An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer HendricksAn Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel

byGreer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Paperback | January 8, 2019

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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about!

People Magazine's Book of the Week . Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter" . PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter" . Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club" . Bookbub's "Biggest Books of Winter" . Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019" . Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers" . InStyle's "7 Books That You Should Resolve to Read This January" . HelloGiggles' "The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" . USA Today's "5 New Books Not to Miss" . Marie Claire's "The Best Women's Fiction of 2019 (So Far)" . Hypable's "Winter Releases You Can't Afford to Miss"

"Hendricks and Pekkanen are at the top of their game...You won't see the final twist coming." -People Magazine

"Beware strange psychologists.the authors know exactly how to play on their characters' love of danger to bring them to the brink of disaster - and dare them to jump off." -New York Times Book Review

"Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if moral and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Masterfully escalates the suspense." -Booklist (starred review)

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields's experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking. and what she's hiding.

Jessica's behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist.

GREER HENDRICKS is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Wife Between Us. Prior to becoming a novelist, she spent two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. She obtained her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Allure, and Publishers Weekly. She lives...
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Title:An Anonymous Girl: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.31 × 6.28 × 1.16 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I'm a sucker for a thriller and had heard such good things about this book. It did not live up to it's hype..at least not for me. I found the story predictable, uninteresting and the characters frustratingly stupid. I feel like so much of this book was unrealistic. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Twisted Tale "An Anonymous Girl" is a twisted psychological tale. Jess, a ate twenties make-up artist in Manhattan, becomes involved in a study being conducted by NYU professor and psychiatrist Dr. Lydia Shields. Through manipulation, Jess falls under the spell of Dr. Shields, and her life becomes deeply affected. While the story kept my interest, I personally found "An Anonymous Girl" a shallow and predictable read.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! I couldn't put this book down, it was definitely a great read and I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thank you to Netgalley, to the Author and to the Publisher. This is the second book by Greer Hendricks that I have read, and it is the second book by her that I have given 4 stars. This book drew me in right away, and kept my interest through the whole book. There were a number of times that I kept changing my mind about who I liked and who I didn't, who I trusted and who I didn't. I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining enough A chance to earn $500 by answering a few questions in a study on ethics and morals? Struggling makeup artist jumps at the chance but soon gets caught in Dr. Shield's manipulative web of jealousy and deceit. At times suspenseful and creepy, it was entertaining enough to keep me flipping the pages to the very end.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a ride What a ride An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen has been. There is nothing quite as galvanizing as a well-drawn anti-hero. Jessica Farris, a freelance makeup artist, signs herself up for a psychology study being held at a local college because she needs the money offered. The study takes place in an empty room with only a laptop submitting the questionnaire. Jessica knows that a Dr. Shields is in charge of this study but has not met the professor. Soon Jessica is contacted to continue a more intense psychological evaluation while being well-paid. She agrees and soon starts thinking that all is not well. The rest you must read for yourself. Nothing will be as it seems. The story is fascinating and keeps up the tension till the last page. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys unpredictable psychological thrillers. Thank you to St. Martin's Press, NetGalley and the authors for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! 4.5 stars - I was really torn between a 4 star and a 4.5 star. I really enjoyed this story but I just didn’t get the hype behind this one. Compared to the “The Wife Between Us” there weren’t many twists. There was a couple of unpredictable storylines but overall I just wasn’t quite surprised. What pushed me to give a 4.5-star rating was the writing. I absolutely love the style of writing, it just keeps you on your toes and you can’t put it down! The story was also very original! I did also really like the main Character, Jessica. She was very relatable and I really rooted for her. Personally, I felt like the ending was left to be desired. Regardless, I did really enjoy this story and the exceptional writing, a must-read! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping thriller! 3 words to describe this book: obsessive, gripping, and riveting!! Wow! What a book!  This book certainly lived up to all of the hype I have been reading about when reading other bloggers and reviewers talk about this book. I loved the writing of this novel, and Hendricks and Pekkanen did not disappoint! I was hooked from the very first page. Hendricks and Pekkanen have a style of writing and a way with words that captivate their audience and sucks the reader in. The pages literally turn themselves. I read this book in one sitting, it was that riveting. You will find yourself immersed in this book right through to the shocking end! You will be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire way through this book, and before you know it you will be at the end. If you haven't had your eyes on this book yet be sure to be on the lookout for it and add it to your to be read list. You too will love it! All of the stars for this fantastic book!
