My book group’s selection for January through February was An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen:
“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.” (Bibliocommons)
My thoughts? This is going to be a great read alike for fans of Gone Girl and Fates & Furies – I did find it a bit formulaic, but it was a fast read. The main character didn’t seem very bright since she continually got caught in the web being weaved and that was a bit disappointing. The idea was interesting it just wasn’t executed how I would have liked. Ultimately, I would have wanted Jessica and Dr. Shields to be more empowered.
What did book club think?
“Kept me reading and wanting to know what would happen next – went and read the author’s first book due to how much I enjoyed it.”
“The ending kind of ruined it for me, but the book itself kept me reading to find out what would happen next.”
“I thought maybe the two authors writing the book may have affected its cohesiveness since there were two characters telling the story. It was also an incredibly unhealthy relationship with a therapist – right off the bat a red flag.”
“It felt like a lot of questions weren’t answered and the importance of the husband felt so elevated when he really was just a blah character.”
What’s next for March through April? French Exit by Patrick deWitt!
~posted by Kara P.