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I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.

An Anonymous Girl starts with Jessica Farris, a makeup artist, going to a client’s house. She is having a very ordinary day when she hears her client talking about a survey that pays a lot of money for answering a couple of anonymous questions. Her client says she won’t be attending and Jessica decides to go in her place, taking advantage of this chance to earn some extra money.

Jessica enters the study. She doesn’t receive a lot of information, only that she is about to enter a study by Dr. Shield’s and she’ll be asked to fill in a questionnaire about ethics and morality. Her answers will be completely anonymous. Jessica walks into a room with only a chair and a desk with a computer. The questions appear on the computer screen.

Jessica answers the questions truthfully and it doesn’t take long before she starts to tell some of her deepest secrets, feeling safe and anonymous. But what happens when the person typing the questions begins to respond to her answers? It is like Dr. Shield’s is talking to her personally. During the second session, Dr. Shield’s asks Jessica if she is willing to expand her participation in the study. Significantly more will be asked of her, but this would also mean she will earn a lot more money. When Jessica decides to take the study to the next level, she is pulled into a web of manipulation, revenge and jealousy and it’s making her paranoid.

The chapters of An Anonymous Girl alternate between the story of Jessica and the story of Dr. Shields. We get to know both women, their motives and the way they think. Dr. Shields is a renowned psychologist ans Jessica is a young woman who carries a big secret. The moment they meet each other, Jessica’s life changes. Is Dr. Shields dangerous or just really interested in her? And what are her plans exactly with the answers Jessica has given?

An Anonymous Girl is a fast-paced thriller about trust, obsession, betrayal and manipulation. The characters have depth and as a reader you feel like you’re getting to know them quite well. The story is dark and suspenseful and the book was impossible to put down.. I had to know what motives drove Dr. Shields. The ending wasn’t what I hoped it would be, but the story itself was amazing.

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