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New from this writing duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen had a bestseller with last year's The Wife Between Us. They're back with a new psychological suspense novel titled An Anonymous Girl. Jessica is in need of money - she's covering a lot of her parent's expenses. When she learns of a psychological study that pays, she signs up. She takes the initial survey and is invited back for more sessions by the never seen Dr. Shields. The questions grow increasingly invasive, but the pay also rises. And then Jessica is asked to do even more.... "Your loyalty has been methodically cultivated. You have been paid thousands of dollars for your services. You have received carefully curated gifts. Your emotional state has been attended to; you have received the equivalent of intensive therapy sessions for free. You belong to me." An Anonymous Girl is told from two viewpoints - Jessica's and Dr. Shields. And yes, the phrase 'cat and mouse game' definitely applies here. My pragmatic nature made me question Jess's continued acceptance of the increasing nature of the 'tasks' assigned by Dr. Shields. (What would you do for needed cash?) But, I just went with it and got caught up in the ever increasing spiral between the two. And I'm going to leave it there - I don't want to give away where the plot goes. You need to discover that for yourselves! And a quick comment on the cover. The Wife Between us had a very similar look. This cover almost duplicates it - wonder if it's going to be a 'trademark for this talented duo?
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessive & Cunning Yet again, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen have knocked it out of the park for a psychological thriller and character drama that you just cannot set down. I was heavily anticipating this read this winter, as I loved their last book together. This was completely worth the wait - this is a story that is fast paced, dark, twisting, clever and written in their signature crisp prose. I fell right into this story as Jess sneaks into a psychological study and finds herself in deeper than she bargained for. I had previously heard the argument that something like this would never happen, as Dr Shields is in fact a doctor but I disagree - I loved the premise regardless of whether it could or could not really happen. I loved the twisting, psychotic nature of Dr Shields, and I loved that there was no way to sort out what the ultimate motive was for the study itself until the bitter end. I won't give too much away, as readers will want to enjoy the twists for themselves, but I will say that I think this is the perfect snowy day read - creepy, atmospheric and guaranteed to hold your attention to the very last page.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt? First question: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt? The questionnaire is a morality test. Jess is participating in this study under false pretense, so how will she do on a test that is asking her to be honest, provide her first and instinctive response, and expand on her response thoroughly? She must have done well since Dr. Shields selects her for further testing which will provide her with some financial relief. Jess is soon discovering that Dr. Lydia Shields is more than what meets the eyes and that this expanded experiment is becoming dangerous. There is much at stake and Jess is feeling trapped. How can she end this experiment without hurting those she loves? A must-read!!
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted Ok, if you enjoy psychological thrillers, this one is sure twisted and will keep you page turning. Obsessive, cunning, and just as good as her previous book that I devoured, The Wife Between Us, and you won’t be able to put it down until you have the answers, and then this one will linger with you for a long time, and maybe looking over your shoulder. Wow, big brother has nothing on these folks, they seem to know even your personal thoughts. A don’t miss book that you won’t forget. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher St. Martin’s Press, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from slow burn that never amounted to much Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving and advanced copy. Rating 2.5 stars I loved “The Wife Between Us” and was ready for another no holds barred, twisted ride with Jessica, Subject 52, who signs up for a psychological study on morality and ethics. Do you think you’re in trouble when you lie your way into a study on ethics because you need the money? Dr. Shields takes a special interest in Jessica and lures her in with expensive gifts, high paycheques, and what is amounting to free therapy in exchange for following her instructions in what appears to be testing the mettle of a married man. Written in alternating POV between Jessica and Dr. Shields, this cat and mouse story tries to keep you off kilter as you see how Dr. Shields spins her web, always having an explanation for putting Jessica in situations that don’t feel right, in fact they make Jessica feel icky. But by this point Jessica has spilled her guts to this woman who knows all of her dark secrets and insecurities. Dr. Shields is not only beautiful, self assured, has impeccable taste and always seems to know the right thing to say to put Jessica’s fears to rest. She also knows whenever Jessica is not being completely honest. When Jessica finds out that the married man is Dr. Sheilds’ husband, Thomas, she knows something is not right. But when Thomas warns Jessica that Dr. Shields in dangerous, Jessica knows she is in trouble. Hendricks and Pekkanen write really well together, but this was not as exciting a story as their first novel. There was some suspense, but nothing like the thrilling tickle when you don’t know who is lying and who is telling the truth and will the protagonist make it out alive! There isn’t any surprising twist that you can’t see coming. This one just leads you down the path until the end. You know who that bad guy is and you can guarantee the protagonist is going to survive and yes there is some information revealed but no wow factor. The seduction of Jessica is interesting enough to keep reading but I needed more. I want that “can’t-put-it-down” feeling, or at least some doubt as to whether the doctor or Thomas is the bad guy. A lot was left untapped with Jessica and the minor characters like Lydia, and Josh, to name a few where more could have been done to create tension. Just an okay read for me.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Just like all of her other books this one did not disappoint. I found myself not wanting to put the book down it was definitely a page turner!
