Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


Synopsis from Goodreads:

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

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.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review

An Anonymous Girl will be available January 8, 2019. 

After loving The Wife Between Us by this author duo, I have had sky high expectations for their follow up novel, An Anonymous Girl. Unfortunately, those expectations were not met.

It took me quite a long time to get into this book. I found the first third or so of it incredibly boring. I didn’t really care about either of the main characters. For awhile everything Jess did got on my nerves. I just didn’t think her behavior made sense. I did eventually start to enjoy it a little more, but it kind of came in waves. I was hooked for sections here and there, but mostly the pacing was just far too slow for me. In the previous book by these authors I also had a problem with the pacing, but the multiple big twists made up for it. Unfortunately here, there are no big, shocking twists to save it. There are several things that I guess are supposed to be surprises or small twists, but nothing happened that I didn’t already guess.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot because of spoilers. I will say that I thought the whole thing was a little far fetched. Whenever Jess “figured something out” I always felt like it kind of came out of nowhere and was a little too convenient. One positive thing I will say, is that I thought the writing was pretty seamless between the two authors. Their writing styles complement each other very well and despite my  disappointment with this book, I’ll still read more from them in the future.

Overall, An Anonymous Girl failed to live up to my high expectations. I never connected with the characters and didn’t really care what happened to them and found the overall mystery itself a little lackluster. I am upping my rating from a 2 to a 3 due to the seamless writing of the two authors and because there were a few moments here and there that I enjoyed myself. From the other reviews I’ve seen of this book so far I am clearly in the minority, so this still may be worth your time to give it a try.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

27 thoughts on “Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

  1. All I can say is damn, I wish you had the same experience as I had but if you don’t feel it from the start (those questions grabbed me and activated my own brain cells right away) chances are big that it won’t change anymore. Sorry to hear it wasn’t really satisfying but I do hope their third novel will be a hit then! Thanks for your review!

  2. Oh no! I was hoping you would love this. I have been thinking of picking it up but now you’ve got me wondering. Great review! Hope your next book is fantastic!! ❤️

      • Yes – I read their first book and enjoyed it but didn’t LOVE it. I’m not sure about this one now. I will think on it for a while longer before deciding. Thanks for an honest review! 😊

  3. That’s too bad,Stephanie! I’m sorry you didn’t love this one. I absolutely did, but we can’t all love the same books. I can see how some of Jess’s actions were annoying though but I ignored her lol. I was too caught up in the book. You’re right that the writing is flawless. Not all duos have that seamless writing like they do…I hope their 3rd book is a winner for you! 😊❤

  4. Sorry to see this one didn’t live up to your expectations. That’s always a disappointment. I’m hoping to read the first release from this duo soon, especially since I’ve already bought it.

    Great review!

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  6. Ahhh when mystery/psychological thrillers venture in the “far-fetched”, I’m also a bit turned off. It truly saddens me that it had to cross that line. But with this book, I totally understand how expectations played a huge role hahah The first book was literally EVERYWHERE and everyone seemed to love it. 😮 Great review!

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