Title: An Anonymous Girl
Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Page Count: 372
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us
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.
An Anonymous Girl is the second psychological thriller that Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have paired up to write and boy, oh boy, do these two make quite the team. After reading The Wife Between Us last year I knew I had to have a copy of An Anonymous Girl and thankfully it did not disappoint in the least.
Jessica Farris had always wanted to work in theater as a make up artist but instead finds herself traveling around the city making up bored housewives before their big nights out to pay the bills. When one of her house calls ends up being two college girls getting ready for a night at a club Jess overhears a phone call about a survey. Knowing she could really use he cash Jess decides to take the place of the student.
Arriving at the designated location Jess only needs a couple of little white lies to work her way into the study but as she sits down at her computer it’s almost as if the mysterious Dr. Shields can see right through the computer screen. Before Jess knows it she is done with the online survey and Dr. Shields is offering her more money to help with further testing.
For anyone having read the first book these two authors co-wrote you probably remember the shocking twists the most, well don’t worry you haven’t seen the last of those from them just yet. An Anonymous Girl seemed to be very similar in format to The Wife Between Us in the fact that after each section I would be left thinking what the…?? So yes, it’s another book that just makes me want to scream “They all did it!!!” since you never know who to trust. Definitely recommend checking this one out and if you haven’t done so yet go back and grab their first too.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the authors:
GREER HENDRICKS is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us. Prior to becoming a novelist, she spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. She obtained her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Allure, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
SARAH PEKKANEN is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of eight previous solo novels and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us. A former investigative journalist and award-winning feature writer, she has published work in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is the mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.