“We all have reasons for our judgments, even if those reasons are so deeply buried we don’t recognize them ourselves.”
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Number of Pages: 375
Perspective: First Alternating
Location: New York City, NY
Motivated by her need for money, Jessica weasels her way into a psychology professor’s study on ethics and morality. She doesn’t realize that she just threw herself into the psychiatrist’s ruthless and manipulative test for her husband. For a complete summary, you can go here.
TL;DR: Very interesting psychological thriller about a seemingly harmless study turned into a creepy morality test with a stalker vibe.
Full Review: First of all, I am excited to announce that Judging More Than Just The Cover will be starting a podcast as an extension of our website. The first discussion will cover an in-depth look at this book (and include spoilers). Keep your eye out for that in the next few weeks. So I will keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, which is difficult for thrillers.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I pushed through the beginning to keep up with my peers reading the book for the podcast. [It was great motivation to stick to one book and not book-hop like I normally do…it’s a BIG problem, I know.] But I got hooked pretty quickly and finished it in just a few sittings. There was one point in the book where I could not put it down anymore because I needed to find out what was happening. It’s one of those books where you don’t know one hundred percent what’s happening or who you can trust until the end, which was exciting. I love stories that keep me guessing. This one still has me confused about a few events even after finishing. I usually don’t like that, but the ending was clear enough to still give me enough resolution to be satisfied.
My main issue was with the POV shifts. I understand why the doctor’s sections were written passively to mimic case notes, but it was jarring at first and annoying throughout. Because of my anti-passive-writing critique group, all use of passive writing now sticks out to me.
I definitely recommend this book to people who love thrillers. It would be great for a book club because of how much conversation it sparked, especially about ethics. It could even be interesting for a morality and ethics class to read as an assignment and discussion. Now, I am excited to read their other book, The Wife Between Us. If you are interested in buying An Anonymous Girl, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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