An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl

eBook - 2019 | First edition.
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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."--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250133748
Branch Call Number: EXPRESS E-BOOK (HOLDS NOT ALLOWED)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (375 pages).
Additional Contributors: Pekkanen, Sarah - Author
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Alternative Title: Anonymous girl : a novel

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Eil_1
Oct 20, 2019

This was a relatively taut read, with suspense and surprise twists. Although it kept my attention, I was not terribly impressed. The psychiatrist is obviously obsessed with obtaining the absolute truth about her husband' fidelity, and unknowingly selects Jess as her 'detective' - a bad choice. The back and forth from Lydia to Jess becomes difficult to follow at times. Nevertheless, I am sure there are many women (not men) who would love this book.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

This was a taut and depraved look at one Woman's mind games imposed on another Woman's shame and vulnerability. The psychologist POV gave a sense of aloofness and supercilious observation, which was both clinical & menacing. This, in turn, amped up the sense of desolation and strain experienced by the protagonist. In some ways, I enjoyed this novel more than their previous offering, because the plot was enhanced by a cat and mouse quality, which was riveting. The climax could have benefitted from a more jolting twist; however, the final page offered a titillating surprise. Sarah & Greer are illustrating their deft storytelling within the thriller genre and raising their own bar.

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belinda129
Oct 02, 2019

Loved this! Finished it in 4 days so that's how you know I really like it. It was a great thriller but the only thing that let me down was the ending. I expected more resistance and was a bit disappointed.

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Adw555
Sep 18, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Who can be trusted???

When Jess lies her way into a research project on ethics and morals, she believes she is doing the right thing. $500 for two hours work will go a long way towards paying off some of her sister’s medical expenses. As a freelance makeup artist, she doesn’t make a great deal of money, so the project seems to be a gift from above. There’s no downside to this deception, right? Right?

The more deeply Jess becomes involved with the mysterious Dr. Shields, the more Jess worries...is she being judged? Are her morals socially acceptable after all? Or will this study reveal more than Jess wishes to share? And when Dr. Shield’s motivations are finally made clear, just what will Jess stand to lose??

PROS: Good storyline with a likeable and relatable main character.

CONS: The format was a bit annoying for me...the first person paragraphs were a bit confusing/off putting for me, and for that reason I found it difficult to become fully absorbed in this story.

YES or NO: It’s a YES, but I liked the first book from these authors much better - The Wife Between Us. Still, this one is a solid psychological thriller that devotees of the genre will surely enjoy.

4 Stars

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0007548100dmw
Aug 05, 2019

A very good "can't put down" psychological thriller. Absolutely keeps one on the edge of your seat throughout the book.
One of the best books I have read lately.

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TripodSnowDog
Jul 10, 2019

This is one of those amazing, can't-put-it-down, invades-your-every-thought kind of book. It's creepy, it's fascinating, and most of all, it is superbly well-written.

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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
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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***

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