An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen was another one of my Book of the Month picks. I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said it is one of the best thrillers I've read so far in 2019. I expected a lot from this author duo after their first release together, The Wife Between Us, and they did not disappoint.
Jessica Farris is a twenty-eight-year-old make-up artist trying her best to make it. All she wants to do is make enough money to survive and help out her parents. When an opportunity to participate in a study on ethics and morality presents itself Jessica jumps at the chance. $500 a pop and guaranteed anonymity are too good a deal to pass up. Besides, how hard can answering a few questions be? As her involvement in Dr. Shields' study increases, it all proves to be more than Jessica initially anticipated. As Dr. Shields begins to invade more and more of Jessica's personal life, she begins to question what the actual point of the study is. The more Jessica digs, the more sinister Dr. Shields' intentions appear to be. Caught in a web of lies, infidelity, and concerned about the fate of the last subject Dr. Shields took this much interest in, Jessica must decide if being Subject 52 is worth the trouble, or her life.
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All in all
An Anonymous Girl was a fun ride. I knew I had an affinity for unreliable narrators but apparently, I have a thing for stories about untrustworthy therapist too. ( Read my review for The Silent Patient here.) Dr. Shields is the embodiment of the phrase "You can't judge a book by its cover". Her cool demeanor and classiness are like still waters over a treacherous current. Poor Jessica doesn't stand a chance against a mind that powerful. Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen write the kind of stories that make you wonder who's sleeping with who, who's cheating on who, and who killed who. I can spot a plot twist a mile away and I was still thoroughly entertained throughout the entirety of the book. Some chapters had my heart racing: I was genuinely concerned about Jessica's wellbeing. What happens to our poor protagonist in distress? Read it and find out, no spoilers remember!
I'd recommend Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl to any psychological thriller fans. Never read a thriller? An Anonymous Girl is a good place to start. It's entertaining, easy to follow, and while you may not see the end coming, there also aren't enough plot twists to annoy you. Click a link and order your copy today. Come back and let me know what you think.