An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl

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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. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Publisher: New York, New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250224316
9781250133731
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pekkanen, Sarah - Author

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"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"[A]seamless thriller that will keep readers on their toes to the very end...Readers will enjoy the dizzying back-and-forth as they attempt to figure out just who to root for and as the suspense ratchets up to... Read More »


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becker
May 21, 2019

You're never sure who the bad guy is in this book which makes it a fun read, but honestly I found it a bit far fetched. If you love an unreliable narrator, then you should check this out for sure.

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EliK1
May 06, 2019

Enjoyed this from cover to cover. Holds your attention. Nice twists and turns. Great character development.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 06, 2019

Twenty-eight year old Jessica Farris is running low on cash, so she decides to participate in a study on ethics and morality when she hears she’ll be compensated $500. It seems like a bit of easy money, and it seems like a stroke of incredible when she’s selected for further testing with additional compensation. However, she quickly gets swept up in the study, and it soon becomes clear that there are more twisted motivations behind these experiments. This psychological thriller is dark and intense, and the alternating pov blurs the lines between truth and fiction, good and evil. Nothing is as it seems, and while Jessica is made to reflect on her own morality, readers are swept into wondering about the ethics of their own actions. Are you an ethical person? What motivates your actions? And how far would you go to hide your darkest secrets? @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mynovelesquelife
May 05, 2019

RATING: 1.5 STARS
2019; St. Martin's Press
(Review Not on Blog)

I was really liking this book for the first 30% and still kind of liking it till about 70-ish%. From there to when I finished I knew I would not read another Hendricks/Pakennen book. It was a bit like their first book, The Wife Between Us which didn't work for me. They have a great premise set up, and then there are arrows pointing to big twists coming. Instead it turns out to anticlimactic. The characters are not likeable and it makes it difficult to stay invested in the story. Overall, I liked the premise, but the ending wasn't executed well so the novel fell flat. I don't know if domestic suspense novels are for me anymore. I always seem to be expecting more.

***I received an eARC from NETGALLEY***

MegH_OshLib May 02, 2019

I had heard good things about these authors and their debut novel The Wife Between Us, so I was excited to dig into this one. It sounded very intriguing.

It was quick to read, which was something I needed right now, and the alternating POVs between the characters aided in that. And I really enjoyed that one of the POVs was in the second person, I think it adds to how creepy the situation is, and how twisted and delusional the character is.

They really hit you over the head with the book's theme of morality though. Which makes sense for at least one of the characters, to be so obsessed with it, but there were times where it felt a little much. I think Jess fell a little flat for me, just because she was very out of her depth. For her to match Dr. Shields in terms of intelligence is difficult. And as such, she comes across a little disjointed. Because she needs to be a bit of a detective, but it doesn't much suit her. And I understand the reasons why, in order to move the plot along, but I didn't really get a sense of personality from her as a result.

BUT I think this book serves as a good introduction for people looking to get into thrillers; it's very light on violence; it's not graphic or too explicit. Entertaining, and not too complicated.

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agolanka
Apr 28, 2019

This is a thriller with 'Girl' in the title so I know not to expect anything ground-breaking. That being said, An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a disquieting, page-turning, and fun psychological thriller heavy on the psychological.

The novel, told from two perspectives, revolves around a psychology study that quickly intensifies into a strange and obsessive match between the study’s participant, Jessica, and the psychiatrist in charge. The events are told in alternating chapters from Jessica’s first-person perspective and the psychiatrist’s second-person point of view observing Jessica. This added to the unease and feelings of being watched I felt throughout An Anonymous Girl. The novel is somewhat reminiscent to Side Effects, one of my favorite thriller movies, which may be a big reason for my favorable view of the book.

Some suspension of disbelief is required in relation to the characters’ choices and some tropes and not so subtle writing has to be overlooked, but An Anonymous Girl creates an effective atmosphere that leads to an absorbing result.

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4pril21
Apr 12, 2019

I had high expectations after TWBU, but "An Anonymous Girl" fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the story build-up to go some where, but there was no twist or climax that blew me away. I also didn't feel there was any conclusions to many of the story plots (Jess' family, Noah, April's mom).

Not a BAD book, but not one that gave me the "wow" factor Greer Hendricks first book did.

Bonus 1/2 star for a character named April - it's fun to read your name in a book!

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abbydog2
Apr 11, 2019

Amazing book that is hard to put down. Chilling story about a woman in a college pscyh study and the professor who is running it. Highly recoomend

JCLKariE Apr 03, 2019

I could not stop reading this book! It's addictive and fast-paced. The twists and turns are even more intense because of the alternating, unreliable narrators. You don't know who to trust until the end. Clear your schedule and get ready for your newest obsession.

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sandywu1
Mar 29, 2019

Really captivating start but the storyline kind of plateaued midway. The "twist" was very predictable and I kept on hoping for something a bit more shocking in the end.

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