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The author created a plot with many twists and turns, and it is utterly believable. Be prepared for the hair on your neck to stand up on end. It is truly a murder mystery.
I read this book immediately after reading "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn, so the bar was set pretty high. I read the Wife Between Us by this duo years ago, and while the twists and turns of that book were pretty far fetched, they were far more interesting than the "thrilling" moments of this book. While I think that An Anonymous Girl has an interesting concept, I found that the authors frequently over explained and over dramatized what were pretty simple and ordinary moments, which lead to the book also seeming rather far fetched and hard to read at times.....like, rolling my eyes hard to read.
The most thought obviously went in to creating Dr. Shields character (and she is a really complex and well thought out character), but other than her, the other characters in this book are very dull and kind of.....well, awful. Even Jess, a main character in this book, has such as dull dialogue and is so downright unintelligent at times that it's infuriating.
The book really picked up in pace about halfway through, and did get to a point where it was thrilling to wonder what the purpose of this madness was. But when the ending came and the "mystery was solved" I was super disappointed. For a 371 page book with such an intense build up, the ending was really the least intense part of the entire book.
It's not the worst book, but it's really not great either. As far as thrillers go, I would definitely recommend other books before this one.
I don’t know.......I was expecting a little more from this book. I was hoping for a twist or a “gotcha” at the end, but it kept the same tone throughout and didn’t waiver at all. The first few chapters can tell you how the last few chapters will read. Very anticlimactic.
An Anonymous Girl was a wonderfully dark and suspenseful novel about love, anger, betrayal, morality, and obsession. Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks have done it again!
Absolutely loved the plot twists and turns that this novel offered. The only complaint I would have is the ending- it seemed almost rushed. BUT overall a great read.
It’s an interesting psychological study for the first half of the book. Then it slows down, degenerating into the panicked heroine cliché until an abrupt, somewhat implausible and convenient resolution, which is partially redeemed by a fitting conclusion to the book’s morality theme.
A very well written and engaging story with a cat and mouse plot and scheme type of narrative. The story was written in a way that keeps you interested and wanting more until you have reached the ending! Which of course leaves you wondering....THEN WHAT HAPPENS? I gave it all 5 because I think although it did take me longer to read then the traditional reading time for a novel this size I really enjoyed reading it and never got bored or "stuck" I love the story and I was really into and had a few shock value moments as well.
As in their previous book, the authors engage in an intriguing psychological cat and mouse game between two female adversaries. This time, however, one of the characters is a very devious, desperate, smart psychologist. I would have given it a better rating if the ending had been more convincing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoyed this from cover to cover. Holds your attention. Nice twists and turns. Great character development.
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
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***
I had heard good things about these authors and their debut novel The Wife Between Us, so I was excited to dig into this one. It sounded very intriguing.
It was quick to read, which was something I needed right now, and the alternating POVs between the characters aided in that. And I really enjoyed that one of the POVs was in the second person, I think it adds to how creepy the situation is, and how twisted and delusional the character is.
They really hit you over the head with the book's theme of morality though. Which makes sense for at least one of the characters, to be so obsessed with it, but there were times where it felt a little much. I think Jess fell a little flat for me, just because she was very out of her depth. For her to match Dr. Shields in terms of intelligence is difficult. And as such, she comes across a little disjointed. Because she needs to be a bit of a detective, but it doesn't much suit her. And I understand the reasons why, in order to move the plot along, but I didn't really get a sense of personality from her as a result.
BUT I think this book serves as a good introduction for people looking to get into thrillers; it's very light on violence; it's not graphic or too explicit. Entertaining, and not too complicated.
This is a thriller with 'Girl' in the title so I know not to expect anything ground-breaking. That being said, An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a disquieting, page-turning, and fun psychological thriller heavy on the psychological.
The novel, told from two perspectives, revolves around a psychology study that quickly intensifies into a strange and obsessive match between the study’s participant, Jessica, and the psychiatrist in charge. The events are told in alternating chapters from Jessica’s first-person perspective and the psychiatrist’s second-person point of view observing Jessica. This added to the unease and feelings of being watched I felt throughout An Anonymous Girl. The novel is somewhat reminiscent to Side Effects, one of my favorite thriller movies, which may be a big reason for my favorable view of the book.
Some suspension of disbelief is required in relation to the characters’ choices and some tropes and not so subtle writing has to be overlooked, but An Anonymous Girl creates an effective atmosphere that leads to an absorbing result.
I had high expectations after TWBU, but "An Anonymous Girl" fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the story build-up to go some where, but there was no twist or climax that blew me away. I also didn't feel there was any conclusions to many of the story plots (Jess' family, Noah, April's mom).
Not a BAD book, but not one that gave me the "wow" factor Greer Hendricks first book did.
Bonus 1/2 star for a character named April - it's fun to read your name in a book!
Amazing book that is hard to put down. Chilling story about a woman in a college pscyh study and the professor who is running it. Highly recoomend