I love the mystery/thriller/suspense genre, but it has been quite some time since one made me sit back and say “WOW!” Am I experiencing a book slump? Or have the books I’ve been reading in this genre lately all been missing something?

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 study becomes more 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.

I thought the plot of An Anonymous Girl was sound. What wasn’t sound was the execution of the story. It started off well enough but then the story dragged, as did my interest. I was waiting for some action, a feeling of suspense and intrigue. This book didn’t leave me eager to turn the pages to see how the story would end. All the lines are tugged closed, but I found I didn’t care how it all ended. I guess that’s a good thing because all I was left with was a blah feeling.

In a nutshell, this book was interesting but not all that gripping. I’m glad I read it, but it won’t appear on any re-read list.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy of this book.


Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: An Anonymous Girl

Authors: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Release Date: January 8, 2019

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