Book Review

Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen- 4.5 Stars

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When I saw Hendricks and Pekkanen had written another book together I was so excited! I devoured “The Wife Between Us” earlier this year as it was so riveting and had such a unique premise! I’m happy to report “An Anonymous Girl” was just as riveting, if not more so! I read this in one day, and that’s saying A LOT because I have a rambunctious one year old that takes up most of my time and attention, so that’s how you know I loved this one! Every second I had to myself I was reading!

Jess, a makeup artist, sneaks her way in to a psychiatrist’s study on ethics and morality after she overhears one of her clients talking about it. Jess becomes involved in a study sitting in front of a computer answering questions and revealing her deepest secrets, all anonymously, and she gets paid. A LOT. Sounds great, and easy, right? But what is the point? What purpose is being served, where Jess must answer some really thought provoking questions about herself?

Soon, Jess finds herself not just Subject 52 in an anonymous study seated in front of a computer, but seated in the office of the psychiatrist herself, Dr. Shields. Shields has taken quite the interest in Jess, and the study becomes more personal and expands from beyond a computer survey to going places, doing different things, meeting various people.

Jess begins to question her safety and the sanity of the Dr. but her family really needs the money she’s making from this study. How far will she go to help those she loves? What REALLY is the point of this study?

“An Anonymous Girl” is loaded with twists and ‘oh my gosh’ moments that will leave your jaw hanging in shock! This psychological thriller will grab you from the first page and you will not want to stop reading once you’re sucked in to this ethical and moral study along with Jess!

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review! This does not affect my opinions of the book. “An Anonymous Girl” releases January 8th, 2019.

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Book Review: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy-3 Stars

“The Perfect Mother” chronicles the lives of The May Mothers- a group of mothers who all had babies born in May that meet up and talk about their babies and motherhood. The book mostly focuses on July 4th, when some of the moms go out to a bar for a night out without their babies, and Winnie’s baby, Midas, is taken. Was it Alma, the immigrant babysitter Nell insisted keep Midas? Midas’s seemingly nonexistent father? Did Winnie herself do something to her baby?

My main issue with this was the fact there were SO many characters and it seemed like each of them got their own chapters which made it difficult at times to follow along. I liked the premise of this because I’m always up for a good thriller and I knew I could relate to the baby/mom group aspect! It was also a little slow moving but I kept reading because I just had to know what happened to Midas.

The characters were all interesting. Each one was very different and even though they hadn’t known each other long, they seemed like forever friends. While I was hoping for a nail biting thriller, what I actually enjoyed and appreciated most was the rawness of feeling like a new mom. Trying to breastfeed, wondering why your baby is crying what seems like all the time, leaking milk through your shirt, (!)wishing your baby would sleep longer than an hour… it was a great, honest depiction of motherhood that strongly resonated with me.

I only gave 3 stars but I did like how this book ended. I was surprised and I thought the author did a great job with character development after I finished the book, but while I was reading I found myself getting lost and forgetting whose chapter I was reading. I would have preferred maybe only one or two narrators but once I finished reading and pondered back on it, I feel like it worked.

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