Hello, fellow readers! It has been several hours since I finished An Anonymous Girl, and I finally feel like I am able to put my thoughts in to words. I am sad to say that I missed Hendricks and Pekkanen’s debut release, The Wife Between Us, but I will definitely be adding it to my TBR after finishing their second book.
I was provided an ARC of this title from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review.
Description: Jess is a down on her luck young woman living in New York and working as a makeup artist. Her parents think she is working on Broadway, but she is too embarrassed to tell them the truth about her current job. During one of her makeup sessions with two college girls, Jess learns about a psychology study at the local university. The study pays very well, and Jess is desperate for money. Jess shows up to the study the next day and manages to talk her way in to the study with the mysterious Dr. Shields. The study begins innocently enough with Jess answering open ended questions on a computer in an empty classroom. Jess really begins to open up to Dr. Shields. Eventually Jess is the sole focus of this study on ethics and morality and is pulled in to a twisty game of lies and deceit.
What I Liked: The book alternates between Jess and Dr. Shields’ perspectives, which kept the story fast paced. It was interesting to know what was going on from both sides of the story, especially for a psychological suspense novel. Every time I thought I had figured out the story, the next chapter would drop a bombshell and I was clueless all over again!
Dr. Shields was a fascinating character because you never knew her next move. I was constantly surprised by each plot twist (and there were alot of them!), but the story never felt complicated.
What I Didn’t Like: The book is a little on the long side at 371 pages, but I never felt bored while reading it. But given the length of the book and the slow burn leading up the ending, I was a little let down by how the story wraps up so quickly.
Final Thoughts: An Anonymous Girl was one of my top ten books of 2018. I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Hendricks and Pekkanen really nailed the story and kept me guessing until the very end.
An Anonymous Girl will be published January 8, 2019. You can choose it as your BOTM in December or you can preorder it from BookDepository here. A small percentage of your order goes to supporting my blog.