An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publish Date: January 8,2019 by St. Martins Press
Pages: 384 Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
My Rating: 3.5
“We all have reasons for our actions. Even if we hide the reason from those who think they know us best. Even if the reasons are so deeply buried, we can’t recognize them ourselves.”
Like I’m sure many people do, I normally buy a book for its cover. Even though, I did not buy this book since its an ARC the cover is the main reason why I am so excited about reading this.
I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers and suspense stories lately, and that cover made it seem like it would be an excellent read. Which is why I feel a little letdown. I’m not sure if it was just me slowly reading(I’m trying to break myself out of this slump) or if the story was just slow moving. The book begins having you read an invitation to a study that is being conducted for women between the ages of 18 – 32. It is a research study on ethics and morality. Jessica who is a make-up artist is at a clients house one day when the client Taylor tells her friend about a being invited to fill out a questionnaire for $500. Since Jessica needs the money, she needs up showing up for the appointment the next morning and gets invited back the next day to participate in the study some more. She finds the questions to be a little unnerving because she is harboring a secret that’s she has felt guilty about for many years. This all gets me interested so far, I like where the story is going. Then I just find it odd how much she seems to be overly fond of Dr. Shield, the therapist who is conducting the study. So fond that she is willing to expand her participation by doing real-life experiments. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers since there are a few months before this book is released so I’ll just get into what I really thought about the book instead of giving you a summary.
Overall I really enjoyed the plot of the story, I just felt like it was a bit flat and the ending was a total disappointment. Maybe disappointment is the wrong word….. it was a fitting end I suppose, it just wasn’t how I thought it was going to end. There was soo much more that could have been done with this story. The way it was set up and the direction it was moving I was hoping for some more thriller. The cover says murderous and dangerous, but while reading it you wouldn’t have been able to pinpoint who those were for, is this making sense?
What I’m trying to say here is it was lacking something. It needed more thriller, more action it was a little slow paced in my opinion, and then it just abruptly ends and not in the way you would have thought it would.
I do recommend it, it was an overall good story, and the writing style was great.
Thank you St. Martins Press for giving me a copy!