An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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The writing team of Hendricks and Pekkanen debuted last year with their bestselling The Wife Between Us. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t really blown away by the hype. I wondered if they could keep the fire going with this year’s thriller An Anonymous Girl. Well, guess what? They have set the bar for thrillers in 2019.

Jessica Farris is plugging along in her day-to-day life as a makeup artist, visiting clients in their homes. She’s living a bit of a lie, allowing her parents to believe she is more successful than she actually is. So why not keep the deceit going and sneak into a spot vacated by a client in a psychological study on ethics and morality? Jessica stands to make an easy $500.00, and she could really use the money.

“Questions #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?” As the test goes on and the questions grow more intense, Jessica finds herself entangled with Dr. Shields, the conductor of the study. She is soon going out on “assignments” being told what to wear and how to behave. It isn’t long before Jessica’s paranoia grows, and she finds herself caught in a tangled web of jealousy and lies. What’s real? Who can she trust? I found myself wondering that very same thing with every chapter. I could easily see this story playing out on the big screen. I’m giving my first thriller of the year two thumbs up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

~ Leslie M.