Thrillers are more of a recent adventure for me and I’m not sure why I don’t pick them up more often. This month’s book club pick was An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and I was captivated the entire time.
What is it?
An Anonymous Girl is a psychological thriller that follows Subject 52, Jessica Harris, in an ethics and morality study. Dr. Shields is an NYU professor seeking girls 18-32 to participate in a study to reveal what is involved in the decision making process.
Jessica soon realizes this isn’t your average study. It’s like the computer knows her and can sense her hesitations. After piquing Dr. Shields’ interest, Jessica is invited to participate in Phase II. The only downside? Phase II definitely wasn’t approved by the Institutional Review Board and Jessica no longer knows what is real and what is a test.
Why I liked it…
As I mentioned earlier, while I may not automatically gravitate towards thrillers I find them really interesting. I really enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of An Anonymous Girl. The authors had me constantly questioning what was part of the study and how much Dr. Shields actually knew. The chapters were short but I kept thinking, “just one more, just one more, just one more…”
This story is filled with parallels between Jessica and Dr. Shields as well as Jessica and Subject 5 that really keep you saying this can’t just be a coincidence. There’s also some interesting family dynamics/forgiveness themes that give you a break from the experiment side of things.
Would I recommend it?
This is a perfectly paced novel that keeps you intrigued the whole time. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a little excitement in their TBR pile.
I haven’t read The Wife Between Us yet but I’ll definitely be looking into it. It’s another thrilled co-authored by Hendricks and Pekkanen and if it’s anything like the first, it’s definitely worth it!