From the internationally bestselling authors of The Wife Between Us comes this electrifying new psychological thriller about truth, lies and deadly obsession . . .
When Jessica 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 invasive, she begins to feel as though they know what she’s thinking . . . and what she’s hiding.
As Jessica’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life, and what is one of Dr Shields’s manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
I’ve never read anything by these authors before but it’s clear they are very talented writers. The novel begins with an academic study and although there is obviously potential for it to go wrong, it feels like a fairly ordinary situation, until gradually little things seem a bit out of place and it becomes a tangled web when the book finishes. Although some things are a little far fetched, I had to know how it would be resolved and this is why I kept reading.
Hendricks and Pekkanen have created some very shady characters. It’s fairly clear from the beginning that we are reading about people who have quite a distant relationship with the truth and this means we have some unreliable narrators and most of the time, it is impossible to know where the truth ends and the lies begin. Both Jess and Dr Shields are hiding things about their pasts and I was interested to find out what these secrets were and what impact they would have upon the outcome.
Throughout the novel, Hendricks and Pekkanen pose the reader some moral questions. This helped me to relate to the novel and its characters as I wondered how I would answer these questions and what I would do in a similar situation.
An Anonymous Girl is available from Amazon.