REVIEW – An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl

Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

I really enjoyed Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s previous novel “The Wife Between Us”. So as soon as I saw the cover for this novel and read the synopsis, I knew I just had to read it.

I devoured this novel in just a few hours, ignoring everything and everyone as I read.

The book opens as twenty-eight-year-old makeup artist; Jessica Farris is heading to her last appointment of the day. She travels to her clients instead of them coming to her. Even though she doesn’t always know who will answer the door, Jessica doesn’t fear strangers. She’s learned that “more harm can come from familiar faces”.

Jessica enjoys what she does. Her appointment is with two young women who are going out to a club that evening. As she applies their makeup, she loses herself in her work, barely hearing the women chatting to each other. But then she overhears a voicemail message one of the women plays…

“This is Ben Quick, Dr. Shields’s assistant. I’m confirming your appointments this weekend, for tomorrow and Sunday from eight to ten a.m. The location again is Hunter Hall, Room 214. I’ll meet you in the lobby and take you up.”

Jessica doesn’t know that this message will change her life completely.

A psych professor needs subjects for a study on morality and ethics. Applicants will be paid to answer questions. Jessica could really use the money. So when she hears that her client likely won’t be attending, she decides to go in her place…

She’s accepted into the study and will be bound by a confidentiality agreement. Jessica is told there are no right or wrong answers, she just needs to be completely open and honest. The questions are personal and may trigger very emotional responses….

“Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?”

But Jessica surprises herself and the doctor when she doesn’t shy away from the questions. When the sessions are complete, the doctor asks if Jessica would consider expanding her participation in the study. It would mean more would be asked of her…. SIGNIFICANTLY MORE. It would also mean more money.

Jessica really opens up to the doctor. She talks about the pressure she’s under and the secret she’s kept for so many years. “Guilt is always the heaviest thing I carry”. With Dr. Shields, she’s able to reveal things she’s never talked about before.

But as the project expands, Jessica starts to wonder what the doctor is doing with all of the information collected. What will the doctor do with Jessica’s innermost thoughts? Her confessions? Her mistakes? Then the assignments take a strange and unexpected turn. Is she just being paranoid or is something sinister going on?

An Anonymous Girl” was a thought-provoking and phenomenal read. It pulled me in from the beginning and wouldn’t let go. The chapters are a nice length and alternate between Jessica and the doctor’s point of view.

In my opinion, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen knocked this one out of the park. This was a fascinating psychological suspense novel with a great storyline, excellent characters, and twists and turns that kept me flipping pages at a rapid pace.

A wonderfully dark and suspenseful novel about love, anger, betrayal, morality, and obsession.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

Goodreads Monday: July 30, 2018

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog too!!

Today the book I’m going to show off is :

 

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

Expected publication: October 2, 2018 by Ballantine Books

 

Goodreads Description:

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

 

My Thoughts:

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors and A Spark of Light is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. It sounds like it’s going to be another exciting and emotional novel and I can’t wait to read it.

Do you have this book on your wishlist or TBR?

Happy Reading everyone!!

Music Monday – Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, 3 (goodbye cruel world)

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song and video I am sharing today is:

 

Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall parts 1, 2, 3 (goodbye cruel world)

Pink Floyd is another band that my brother introduced me too when I was about seven or eight. My brother was someone who really influenced my taste in music and introduced me to so many great singers and bands. I still love Pink Floyd and can listen to their music for hours. (But the movie The Wall still terrifies me!).

Happy Music Monday!!

 

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1) by Pink Floyd

Daddy’s flown across the ocean
Leaving just a memory
Snapshot in the family album
Daddy what else did you leave for me?
Daddy, what’d’ja leave behind for me?
All in all it was just a brick in the wall
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave those kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave those kids alone
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

“Wrong, do it again!”
“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
“You! Yes, you behind the bike sheds, stand still laddy!”

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3) by Pink Floyd

I don’t need no arms around me
And I don’t need no drugs to calm me
I have seen the writing on the wall
Don’t think I need anything at all

No, don’t think I’ll need anything at all

All in all it was all just bricks in the wall
All in all you were all just bricks in the wall

 

Songwriters: Roger Waters

Another Brick in the Wall lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

 

 

 

REVIEW – Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Girls' Night Out

Published: July 24th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

 

Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren have traveled all the way to Tulum, Mexico in hopes of rekindling their previous friendships.

The book opens in present time.  Natalie awakens the morning of their last day in Mexico. She panics when she realizes she’s not in her hotel bed. She’s not in any bed. She is outside the hotel, on the beach…alone. She heads to her hotel room to find Ashley, hoping she can help her figure out what happened. Bits and pieces of the previous night flit in and out of her mind, but there are some big gaps in her memory.  When she gets to the room she sees Ashley’s things are there but Ashley isn’t. Natalie figures she must be with Lauren. But when gets to Lauren’s room, Lauren says she hasn’t seen Ashley either.

The trip had been Ashley’s idea. She wanted to reconnect with her friends. Ashley and Natalie work together but they had barely seen Lauren after a tragedy and a terrible fight the year before.

Unfortunately, the trip hadn’t been going as planned. It didn’t help that Ashley had been spending a lot of time with a local man. This caused friction between the friends as the man barely left their sides, making it very hard for them to reconnect.  It also doesn’t help that they’re all keeping secrets from each other.

Was the trip that was meant to bring them back together pushing them even further apart?

Now Ashley is missing. Did she go off somewhere willingly? Was she kidnapped? And why is Natalie having such a hard time remembering what happened the night before? And how come her dress was wet when she woke up on the beach?

Where is Ashley?

We hear all of the friend’s perspectives as the time frame flips back and forth over the past few days and up until the present time.    A couple of times the characters seemed to flip faster than I could keep up with so occasionally I had to take a moment to figure out who was who. But for the most part, I was able to keep everyone straight.

It’s always nice when you feel you can relate to some of the characters you are reading about. I felt like I could relate to some of the things these women were going through. I liked that the authors dedicated the book to friendship.

All in all, this was an interesting read with some good twists, engaging characters, and an intriguing plot. A good summer read! This was my first read from Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. I’m looking forward to reading more from this talented duo.

I’d like to thank Lake Union Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.