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An Anonymous Girl

About The Book

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date:  January 8th, 2019
Number of Pages: 375 pages, Hardcover
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Trigger Warning: sexual assault, suicide, death

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.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

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.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

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.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

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 was very skeptical about reading this book. I had read The wife between us from the duo author and hadn’t liked it much. But I heard this book was really nice from one of my favorite youtuber and decided to give the authors one more try. 

And I wasn’t disappointed! 


In An Anonymous Girl, Jessica is a struggling makeup artist who agrees to participate in a psychological study on ethics and morality being led by Dr. Shields.
Jess thinks she will only have to answer a few questions. But she finds herself a part of Dr. Shields study and grows to be very uncomfortable with it later.

I enjoyed the plot of the story a lot. The blurb was very intriguing and unfortunately, very misleading. The story was not at all what I expected it to be.
Coming to what the story actually was- I loved the idea of the psychological study aspect of the entire plot. The book was a page-turner, little slow at the start but that wasn’t half bad either. The story is told in 2 alternating perspectives ( which I enjoyed a lot ). 1st perspective, Jess’s, is in the first person and the 2nd one, Dr. Shield’s was very cynical and held a calmness to it; which added a new level of creepiness to it, which I loved.

There are mainly 2 main characters in this book and I think each one of them was developed very well. I am not sure if Jessica was supposed to be irritating at times ( because she was !). She was so clueless. I wish she was a bit smarter. 
Dr. Shields was one of the best characters in this book, she was so stylish, sophisticated, calm, composed and clever and she was so amazing. If she was a real person I would have definitely had that pull towards her which Jess felt. 😛 

There were a lot of twists and turns in the book some very tiny and some not; some I could guess and others surprised me. There were a few things unanswered which were not tied beautifully at the end. 

The ending of the book was predictable and unfortunately a bit underwhelming. I am still glad that I read the book for the other suspense elements which were well executed. I will recommend it all the psychological thriller fans, it will be fun to read for you all. 

People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons: survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.

You can't judge someone's internal state by their external attributes.





  • Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    The plot seems so intriguing and I wanted to pick this for a while now. But now that you said it is predictable, I am gonna have to pass!

    • Deeksha Bajaj

      There were some plot twists in between which were fun. But overall This book was so much better than the wife between us by the author duo.

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