering questions from the mysterious Dr. Shields.
Told in two points of view, both Jess and the doctor, we’re pulled into the story immediately. Jess doesn’t sugarcoat her truth and answers what are, frankly, some pretty disturbing questions with little reserve. When Dr. Shields, fascinated by “Subject 52”, asks Jess to expand her participation in the study, Jess, despite her misgivings, readily agrees.
Be open and truthful, and avoid pivoting away from any embarrassment or pain the questions provoke.
And then things get even weirder. And creepier. And darker. And did I mention creepier?
Unlike The Wife Between Us, Hendricks and Pekkanen don’t give us one “big reveal” in An Anonymous Girl. Every time you think you’ve figured something out, you’re hit with just enough of a twist or revelation to set you back on your heels.
With unreliable narrators, a solid cast of those problematic characters we all love to hate, and some pretty nice pacing, you’ll be left with more than a few feels, even if you have to suspend a little bit of belief to get there (and that’s my only real issue with An Anonymous Girl). It was definitely a great book to kick off my 2019 reading life!
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