Also by this author: The Wife Between Us
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 8th 2019
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers, Women
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. 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. 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.
An Anonymous Girl is the second book I’ve read by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and it’s also the second book by them that I can’t say a lot about without potentially ruining the story for you. Because of that, just trust me when I say that this book takes the “I don’t know who to trust” lens to a whole other level.
Jessica Farris is the main character although this story is really told from multiple perspectives. With that said Jessica’s actions really kick off what happens in this book. As a makeup artist in New York City, she isn’t really making a ton of money so when she hears about a paid psychology study being conducted by a mysterious Dr. Shields, she jumps at the opportunity to participate. Little does she know that there is something at the root of the study being conducted and as Jessica gets pulled deeper and deeper into the doctor’s world, she finds herself mixed in something that she never could have imagined.
Jessica is an interesting character. She’s had some traumatic things happen in her life that have pushed her to make some questionable decisions but ultimately, she is trying to move on and do things that will make things better for her and her family. Unfortunately, she can’t control everything and just when she thinks things might be taking a turn, she gets pulled into the world of Dr. Shields.
I’m not going to say too much about the doctor and her story because it would ruin the book but trust me when I say that I wasn’t clear on her motives until the very end. She takes Jess on some twists and turns but she never thought Jess would be one to deceive her and that is when things get really interesting.
If it tells you anything, I read this book in one day because I couldn’t even force myself to put it down. I really wanted to know how things were going to end up and every chapter revealed something new that made me want to turn the next page to see what else was going to happen.
If you are looking for a story that will keep you interested and wondering what will happen next, make sure you pick this one up when you can. Hendrick and Pekkanen have written some very interesting and twisted thrillers and I can’t wait to pick up whatever they write next!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.