Genres: Psychological Thriller
I just posted about The Wife Between Us, and right after reading that, I picked up this one! It came out this January, and I am hoping Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen will write lots of more books.
Jessica Farris’ life has never been easy, but now it’s becoming more difficult as her father loses his job and the bills for her sister’s therapies pile on. She signs up for a psychological test for the money she will receive from it. Jess doesn’t really know anything about the test, except that it’s about ethics and morality – maybe it’s some sort of personality test. She has no idea what she’s getting into…
This was intense! While The Wife Between Us was also great and full of twists, it followed a similar premise from other psychological thrillers: a woman who is married to a man who seems perfect, dark secrets, an explosive ending. An Anonymous Girl is a much more unique book. I am so impressed by it. This takes the “power” of psychology and human behavior to far, far darker corners.
I read this book in two sittings: the first, I was so entranced by the story I walked to my gym (a 40-minute walk) without even noticing the uphill part, which always has me huffing and puffing. Then I got so tense I had to stop reading this book and didn’t pick it up for another week – listening to this in audiobook makes it even more atmospheric and so easy to immerse yourself into. I really enjoyed the narrative choices, the way that the psychiatrist narrates the story in such a strange way – second person to talk about Jessica and third about herself. So interesting. This shows very well on the narration of the audiobook, too. I highly recommend it!
If you’re getting tired of the usual tropes for psychological thrillers, don’t miss this one. It’s electric, unique and so worth a read.