Jessica steals a place on an ethical study, she needs the extra money and the study just appears to be a series of questions and a couple hours of her time. When she's asked to do more personalised tests with the psychologist in charge she can't believe her luck, being paid to have therapy? What could go wrong...
Having read 'You Are Not Alone' by these two wonderful authors I knew I'd have to pick up one of their other publications soon. 'An Anonymous Girl' had been sitting on my bookshelf for quite sometime so it seemed like the perfect next read, and whilst the concept was very interesting the execution felt rough and confusing. In a simple way of explaining how I felt about this novel's narrative, it felt very much like this meme:
I could just about follow the plot but it did feel a bit all over the place. It started off well but the actual 'mystery' wasn't immediately clear or very convincing once it revealed itself. The mysterious character of Dr Shields was creepy but her obsession with Jessica only felt like the outcome of a worried wife, not necessarily of sociopathic tendencies.
Greer & Sarah's writing styles compliment each other very well, it's not difficult to see why they decided to write books together. Even though I didn't love the story itself I thoroughly enjoyed the process of reading it, I was captivated by the depiction of the characters and settings. Both authors have a knack for getting the reader engaged with the story and keeping them this way right to the end. Progressing through the novel wasn't a chore despite my lack of interest in the actual mystery, it was creepy the way the characters interacted with each other and the chill down my spine when Dr Shields began to show her colours was still prominently there.
Whilst this wasn't my favourite novel, it wasn't worth giving up on. I did want to get to the end and see where Jessica ended up, but, I was quite disappointed that the 'mystery' as such never progressed past a disgruntled wife's suspicions of infidelity.