I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – Thanks to them and Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy!
Title: An Anonymous Girl
Author/s: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 7th Feb 2019
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.
I read, no DEVOURED this book in a day – I started reading in the morning and finished the same evening. That’s how utterly engrossed I was.
I’ve been desperately searching for a thriller that would be on the same wavelength as The Girl on The Train as I really enjoyed that book and haven’t managed to find one that is quite as unpredictable and exciting…until I read this book that is.
An Anonymous Girl is an incredible psychological thriller which will keep you turning the page and sneaking a read whenever you can. The pace is great, even in the quieter moments the atmosphere of unease and suspense continues and in the truly shocking twists, which come around every corner! A reader definitely won’t leave this forgotten on the nightstand.
This is definitely a book where no plot details can be spoiled – it simply wouldn’t have the same impact if you knew what was to come. So I won’t be giving many details but here are some of the high points for me:
- Characters – While you can’t help but root for the main character Jessica, and I enjoyed her intelligence, vulnerability and overall personality – Dr. Shields has got to be one of the most compelling and deeply unsettling characters I’ve come across in Fiction. She has a presence which can ensnare and basically, still waters run VERY deep. I liked that there were two female protagonists who are given equal focus and whose voices shape the narrative.
- Twists galore – This is one of those books that just when you think you’ve got things figured out, you’ll get thrown a curveball and re-evaluate it all. I absolutely love books which are unpredictable.
- Writing style – I’ve not read Greer Hendricks or Sarah Pekkanens books before but consider me a fan. This book was so well written and gripping and no words are wasted. Will definitely be reading their other book soon.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy dark and twisty thrillers. I can see An Anonymous Girl being massively popular on it’s release early next year and deservedly so. This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.
★★★★★ – 5 Star Rating
Does An Anonymous Girl sound like a book you’d read? Do you enjoy a dark thriller? Or do you prefer a lighter read? Would love to chat in the comments!
Until next time,