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)
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 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. **