Finished An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.”
I read their first novel, The Wife Between Us, last year and absolutely loved it. This one is even better.
I think most people would be seduced with the promise of easy money, but this is only easy at first. (And honestly, not even that easy at first. I can’t imagine having to answer some of these questions 100% honestly, and I don’t have anywhere near the baggage that Jess comes with.)
And yet…hundreds of dollars and the promise of anonymity. I understand the appeal.
At the same time (as pointed out by one of the world’s creepiest secondary characters), “nothing’s really free.” And Jess learns that quickly and permanently.
This book is an essay in paranoia. Like Rosemary’s Baby, everyone could potentially be involved. The only person Jess can definitely trust is herself…and it seems like everyone else is smarter and faster.
This is an incredibly fun and fast read. But be prepared—you won’t want to stop until you’re done.