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Addictive,
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An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Published: 2019-01-08
Hardcover : 384 pages
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Recommended to book clubs by 4 of 5 members

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about!

People Magazine's Book of the Week • Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter" • PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter" • Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club" • Bookbub's "Biggest Books of ...

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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about!

People Magazine's Book of the Week • Bookish's "Must-Read Books of Winter" • PopSugar's "Best Books of Winter" • Cosmopolitan's "2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club" • Bookbub's "Biggest Books of Winter" • Refinery 29's "Best Books of January 2019" • Crime Reads' "January's Best Psychological Thrillers" • InStyle's "7 Books That You Should Resolve to Read This January" • HelloGiggles' "The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019" • USA Today's "5 New Books Not to Miss" • Marie Claire's "The Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 (So Far)" • Hypable's "Winter Releases You Can’t Afford to Miss"

"Hendricks and Pekkanen are at the top of their game...You won't see the final twist coming." ?People Magazine

“Beware strange psychologists…the authors know exactly how to play on their characters’ love of danger to bring them to the brink of disaster - and dare them to jump off.” ?New York Times Book Review

"Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense." ?Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if moral and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love." ?Library Journal (starred review)

"Masterfully escalates the suspense." ?Booklist (starred review)

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist.

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Discussion Questions

1. If you were in Jess’s shoes, would you have snuck into Dr. Shields’s morality and ethics survey? Why or why not? After the questions started to become more invasive, do you think you would have continued answering them, or looked for a way out?

2. What did you think of the authors’ decision to use the second person “you” in Dr. Shields’s chapters? How did it affect your experience of reading the novel? Did it change your perception of any of the characters, especially Dr. Shields?

3. Early in the novel, Jess thinks, “Sometimes an impulsive decision can change the course of your life.” Do you agree? Have you ever made any impulsive decisions that dramatically affected your life? What were they?

4. On page 202, Jess asks, “How do you know if you can really trust someone?” What do you think—how do you know? Can you ever know? What about someone makes them seem “trustworthy” to you?

5. Do you think Dr. Shields truly had a good marriage, or was it doomed from the beginning? Why do you believe this, and what about Dr. Shields informs your thoughts?

6. Did you have an idea of what had happened to Subject 5, or were you surprised? If you did suspect what occurred, can you point out what kind of foreshadowing or clues led you to this conclusion?

7. What did you think of Dr. Shields’s morality and ethics questions? Did you find yourself answering them? Which question did you find the most challenging?

8. An Anonymous Girl explores the lies that link people together and the damage these deceptions can cause. Is it ever okay to tell a lie? When does a secret become a deception?

9. How much of a motivating factor was money for Jess? In your opinion, was the money Jess earned worth what she endured? Can trust ever really be bought?

10. At the start of the novel, one of Dr. Shields’s questions to Jess was, “Do victims have a right to take retribution into their own hands?” How would Jess and Dr. Shields answer this question at the end of the book? How would you answer it?

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by [email protected] (see profile) 03/18/20

It was a well written book that was easy enough to read. The ending was a bit anti climatic, but I was eager to get to the end to find out what happened!

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 03/18/20

It was written in a stereotypical format especially Dr Shields monologue. It was all a bit cliche for me. Unbelievable and unrealistic. 1.5 stars from me.

 
  "This book is can't-put-it-down good"by ebach (see profile) 02/22/20

This second novel by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is even better than their first. AN ANONYMOUS GIRL is can’t-put-it-down good.

Jessica becomes involved, overly involved, in a mor

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