If It Seems to Good to Be True…

an anonymous girl

An Anonymous Girl

By: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Grade: B

Releases: January 8th

It probably is and you should run away.

When Jessica lies her way into a morality study the strapped for cash girl feels like she hit the jackpot when the Doctor chooses her for “further studies.” Unfortunately for Jess Doctor Lydia has her own goals for this one and may severely be in need of a therapist herself.

Soon Jess finds herself trapped in a maze not only with no way out but no clear definition of the rules.

I received an ARC of An Anonymous Girl from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So let’s just say up front this is obviously not any kind of endorsement of psychology, studies, therapy in fact it’s generally a poor view all around. If that’s something that might bother you for whatever reason you should probably avoid this psychological thriller. There’s also a mystery involving another subjects suicide.

I’ll start with the good. I really didn’t see where this was going or what Lydia’s goals were until they were revealed. Jessica was an intriguing character. A nice bit of likable but still a screw-up. It was believable how she was manipulated and caught up in these traps. I also liked her relationship with Noah and her family.

I loved the idea of wrapping this all up in a study of morals and psychology.

Also because every time a pet shows up in one of these books I’m always on edge I’ll just say this up front… the dog is fine. He’s never even an real issue.

Unfortunately Lydia’s POV did not work out quiet so well for me. I’m just not a fan of the second person You stuff. It also sounds pretentious and ridiculous at times especially when you’ve got a character as over-the-top as Lydia. (Okay, I think she was supposed to over the top.) It made her kind of unbelievable.

Also for most of the book I found the reasoning behind what she was doing a bit eye-rolling. Like girl, just get over it and let it go.

Now I must admit it makes more sense and is more palatable at the end but I had to get to that point first. Still if you can get past Lydia’s narration or second person doesn’t bother you so much it’s a nice little thriller for the winter months and I’m going to give The Wife Between Us a go as well.

Recommend: Overall yes. Narration elements aside.

17 thoughts on “If It Seems to Good to Be True…

  1. I can not stand 2nd person narratives. I have tried so many times but they seriously get on my nerves. So I can totally relate to your point! πŸ™‚
    Brownie points for that flawed character and mystery though, that is something I would also appreciate. After I make a dent in all those books I already own (once can always dream… πŸ˜‰ ), I may check it out. Lovely review. πŸ™‚

  2. I like reading psychological thrillers! Though i don’t think I have ever read a book in second person. The story looks interesting enough and I might give it a read! Lydia seems annoying? I still have to read the wife between us as well!

    1. It’s a good book to try the 2nd person thing because the other point of view is normal so if you don’t like it it’s still only 50% of the novel! Enjoy πŸ™‚

  3. The kindle version came out a few days ago, and i snatched it up right away πŸ˜€
    Not sure if i will like the 2nd person POV, but it’s certainly something i haven’t come across many times. So maybe the novelty of it will be interesting.
    Great review!

  4. Hmm I thought their first book was entertaining enough, but that POV stuff does sound annoying — I’m thinking I’ll put this book off for now. Maybe I’ll check it out if I’m desperate for a mystery but I’m thinking there’s other stuff I want to read first. Nice review! πŸ™‚

  5. This sounds like a Black Mirror episode, so I totally can’t wait to read this. If she’s cash-strapped and she needs it, it makes sense for her to be so unbelievable otherwise the plot wouldn’t be possible. It’s frustrating when a lot of characters actions are forcibly manipulated to carry the plot forward, but it is what it is. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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