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.
“An Anonymous Girl” started out strong.
The story became intriguing when Jess steps in Dr. Shield’s research study even when she wasn’t called for it (she went under a different name). It wasn’t Jess who was supposed to be there but she came anyway. Jess needed the money and she knew that the person who had been invited in the study didn’t want to participate. Ironically, the research study had been about about ethics and morality.
The questions started out easy but eventually Jess noticed that it became “too personal.” Jess didn’t care because she was being compensated. Little did she know that she would meet the magnetic Dr. Shields and be involved in the life of the researcher.
This story was about obsession, unreliable narrators, and a lot of scheming. And while the novel had been a page-turner, I felt that the story dragged too long. POV’s from Dr. Shields reminded me of the voice of Joe in Caroline Kepnes’, “You.” It was as though Dr. Shields was speaking to Jess, though Jess didn’t know about it.
Additionally, sometimes you’ll read about the back story of Dr. Shields and even Jessica’s. I thought the backstories had been more interesting compared to what was currently happening in the story. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was a great plot. However, I felt that there was something missing in the novel. A lot can be done with it, but overall it felt anticlimactic. Really nothing special. I was expecting something else and this story just didn’t do it for me, albeit I still like it enough to give it a solid 3/5.
**Huge thanks to the publisher and Bookishfirst for the arc copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
Which book are you starting with in 2019?
I recently started reading Crime and Punishment for a readathon and eventually started reading my arc of Wicked Saints (coming out on April). Oops!
Does anyone have any other half read books from 2018 that still needs to be read? Feel free to share your reading progress down below!