An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen: Book Review

An Anonymous Girl  by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published: January 8, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
384 Pages
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From Publisher: 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 questions grow more and more intense and 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.  Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

My Thoughts: I’ll admit, every now and then I really let myself get swayed by all the hype surrounding a book as was the case with this one. It’s everywhere.  Going against my instincts and the fact that I don’t really enjoy psychological thrillers, I decided to give this a try. The verdict: I’m glad I read it so I don’t have to wonder if I’m missing out BUT my instincts were correct – this wasn’t the book for me.

The blurb tells you all you need to know about how Jessica gets involved with Dr Lydia Shields. From the get go, I wasn’t really into the psychological study aspect. I found it strange and unbelievable. I have no problem suspending my disbelief, but for me, this entire plot was just TOO unbelievable. Maybe it’s because I have a background in psychology but the Dr’s in this book were so far out of the realm of realistic, I just couldn’t be on board with most of the plot.

As for Jessica, I would say she was the most developed character but I would’ve liked more character development with everyone overall. Around the 50% mark I started to enjoy the cat & mouse that developed when Jessica finally started to take matters into her own hands and stopped being so passive when it came to Dr Shields and another character. The story is told through alternating perspectives of Jessica and Dr Shields; however, Dr Shields speaks in the second person for her sections – as if she’s talking directly to Jessica – I wasn’t crazy about this technique.   This very much boiled down to a story of  manipulations, lies upon lies, and who’s really the dangerous one. For me, I found it to be too drawn out (I skimmed here and there) and ultimately predictable.  However, the very reasons this wasn’t for me are the reasons so many are loving this (especially if you love psychological thrillers), so I highly encourage you to head to Goodreads and check out some of the many 5 star reviews for an alternate opinion.

Thanks To St Martin’s Press via Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review


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16 thoughts on “An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen: Book Review

    1. Thanks so much Holly! Well, you’re not alone in having love for this one, just about everyone seems to really like it…I’m an outlier:)


  1. Renee, You make some valid points and yet, still, I really liked this one even though I’m pretty much over psychological thrillers. I agree the first half was little slow but the last half I finished it in one sitting.


    1. Thanks Jan, I agree that the second half was better, I almost DNFed it several times in the beginning. I going to be exceptionally choosy about psych thrillers moving forward!


  2. I’m one of the few who wasn’t impressed by this duo’s last book. I’m glad I didn’t jump on the pre-order and instead, I’m going to wait for my audio hold at the library. 🙂


  3. Sorry you didn’t love this one, Renee! I was one who loved it-it was a favorite read in 2018, but I can see why you didn’t based on your review! I hope your next read is a 5 star!!


  4. NIce review Renee. I have read some very positive reviews and some ho hum ones. You have given some very valid points. I shall see what I think when I get to this one.


  5. I always, always appreciate an honest review! I’m still going to read it as it was already high on my list, but I absolutely know what you mean about personal knowledge interfering with suspension of disbelief. Sometimes we just can’t get past the details that we know to be impossible and it blows the whole book up. However, on rare occasion, I’ve come across a book that was so superbly written that I set aside my struggle with the unrealistic premise and just enjoyed riding the ride. Doesn’t happen often. Sucks it didn’t happen for you this time!


    1. What you said about personal knowledge is so spot on Myndi! That’s exactly how I felt about this book, based on what I know, it was very far out of the realm of possibility for me. Hope you enjoy it more!


  6. Sorry this one wasn’t for you, Renee. That was my experience with the duo’s previous title. Everyone loved it but I was just there. Glad you still gave it a shot though and read it 🙂


    1. I think I would’ve felt the same as you about their previous book Diana. I just have a feeling their writing isn’t for me. Have a great week, hope you’re doing well!


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