An Anonymous Girl
Jan. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781250133731. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250133748. THRILLER

OrangeReviewStarMake-up artist Jess Farris needs money to pay for her sister’s therapy after a brain injury. When Jess overhears a client cancel her participation in a psychological study conducted by a respected New York City psychiatrist, the prospect of making easy cash is too alluring; she lies to take her place. But Jess doesn’t know the study concerns morality and ethics—how far will a person go to get what they want? How quickly will moral values break for passion, anger, or most importantly, money? For Jess, now known as Subject 52, it seems like a dream come true, until the study moves into real-life vignettes created just for her. She soon discovers that Dr. Lydia Shields has a personal agenda. Danger seems to wait for Jess around every corner. After sharing so many dark secrets with the doctor, Jess discovers that leaving the study is almost impossible. Will she find the one thing she can use to stop the doctor’s calculated manipulations?

VERDICT  For those who loved the creepy stalking in Hendricks & Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have readers rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morality really matters when protecting those you love. [See Prepub Alert, 7/2/18.]

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