Book Review - An Anonymous Girl

  • Length: 390 pages
  • Genre: Psychological thriller
  • Overall volume of words you don’t hear every day: moderate (about every other chapter)
  • Would I read more books from these authors? Yes
  • My rating: 3 out of 5


I’d seen the cover art for An Anonymous Girl here and there on the Internet for awhile now, and it always caught my eye.  Finally, I decided to give it a try about a day after I finished my previous read, at which time I happened to see Jade the Libra expressing her interest in it on YouTube.


I already own a digital copy of The Wife Between Us, another book by these same authors, but I hadn’t made my way to that one yet.  Fortunately, I enjoyed An Anonymous Girl, so I’m looking forward to starting The Wife Between Us in the near future (I never like reading two books from the same authors back-to-back).


The Plot


Our main character, Jess, is a semi-broke makeup artist living in New York City.  After finding out about an NYU psychologist who’s paying undergrads to participate in an experiment, Jess decides to sign up for the study— despite the fact that she isn’t a student.


As the experiment unfolds, the psychologist, Dr. Shields, takes interest in Jess— so much so that Dr. Shields proposes continuing the study beyond the classroom, a request that Jess agrees to.


But as Dr. Shields’s study continues, Jess starts to realize just how dangerous it can be to share your secrets with someone— even a therapist.


My Critique


Before I read this book, I saw a number of people online (of course) complaining that it was boring.  And while I wouldn’t exactly use that word, I do have to say, it’s a slow-moving story—but I also thought it was done pretty well.


I was hooked from the moment I started this book, right up until I finished reading today.  The plot twists were excellent (and yes, there were more than one!).  But there’s one little detail that did drive me crazy…




When Jess first “meets” Thomas outside of the museum, she describes him as the male counterpart of a good-looking couple who assisted Marilyn, the woman who was hit by the cab.  Yet, nowhere else throughout the story do we hear about the woman who Thomas was supposedly with at that moment, and it wouldn’t make sense for the authors to have Jess misunderstand his relationship (or lack thereof) to the other woman at the scene of the accident.


Was this just the result of poor editing/ revisions?



Have you read An Anonymous Girl yet?  And, if you did, what did you think?