An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, KPL Reference Librarian
Rating: 4.75 stars
Subject 52: Thank you for your participation in Dr. Shield's morality and ethics research project. By entering this study, you agree to be bound by confidentiality. You must not discuss it with anyone.
Jessica is a single girl in New York City struggling to pay the rent, She heard about this study from a client of hers and decides to take her place. She doesn't feel guilty for the subterfuge; she needs the $500 participation fee a lot more than the originally scheduled participant does. She finds herself cursing her actions before too long though. This simple exercise in evaluating ethical and moral decision making not only has Jessica questioning her sanity but also risking her life.
Once I sat down with this book, I did not get up until I finished it about 4 hours later. It is the most deliciously chilling cat and mouse thriller that I have read in a long time. Told from the point of view of Jessica and Dr. Shields, at time I didn't know who was to be believed. The alternating point of views were so well done that it resulted in the reader being constantly thrown off guard. Instead of being annoying, as it would in a lesser crafted book, the narrative instead ramped up the creepy factor.
If you want a book so full of tension and twists and turns you won't expect, you have to make sure to pick up a copy of An Anonymous Girl. I read a lot of psychological thrillers, as you all know by now, and this truly is the best one I have read in years. Just don't sign up for a research study while you are reading it!