Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Julie's Review: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Series: None
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 384
Obtained: publisher
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4.5/5
Bottom Line: Trust and Betrayal at its best

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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. 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? From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone. 

Review: Everyone has secrets but would you be able to reveal your deepest secrets or thoughts to a stranger that is a psychologist? Is anonymity enough for you to feel comfortable?  Which then ask, are you ever really anonymous? Jess enters the study on a whim to get some free money for a couple hours of questions. She had no reference on what it was on but figured it couldn't do much harm. That is until the questions start digging a little deeper making her reveal things she hadn't even revealed to anyone else.

Things quickly escalate so that Jess is doing things that go beyond her comfort level but she also feels that she doesn't want to let Dr. Shields down. So she keeps doing her tests even if she was also questioning the point. As the pieces of the puzzles start to come together Jess has to figure out how to get herself out of the situation without collateral damage.

Dr. Shields is unstable and using her position for her own reasons with no regard to ethics and morals which is ironic given what kind of study she was supposedly running. She might be unstable but she is still brilliant and manipulative.

How will Jess compete with a professional cat and mouse game? Will she ever get one step ahead and free herself? What cost will it come with?

This will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering if Jess will step up to the challenge and get the best of Dr. Shields.

The writing duo of Pekkanen and Hendricks have done it again with another psychological thriller.



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