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review 2019-02-17 17:02
A psychological thriller that is a great vacation read!
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekhanen, authors; Barrie Kreinik, narrator Secrets and lies dominate this book. None of the characters tells the complete truth, and this leads to constant misdirection and misinterpretation that keeps the reader constantly on the edge of the seat. Who is the most dangerous of the main characters? The book begins with deception; will it end with deception? Someone has hatched a diabolical plan, but until the end, the identity of the most devious will not be revealed. Over the course of the novel, the narrative travels back and forth between Jessica Farris and Dr. Lydia Shields as they interact with each other in the conduct of a psychological study conducted by the doctor, a psychiatrist. Through their thoughts and memories, their past is revealed and their behavior is scrutinized and analyzed. The narrative is clinical, a times, and it sets the stage for the psychological drama and the atmosphere of fear and tension that pervade the book. Dr. Shields intends to conduct a study to determine whether or not her husband Thomas Cooper has continued to be unfaithful or has completely repented for his past behavior. She believes that Jessica’s personality and character make her the perfect candidate to assist her in that effort. She wants to know if he can still be tempted or if he has truly changed. She devises several tests for Jessica to conduct without Jessica actually knowing why she is asked to perform the duties demanded of her. Jessica doesn’t realize that she is being used as bait to tempt Thomas to stray again. Jessica seems motivated solely by her need for money, and so, at first, she disregards the unethical aspect of her “job”. She is really only interested in making sure that she has enough money to help her family care for her mentally disabled sister. As Jess feels more and more manipulated by Lydia, however, she tries to extricate herself from the study. She is always lured back, however, either with gifts or with money, and even sometimes with coercive persuasion that is almost like blackmail, as veiled and not so veiled threats are made. The narrative is extremely clinical in nature, as the doctor analyzes her own behavior and every emotion and action that Jess engages in, as well. She then determines how to move to the next step, often making Jess feel that the doctor is aware of more about her life than she should be and is setting a trap for her. Soon, she is determined to turn the tables and find out more about the doctor. As the book continues, it is apparent that there is a puppeteer moving the characters about, but who is that puppeteer? Each assumption made quickly leads to another, often offering an opposite conclusion or reaction. There are two alternating and competing narratives in this novel. Jess’s and the doctor’s, and both reveal the history and traumas they faced growing up. Both carry scars of their past. Both react based on the guilt they harbor. In the end, Jess is left to wonder if Tom is guilty or if Lydia is setting him up? She even wonders if both are trying to trap her, somehow, to frame her in some way. The reader will even begin to wonder if Jess is innocent or guilty of some unusual behavior? Will this experience with the psychiatrist change her? Jessica started out as someone who would do anything she had to, to make enough money to pay her bills and help her parents. Is she the same at the end? Was Thomas unfaithful? Is Lydia guilt free? Is Lydia innocent? The book raises many questions. It is a good, fast read, great for a vacation or cruise!

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review 2019-02-08 20:03
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
An Anonymous Girl - Julia Whelan,Sarah Pekkanen,Barrie Kreinik,Greer Hendricks

I gave The Wife Between Us five stars when I read it in 2017. It was so twisty and so turny and filled with dark surprises that kept me in a constant state of anxiety. I loved everything about it so when I saw this one was releasing, I put it at the very top of my list.


I don’t think any follow up would have lived up to my expectations after loving The Wife Between Us so hard but An Anonymous Girl was definitely a decent, if not mind-blowing, follow up. It didn’t reach 5 star territory for me because I am spoiled and I didn’t think the reveals were all that shocking. It’s highly likely that I am probably terribly jaded too. So my four star may well be your five star. Despite that, it was an entertaining thriller/mystery/secret filled read that kept my attention.


The story revolves around a broke makeup artist who is riddled with guilt over something in her past. She has secrets and I love secrets! She decides to take the place of another young lady in an interview that promises to pay $500 bucks simply to answer a few questions. Well, wouldn’t you?!


But, of course, you know it entails far more than that for our hapless heroine, don’t you?


She is chosen by the doctor running the study to step out from behind the laptop and handle some real life situations as part of a morality and ethics “study”. To say more will ruin things so I will say no more about that strange situation.


The doctor is cold and calculating and manipulative and frankly, creepy as hell. Especially when you’re listening to the voice in your ear! What is that doctor up to? This is one of those books you’ll have to keep reading just one more page until the whole thing is done because you HAVE TO KNOW. Or maybe it’s just me because I am so nosy.


Jessica, our hapless heroine, soon becomes entwined in quite a nasty little web of deception and I enjoyed watching everything unravel but as I said earlier, the secrets weren’t so big as to shock me very much. I was expecting more to happen, something truly terrible and earth-shattering, but alas perhaps I am twisted. As written, An Anonymous Girl is a perfectly entertaining and often unsettling way to spend a few hours. If you listen to the audiobook I think it’ll be another experience altogether. Hearing the doctor’s voice in my head still haunts me. It was done perfectly; cold and unemotional and it made my skin crawl a little. The other voices suit as well. Thomas sounds a little dull which was fitting (he was not my favorite) and Jessica had a youthful tone that struck all the right notes.


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

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review 2019-01-08 16:08
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

Another twisty, chilling psychological bombshell by the dangerous duo, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen!


Desperation is a funny thing. It can lead you to do things you never imagined before. The desperate need to survive, or find the truth, for love and money, to hold onto a secret, and for vengeance. This book is absolutely dripping with it and will keep you riveted as you try to find the answers you are looking for.


There's also an unsettling undertone about the risk you take when you let someone into your home, your head, or your life. As well as how powerful the secrets we keep can be. Whether it be a force that drives and shapes your life, or the leverage it could give another to shape it for you.


"A secret is only safe if one person holds it..."


An Anonymous Girl is fast paced and will keep you guessing until the very end.


Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book! 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-01 03:21
Book Review : The wife between us Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen

November 16- December 30

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

Review : This book was a mind fuck so this is told in two POV Nellie and vanessa Nellie is getting married to richard who seems like the perfect guy and vanessa is the ex wife of richard and Nellie is getting weird phone calls and she's excited to be married to richard to start a life with him . I didn't like richard from the moment we met him I knew there was something sketchy about him and he was a controlling asshole he doesn't want Nellie to work why WTF . Vanessa is upset richard is getting married but not for the reasons you think cause Nellie and Vanessa they are the same person it's told in the past and present and Vanessa wants to stop Richard from getting married cause he's a abusive piece of shit who lies and spins truths so she came up with a plan to get Richard to leave her and he did but then she felt bad for the girl Emma so she plans to stop it so she gets in contact with Emma and first she doesn't believe her but then she looks into it and does believe Vanessa . Vanessa shows up to meet up with Richard and Emma to stop this once and for all she confronts him and he tries to hurt her . See when Richard was a teenager he was in the car crash with his parents and that messed him up but that is still no excuse to be a abusive piece of shit Richard goes to a mental heath place to get some help and his sister is going to watch over him. So it turns out Emma also had a plan to so when Vanessa was in college she was dating her professor who turned out to be married and she didn't know he was married and Emma was his daughter this book was so good so many twists .

Quotes :
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.’ Well, I’ve never feared bad weather, either.

For years, I have allowed fear to dominate me. But as I sit in the cab, I realize another emotion is rising to the surface: anger. It felt cathartic to unleash my rage at Richard after absorbing his for so long.

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text 2019-01-01 02:48
favorite books of 2018 part 3
Checkmate this is effortless - Kennedy Fox
A Quiet Kind of Thunder - Sara Barnard
A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
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