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"Hendricks and Pekkanen are at the top of their game...You won't see the final twist coming." ―People Magazine
“Beware strange psychologists…the authors know exactly how to play on their characters’ love of danger to bring them to the brink of disaster - and dare them to jump off.” ―New York Times Book Review
Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.
Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.
Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.
Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist.
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People Magazine's Book of the Week
InStyle's "7 Books That You Should Resolve to Read This January"
HelloGiggles'"The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019"
Marie Claire's"The Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 (So Far)"
Good Morning America's "Great Gifts for the Holidays" round-up
Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter"
PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter"
Hypable's"Winter Releases You Can’t Afford to Miss"
Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club"
Bookbub's"Biggest Books of Winter"
Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019"
Bustle's Fiction Books Hitting Shelves in January 2019
Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers"
USA Today's"5 New Books Not to Miss"
"Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Masterfully escalates the suspense...keep[s] the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up." ―Booklist (starred review)
“Psychological suspense is a genre that needs to be handled with kid gloves...Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen seem to have mastered the formula...a creepy-crawly tale.” ―New York Times Book Review
"For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if moral and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love." ―Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
SARAH PEKKANEN is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of several novels of suspense including An Anonymous Girl and The Wife Between Us, and the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of over half a dozen solo novels. A former investigative journalist and award-winning feature writer, her work has been published in numerous national magazines and newspapers. She lives just outside of Washington, D.C. with her family.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (November 5, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250133750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250133755
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.54 x 1.11 x 8.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jess is a twenty-eight year woman living in NYC. She dreams of being a make-up artist for Broadway shows but for now, she works for Beauty Biz, a cosmetics company that sends make-up artists to people's homes to make them up for special occasions. Not exactly her dream come true, but if she works very hard, she can make enough money to pay her bills and occasionally send money to help with her younger sister, Becky's, medical expenses.
Jess dearly loves her sister Becky, who at age seven, suffered a significant brain injury which leaves Becky completely dependant on their parents and in need of various forms of extremely pricey physical and occupational therapy.
When she hears about an opportunity to participate in a study for a psychological professor at NYU, earning an easy $500 for only a few hours of work, Jess finds a way to finagle herself into this study. And, to add to her good fortune, the professor likes her answers so much, she offers Jess the chance to join an extended version of the study with an opportunity to earn even more money. What could possibly go wrong????? Oh, just wait. A lot goes wrong!I
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
This book drops little hints throughout, letting the reader know there is more to the story than they are currently being told. Little by little, the reader reader discovers the answers to the burning questions they have been DYING to know. We know Becky has a brain injury and that Jess feels guilty about the accident BUT we have no idea why and what happened until almost the end. We know someone in the book (or maybe more than one someone) is frighteningly off kilter, little clues are scattered out every so often but it's not until the end that we have the definite answer. The suspense is just so well done!!!! There are just so many revelations. I had no idea who to trust.
I loved the characters!! Jess was comp!ex and compelling. She was a decent person and easy to see as a sympathetic heroine, but she made her fair share of mistakes and was definitely flawed. Yet, I still liked her on every single page, even when she made a bad choice or two.
There are so many things to love about this book, I couldn't mention them all. It's so worth reading.
Jessica Farris is a makeup artist. She goes to clients homes and gets their makeup done for their night out. While at one client, a college girl, she hears of a psychological study a Dr Shields is doing on ethics and morality. It is a 2 day study for a couple of hours each day and all she has to do is answer questions. Do this and she will get five hundred dollars. And Jess can use the money, not only does she have her own expenses, but she is also helping her parents with her sister's medical bills. After the study is over Dr Shields asks Jessica to continue on with the study and she will pay her. At first all is great, Jessica is pretty much getting getting paid to go to therapy. But the further into the study she gets the more paranoid Jessica becomes. She starts to doubt if things in her life are real or part of Dr Shields' study.
And that is all I can say about this book. Best to go in not knowing much.
This is told from the POV of Jessica and Dr Shields. But they are both told very different. With Jessica's POV we have her thoughts about everything that is going on. With Dr Sheilds, it is like she is talking to Jessica and observing her. Dr Shields chapters were very creepy with the way they were presented. But I also did have a hard time getting the hang of reading them they way it was presented. But I could just heard the soft monotone voice of Dr Shields and it just made her jump off the page.
There was never a dull moment in this book. I was hooked from the beginning, just wondering where it was going to lead. Lots of little twists and turns that made even me wonder what was real and what was not.
I will say, reading this book did make me think about the moral and ethical aspect of the things we do in our everyday life.
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Sneaking into a study on morality, Jess opens up about her inner secrets putting her in a position she never expected. Once again I was kept intrigued and on edge whilst reading, unsure of which characters to trust and how the story might turn up. To be fair, my mind had come up with so many different resolutions that perhaps the real ending was a little anti-climactic, but overall a fabulous read.
This duo have definitely mastered the art of building suspense. highly recommend.
Twenty-eight year old Jessica is a freelance makeup artist. While visiting a client she learns of a study on morality being conducted by a prominent NYC psychiatrist. Anonymity is guaranteed as well as a generous fee. Constantly in need of money Jess gets herself into the study. However, as the study continues the questions became more intense. Then Jess is invited to attend private sessions. These then are supplemented by outings where she is assigned tasks.
I won’t say more regarding the plot as I find it is always better to approach this kind of novel with minimal information to allow for the shocks and twists to have maximum impact.
The novel alternates between chapters narrated by Jessica and the mysterious Dr. Shields. In the latter the reader gets more insight into her motivations. I found Jess very sympathetic. As for Dr. Lydia Shields, she is a very memorable character.
I was completely gripped by this novel and found it extremely hard to put down. It’s the first novel that I have read by these talented authors and I plan to read their earlier one as well as remain on the lookout for future projects.
Just to note that there were some editing errors that hopefully will be corrected by publication of the print edition.