Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Book Title and Author: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Publication Date and Publisher: January 8, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: November 28, 2018 (paperback ARC review copy)

5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Review:

An Anonymous Girl has been the book that I’ve been waiting to read since the moment  I heard that it was being released…that’s how much I loved, loved, loved The Wife Between Us. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book so when a copy of it arrived on my front porch, I danced around my living room hugging the book, smelling it, and squealing like a teenager. You could say that I was in bookworm heaven! The only question I had in the back of my mind was could Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s sophomore novel live up to their intensely captivating debut??

Yes, yes, yes! And then some! It’s another brilliant, mind-blowing read by Hendricks and Pekkanen! This duo is absolutely phenomenal and what they write is just golden! I thought The Wife Between Us couldn’t be topped, but I was wrong because if anything, I believe that they have outdone themselves with their latest book. In my opinion, An Anonymous Girl is one of the best, if not the best, psychological suspense book that I’ve read in 2018.

This is an impossible book to put down because the plot is fresh, mesmerizing, and addictive. I devoured the pages well into the middle of the night until I was done reading! I had to know what was going to happen when Jess, a young New York City make-up artist, lies so she can participate in a paid ethics and morality case study run by the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Lydia Shields. Jess becomes Subject 52 and completely fascinates Dr. Shields with her answers to some of the questions leading her to decide that Jess is the perfect research subject to continue her study…one on one! I’m not going to tell you any more than that though because you really need to go into this book as blind as possible!

While The Wife Between Us had those insanely huge twists that everyone talked about, An Anonymous Girl has twists that are much subtler but still manage to smack you in the face and leave you breathless. They come across as devious and clever while leaving you trying to figure out what is going on since the story is a complete puzzle at times. I didn’t have all the answers like I usually do when I read suspense novels, and that shows these two writers not only have exceptional talent but have some mad tricks up their writing sleeves to keep readers fooled and entertained until the end!

There must be something about this duo because last year, I couldn’t contain my excitement about their book! Well, just like last year, I’m telling everyone you absolutely need to read their latest book!! It’s is definitely going to be at the top of my list of favorite books of the year!

An Anonymous Girl has everything that a perfect suspense novel should: the unreliable narrator, dangerous characters, lies, secrets, revenge, betrayal, a possible murder, and most of all an excellent plot and characterizations! You definitely don’t want to miss this book! And can I tell you how ecstatic I am to know that Hendricks and Pekkanen are at work on book #3?? I highly recommend you pre-order this one before it publishes on January 8, 2019!

**Thank you so much, Jordan, at St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an early copy to read in exchange for a fair and honest review. Also, thank you NetGalley who also approved me for an ARC copy for review. All opinions are my own. **

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45 thoughts on “Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

  1. i am not that far into this book yet, having just started it late afternoon….and then, despite my reluctance to set it down for even a few moments, I had to rest my eyes for a while. But I am loving it already.

    Thanks for your great review.

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    1. More than 5 stars if I could have given it! Most definitely! And I heard they are making it a TV series too by the same producers who did Sharp Objects, so that made me happy!! That’s one thing I’ll definitely watch! Thank you, Jen!! xoxo ♥

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      1. Me either! It should be really good! I did watch Sharp Objects, and I liked it although some of the changes they made were frustrating at times (if you didn’t read the book, it wouldn’t have bothered you because my hubby was wondering why I was annoyed, lol). I hope they don’t change too much of this one! xoxo ♥

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      2. LOL! I’m annoying when it comes to books turned to movies! I drive people who haven’t read it crazy with my complaints. You should have heard me with Harry Potter! I think I embarrassed my kids! Oh well…

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    1. Thank you, Mackey! These two make me super happy with their books, and I guess it just shows! I have loved both their books so much. I hope you enjoy it when you get it!!


    1. I thought of you when reading it, lol. I’m sorry you didn’t love it like I did but I hope their 3rd makes up for it!! They are making book 2 into a TV series; I’ll be interested to see how that is!


  2. Lol Stephanie! When I received book mail and no one is looking or home I dance around the house. My family just doesn’t get it!

    I am so glad to see you enjoyed this one. I am almost done! Please pop into the threads if you like. I miss hearing from you.

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    1. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one, Brenda! This was my 1st ever physical ARC and the book I’d most wanted to read all year, so I was extra excited when it showed up!! No, my hubby isn’t a reader at all, so he thinks I’m crazy for having all my books and getting excited over them…my entire Christmas list is book and he told me the other day they sure were boring gifts!! I was so mad, lol.

      It was sooo good! I read it in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down, but I stayed up till 3am to do that! I hope that you really are enjoying it!

      I will pop on as soon as I can-hopefully by the weekend because I read The Au Pair the other day and want to join in on the discussion on that one!

      I’m so sorry; I’ve missed being on there too! Final exams started last week, so its been chaos since then because I’ve had over 100 final exam essays to grade then have had to get everyone’s final grades in the gradebook by this Fri. I’m just glad my break starts this week…whew! I’ll make sure to pop on once I get a chance! 🙂

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      1. So far I am reading enjoying it and I am finishing it up today. I am starting Au Pair right after. I look forward to chatting when you have the chance!!

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  3. Your review stimulates my interest to the utmost, Stephanie. I have it and look forward to reading it since it does sound creative. Admittedly, I was not a fan of TWBU, but I’m hoping this one will turn me in a different direction. Great review!! Thanks for no spoilers. 😉

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    1. Funny you said that about TWBU because I’ve heard several people say that they didn’t enjoy that one but loved this one! They are really different in style, so maybe you will love it! I hope so and am glad that my review makes you want to read it! Thanks so much…and you’re welcome!! 🙂

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      1. Yeah….TWBU bored me and I’d actually considered DNFing it, but I finished it. In the end it was just okay for me. But if this one is different in style, I’ll give the authors a second chance. 😉

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      2. Oh no, lol. How funny that people can feel so differently about a book. I loved it so much, 😂. It is different. It’s more subtle with the twists although some of the story is a bit unbelievable. You are like…what?? Still, it was well written and I see so many people enjoying it. I hope you enjoy it too l!

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