Book Review: An Anonymous Girl

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
01.08.2019 | St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4/5 stars


Jessica Ferris has stumbled upon a new study being held at a nearby college campus through one of her customers a Beauty Buzz. The study is hosted by Dr. Shields, who Jessica has never met, but is willing to answer an assortment of ethics questions for in her study in exchange for generous compensation. Questions like, could you tell a lie without feeling guilty? The questions start here and build to a more invasive level of inquiry. Despite her initial hesitation, Jessica needs the money to support her sister’s treatment, so she carries on.

Soon Jessica finds herself growing closer to Dr. Shields than she ever imagined. Her every secret is revealed and the more she shares, the more her paranoia grows. Sessions of questions evolve into outings directed by Dr. Shields and before she knows it Jessica is in too deep. Can she escape the control that Dr. Shields has over her?

Sometimes an impulsive decision can change the course of your life.

I don’t want that to happen again.

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have come together yet again to create a novel that will keep you on edge! There are twists and turns at every step of the way within AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, as we watch the relationship between Jessica Ferris and Dr. Shields evolve. This starts out innocently enough with Jessica participating in a survey type study, however, they soon evolve to Jessica being directed to go on outings by Dr. Shields. These outings and survey answers create a bond between the two that might not be for the better and Jessica finds herself stuck in a web of truth and lies.

I am yet again impressed by the way two authors can come together to create such a seamlessly told story. I was a huge fan of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and the magic that Hendricks and Pekkanen created in that book has easily come back again in AN ANONYMOUS GIRL. I was less shocked by some of the twists that the authors chose to throw into their latest book, but I was still left with a delightful read that kept me hooked. I was so entranced by this story that I ended up splitting my time between the audiobook and reading my physical copy. The audiobook is outstanding and truly set the stage for my love for this book! The narration is flawless and intoxicating. Once I picked up the physical copy outside of my commute I found myself reading in the narrators voices.

Is it ethical to destroy one blameless woman’s life if it means there’s a chance of protecting other women from future harm?

One of the things that makes this book such a great read, as both a physical book and an audiobook, is the dual narration. The book flips between Jessica and Dr. Shields, allowing the reader to gain insight to each of their points of view. If I was forced to pick a favorite, I would probably go with Dr. Shields’ sections simply because they are so devious. I loved getting both sides of this complicated story through the main players.

I highly recommend adding this book to your TBR if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced thriller to keep you entertained and binge reading into the late hours of the night! Another successful release from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen!

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Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

Disclosure: Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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