An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen
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Pub Date 07 Feb 2019 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2019
Pan Macmillan, Macmillan
From Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the authors of the top ten bestseller The Wife Between Us, comes An Anonymous Girl - an electrifying novel about doubt, passion and deadly obsession . . .
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 is real in her life, and what is one of Dr Shields’s manipulative experiments.
Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
"Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Masterfully escalates the suspense...keep[s] the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up." ―Booklist (starred review)
"For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morality and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love." ―Library Journal (starred review)
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Thank you to Netgalley, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen and Pan MacMillan for my arc of An Anonymous Girl.
I read The Wife Between Us last year and it left me reeling. It was so incredibly shocking and thrilling that I could not resist reading the second novel by these authors.
An Anonymous Girl is similar in style, in that it is a thriller with shocking twists but different in the storyline. Jess is an MUA with a disabled sister and a family trying to scrape it together. In other words, she needs money badly, so when she finds out about a psychological study about ethics and morals, which is prepared to pay $500 just for the answer a few questions, she can't resist.
But soon the study becomes more than that as the mysterious Dr Shields begins asking Jess to do more and more for the sake of the study. Jess is told what to wear, where to go and how to act in a series of experiments which bend the moral code. Jess begins to realise that not all is as it seems and she has been caught in the middle of a web of deceit and jealousy and an obsession that won't let go.
I found this book to be a very quick read mainly because I couldn't put it down. I turned the pages until I got to the end because I just had to know what happened. I really liked Jess as a character and empathised with her situation, Dr Shields made a fantastic villain. I think to write a convincing female villain in a story shows real skill and it was very well done. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this thriller writer duo.
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