Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

39863515Title: An Anonymous Girl
Authors:   and 
384 pages, published January 8, 2019
St. Martin's Press
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:
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.

I enjoyed The Wife Between Us and was excited to receive Hendricks and Pekkanen's second novel from the publisher! My undergrad was in psychology so this one grabbed me from the beginning and kept me hooked.  By the time I got halfway through the book, I literally did not stop reading. Though I was irritated with Jess for much of the book (I wanted to shake her and yell "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!") I just couldn't put it down. Like Jess, I was sucked into the crazy story and couldn't look away from the wreckage. Who can she trust? What can she do? How will this end?  I couldn't stop reading because I needed answers!

The book was told alternately from Jess's point of view and Dr. Sheilds' point of view, which did give some insight into the story. Dr. Sheilds' portions were written as if she were talking or writing to Jess, which felt awkward to me, but perhaps that was the point. It added to how creepy and weird the whole thing was.  An Anonymous Girl is a fantastic, edge of your seat, ignore everything around you until you finish it psycological thriller! Don't miss this one!
 

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