An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published by St. Martin’s Press on January 8, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 384
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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. 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. 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.
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 sophomore novel by duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Their debut, The Wife Between Us, took me by such surprise with how much I loved it, so when I discovered they were coming out with a second book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Let me just come out and say it: this did not disappoint. The authors have a tone and style that is specific to them and it really worked in this book. It’s told from two perspectives, and each one had a clear voice. The use of second person narrative also helped to delineate the two points of view while also drawing the reader in, making the events feel more personal.
This story starts out fairly simply, building tension and complexity with each chapter. I started reading this on my phone in between other books and wound up reading the entire second half in one night when it wouldn’t let me put it down. The plot was interesting and fast-paced, with characters that rang true.
I don’t know how Hendricks and Pekkanen work together to create their books, but something about it really works for me. An Anonymous Girl was a riveting story of love and morality and I would gladly read anything else they come up with. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, I definitely recommend giving it a shot!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.