Saturday, December 29, 2018

Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen


Title: An Anonymous Girl
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published: January 2019, St. Martin's Press
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Publisher

Summary: 
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.



My thoughts: This is the sophomore novel by the writing duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and I have to say that while I really enjoyed their first novel, The Wife Between Us, I think this one is even better! It totally consumed me from the very first page and I found that once I started reading it, I could not put it down.

There are so many great things about this book, but I am just going to highlight a couple as I really do think you need to go into this book as blind as possible to enjoy it to its fullest extent. The first is that there is not one huge twist to this book, but rather there are many little ones and these tend to be rather subtle in nature. They will still make your head spin as they do alter what you thought was about to happen, but it's not a big in-your-face type of twist.

Another thing that I loved is that none of these characters are particularly likeable or the most reliable. And that makes it so much fun because just when you think you might be able to trust someone, you have to wonder if you really can or should. I love books like this, where I am constantly on guard and constantly wondering about the characters' motivations and this book definitely checked that box for me. 

Be forewarned that when you pick this book up - because let's face it, you so know you want to - you are going to have a really hard time putting it down once you start reading it. Just be prepared to not get anything done until you finish reading it...it's that good and that addicting!  This book is suspenseful and with a dark undertone that delivers on every level...I highly recommend it!!!


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  1. Great review!! I just finished this book today--I read the entire second half of the book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I agree about the characters--I spent most of the book irritated by Jess, but I coudln't look away from the crazy! I also liked that it had all the twists instead of a single big twist.

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