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner What a rollercoaster ride! I admit I have not read Hendricks & Pekkanen's A Wife Between Us, and now I feel like I have been living under a rock after finishing An Anonymous Girl. I will also never sign up for a study in exchange for money. Protagonist Jessica sneaks into a study on morality and ethics that is being conducted by a well respected and published university professor. The study pays well, and Jessica is selected for additional tasks. However, these tasks take a dark and manipulative turn and the reader is quickly thrust into a dark and devious place where manipulative lies, love and sex push the characters to their limits. The characters took turns with appalling actions and trying to stay ahead of each other, and it really kept me guessing. The protagonist is well written and developed so I did empathize with her at times, particularly with the relationship with her family. The relationships between the main three characters were exceptionally well plotted and drawn out - there were times when even I was hoping to receive Dr. Shields' approval. If you love thrillers, this book is a must. Go and get it and start it on a Friday night because you won't be able to put it down. Or start it on a Monday and then call in sick to work (but that would be lying, wouldn't it?). Thank you so much to St Martins Press and Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for review.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite thriller but it might be yours! This story is told from two different viewpoints, that of a psychologist, Dr. Shields, and that of Jessica who signs up to serve as a subject in a study run by Dr. Shields. Neither woman was particularly likable. Jessica seemed remarkably naïve and too easily manipulated. She consistently made really poor decisions and I always felt like something wasn’t quite right with her. I had the feeling that I was meant to be cheering for her and hoping that she could escape the predicament she had gotten herself into but I just couldn’t be in her corner. Dr. Shields’ sections were written in a very different style. She was clinical, cold, and detached. She treated life as a psychological study or experiment and could never immerse herself into actually living instead of observing and recording data like a scientist. I found her more elegant of speech but she was a total bore. Have you ever known someone who recounts their day step by step in minute detail? These people exist in real life, unfortunately, and they are excruciatingly dull. No one cares about the particulars of your life and I certainly didn’t care to read Dr. Shields’ minutiae. I dreaded her chapters and truthfully started half-skimming them. I understand this was done to illustrate her issues and state of mind but I wish it could have been accomplished in a more engaging way. I don’t need to like or even relate to the main characters in a book in order to enjoy it so I don’t think the personalities of the two women was a deal breaker. The plot was just fine and I believe if it was written solely from the perspective of Jessica I would have been much more involved. The story would explode forward with something interesting happening and then I’d come to a Dr. Shields chapter and it would grind to a halt. If there was less of the Dr. and more of anything else I would have enjoyed the book a lot more. The conclusion was a bit anticlimactic. There was a bit of a twist at the end that although it disappointed me it did not surprise me. I really wanted to like this book but my enjoyment level while reading was very low and I couldn’t wait to finish and be done with it. I don’t think it is a bad story by any means and I’m not entirely sure why it didn’t work for me. Reading other reviews it seems I’m the black sheep on this one and please don’t let me dissuade you from giving this a try. It wasn’t my favourite thriller but it might be yours! Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entralling psychological suspense I was enthralled by this psychological suspense novel! The juxtaposition between the core idea of ethical behavior and the menacing actions they provoke will keep readers unsettled and uncertain of who to trust. As the lies stack up in an ever more precarious tower, the sense of dread just keeps building. The final few chapters weren't quite as strong as the rest of the story; I thought things wrapped up rather abruptly with a certain element of convenience, but it wasn't a detractor to the book, it just didn't enhance it. Overall, An Anonymous Girl is a dark exploration of morality, the danger of willful ignorance, and the facades we present to the world.
Date published: 2018-09-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for An Anonymous Girl:One of:People Magazine's Book of the WeekInStyle's "7 Books That You Should Resolve to Read This January" HelloGiggles' "The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019"Marie Claire's "The Best Women's Fiction of 2019 (So Far)"Good Morning America's "Great Gifts for the Holidays" round-upBookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter"PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter"Hypable's "Winter Releases You Can't Afford to Miss"Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club"Bookbub's "Biggest Books of Winter"Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019"Bustle's Fiction Books Hitting Shelves in January 2019Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers"USA Today's"5 New Books Not to Miss""Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Masterfully escalates the suspense...keep[s] the reader guessing until the end. A great follow-up." -Booklist (starred review)"Psychological suspense is a genre that needs to be handled with kid gloves...Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen seem to have mastered the formula...a creepy-crawly tale." -New York Times Book Review"For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if moral and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love." -Library Journal (starred review)