A compelling psychological suspense novel that draws you in with a survey on ethics and morality and keeps you on the edge of your seat as the survey turns into a dangerous experiment.
When Jessica Farris, a striving make-up artist, signs up for a psychological 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 the questions are about morality and ethics and quickly become intense and invasive. “Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?” is only the first of many she has been instructed to answer honestly. She does and then she is invited back for more. Jesse accepts because really needs the money to make ends meet. Eventually Jesse meets with Dr. Shields directly, and Jesse therapeutically shares some of her deepest secrets with her. Next their sessions become outings where Jesse is told what to wear and how to act. She begins to feel as though she may have told Dr. Shields to much. Dr. Shields seems knows exactly what she’s thinking and what she’s hiding. As Jessie‘s paranoia grows it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields experiments. Caught in the web of deceit and jealousy, Jesse quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly. AN ANONYMOUS GIRL was written by the authors of the bestselling thriller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah
This book took my breath away. My heart was racing when I closed the back cover. It’ a perfect book to read in the winter while next to a warm fire and covered in a soft cuddly blanket. You are going to need the comfort, because it gets crazy.
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL is a haunting tale, where Dr. Shields is always two plays ahead of Jesse in a game of chess. Jesse frustration and angst was palpable. You can’t help but cheer for her, and hope she wins.
The story was skillful crafted and carefully plotted. It was totally enthralling and hard to put down. Chapters narration alternates between Jessica and Dr. Shields. point of view. The writing was superbly detailed with descriptions of settings, clothing, and dialog. The main characters were intriguing from the very first page. I loved Jess and her vulnerabilities, which is what propel this story and made it so good. It a dark and suspenseful story of love and betrayal, and ethics, morality and obsession. Put this on your 2019 reading list now.
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
Published January 8, 2019