An Anonymous Girl
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I was keen to finish this book because I really wanted to know “whodunit” or who did what, or whatever…but I have to say this double narrative was really unenjoyable.
I’m not sure how these authors write, but I suspect they take a main character each and write that character’s chapters. And, I can see the merit in that, often you want distinct voices to help your readers understand the narrative, but in this instance, it felt a bit like that party game where each person adds a sentence and then passes it along to the next person to add theirs. For some reason I felt like I was jumping from one author to the other with not enough stylistic similarities to create an enjoyable read.
The basic plot is that a young woman agrees to participate in a study on ethics and morality. As the study proceeds she is asked to not just answer questions, but perform certain tasks. Basically, things get weird. The study is the work of Dr. Sheilds, who is manipulative and hiding their own motivation.
To be frank, I thought that this could have been a whole heap better, I mean the premise was fairly exciting and the scope for development was wider than I think was explored. By the end of the novel with all the twists and turns and double crossings and secrets it was all just a bit cheesy.
That’s not to say it wasn’t a quick read and one that people might enjoy – just for the interesting co-writing style. Perhaps if you enter with low expectations, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
About the Author
Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Prior to her tenure in book publishing, she worked at Allure Magazine and earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in the New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Greer lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children, and very needy dog, Rocky. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of several novels including Skipping a Beat. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is the mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.