(3)An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Make-up artist Jessica Farris is looking for a way to earn some extra money.  She has been helping her folks with her sister's bills and she is willing to answer a few questions on a Psychology Study to get that extra money.  She shows up and from the very first question, Jessica feels a little uncomfortable.  "Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?"  The questions get increasingly more personal and Jessica feels increasingly uncomfortable.  Because she does have secrets.  But, the checks keep getting increasingly bigger. With each session, Jessica starts to learn a little bit more about the psychologist behind the questions.  Dr. Lydia Shields is mysterious, intelligent, and very beautiful.  Soon Dr. Shields hires Jessica to be part of a special study where she is asked to do unusual things for the name of "science."  Like, give free make-up sessions to women.  Or approach a man in a bar and try to seduce him.  The money is seductive and Jessica cannot refuse Dr. Shields.  Until she realizes that Dr. Shields has been keeping her own secrets.  Secrets that could harm Jessica.  Will she continue to allow Dr. Shields to manipulate her actions to keep the money coming in?

An Anonymous Girl is another thrilling psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Jessica is somewhat of a complex character.  She did something many years ago that had consequences that are still being realized.  I understand her desire to help her family, but I feel that the minute things started getting weird, she should have stopped "working" for Lydia.  Having said that, I can see where Jessica was seduced by the alluring Lydia Shields and her money.   She was smart and sophisticated and would hang on to every Jessica's every word.  The "secrets" that  Jessica discovered was a bit shocking, too.  It was the proof needed that Dr. Lydia Shields was just as crazy as her patients.  The way she used her "study" to manipulate Jessica and her husband was proof that she was mentally unstable.   The twisted relationship between Lydia and her husband was more than enough "psychological thriller" for this book, but there was more!  The end was a little shocking.  The one part - anyway.  The book had a satisfying, yet unexpected, conclusion. - CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS. 

Bottom Line - An Anonymous Girl is a great psychological thriller to kick of the new year of reading.  You will find yourself hooked from page one and you won't be able to put it down until you get to the last page. 


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