An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250133731
1250133734
Branch Call Number: FIC HENDR
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pekkanen, Sarah

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cassmazza
Dec 29, 2019

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.

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JLMason
Dec 29, 2019

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.

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jlandgraver722
Dec 07, 2019

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.

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betsymarzoni
Nov 12, 2019

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.

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Eil_1
Oct 20, 2019

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.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 02, 2019

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.

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belinda129
Oct 02, 2019

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.

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Adw555
Sep 18, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

4 Stars

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0007548100dmw
Aug 05, 2019

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.

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TripodSnowDog
Jul 10, 2019

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.

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