The authors of The Wife Between Us are back with another collaboration, and it’s every bit as good as the first. In An Anonymous Girl, Hendricks and Pekkanen tell us the tale of Jessica Farris, a struggling New York makeup artist who signs up for a psychological study as a means to earn some quick cash. Doctor Shields’ study on ethics and morality turns out to be far more involved than the question-and-answer sessions Jessica expected them to be, and it isn’t long before she begins to question whether events in her life or real, or just another manipulation of the enigmatic Doctor Shields.
Like many readers of their previous book, I had high expectations for engrossing read that would keep me on the edge of my seat. The talented duo definitely delivered on both counts, keeping me on my toes with surprising twists that had me frantically rereading previous portions of the book in a bid to see if I’d missed any hints that the story was headed in that direction.
I’m not going to discuss specifics of the story in this review, because knowing anything more than what it given in the blurb would ruin all the fun of reading this twisty novel for those who are interested in it. What I will say is that I found the premise of a morality study to be unique and more than a little fascinating. The questions Jessica had to answer in the initial stages of the study often made me pause to consider what my own answer would be, if I were in her place, and the personal introspection sparked by events in the story made the novel even more enjoyable for me. There’s nothing I love more than a book that makes you think!
This book firmly places Hendricks and Pekkanen on my must-read list. They excel at creating captivating stories that blow me away with incredibly tense situations and shocking reveals that are completely unpredictable, and I can’t WAIT to read their next book!
About the Book
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.
About the Authors
GREER HENDRICKS is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us. Prior to becoming a novelist, she spent two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. She obtained her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Allure, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.
SARAH PEKKANEN is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of eight previous solo novels and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us. A former investigative journalist and award-winning feature writer, she has published work in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is the mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.