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Title: An Anonymous Girl
Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.28
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.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
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.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
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.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
Jessica, a makeup artist in New York City, finds out about an ethics study that pays the participants well. At first, Jessica believes it a way to get some quick, easy money. However, the researcher, Dr. Shields, takes an interest in Jessica and decides to use her as a subject in a personal project. As the project continues, Jessica becomes suspicious of Dr. Shields and her research project.
This novel is told with alternating points of view – Jessica and Dr. Shields. Jessica Farris is in her late twenties, single, and working to make ends meet. Dr. Lydia Shields is accomplished and well-respected in her field of study. Both women have secrets in their lives.
An Anonymous Girl is written by the same authors who wrote The Wife Between Us. When I find authors that I enjoy, I tend to jump at the chance to read more by them. This newest novel by the duo delivers just as well as their first book.
An intriguing domestic suspense. Full of betrayal and obsession. Captivating, clever, and suspenseful.
I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.