Publish Date: March 3, 2020
“When someone conjures unease in you, there are usually good reasons behind it.” — You Are Not Alone
Shay Miller wants to find love, but it eludes her. She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is increasingly lonely.
Until Shay meets the Moore sisters. Cassandra and Jane live a life of glamorous perfection, and always get what they desire. When they invite Shay into their circle, everything seems to get better.
Shay would die for them to like her.
She may have to.
Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen are a dynamic duo that create excellent grip lit. I liked their first book, The Wife Between Us, and loved their second book, An Anonymous Girl. I wondered — would their 3rd book live up to the expectations set by their previous books? Of course it did!
Shay Miller is a lonely, single working girl and not living her best NYC life. Through a tragic twist of fate, she meets two dynamic sisters, Cassandra & Jane Moore, that pull her into their orbit and inject glamour, glitz, and excitement into Shay’s world. But wait! The new friendship with the Moore sisters come with strings….. long, twisty, complicated ones… and a hefty price. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
I enjoyed the whole girl-down-on-her-luck plotline. Shay’s life seems hopeless and lackluster and I rooted for her to succeed. The Moore sisters seem to manipulate her easily, but it made me wonder – was Shay manipulating them? The authors are always full of surprises so I was ready to expect the unexpected.
I love the Hendricks/Pekkanen style of writing, alternating POVs, and the way that they build the suspense, intrigue, and develop their central characters. One of the things that I really like about their books is the smart, intelligent, resourceful female characters and this book had many of these.
Not everyone is likeable or makes good decisions, but the story is riveting and binge-worthy. Shay’s obsession with a dead girl was a bit unnatural; what are her motivations? Are the Moore sisters cray cray, masterminds, or victims? You must read this book and find out. I loved the surprises and twists.
Shay’s data book also lends a unique, refreshing perspective with fun facts sprinkled in. My favorite data book quotes:
“Numbers never lie. Statistics, charts, percentages – they don’t contain hidden agendas or shades of gray. They’re pure and true. It isn’t until people start meddling with them, spinning and shaping them, that they become dishonest.”
“Connecting with each other is one of the most essential things we can do.”
“We tend to like people whom we perceive as similar to us. And the less information we have about a person, the more important these perceived similarities are influencing our approval.”
“Numbers affect the way people see you.”
“Tons of studies have found that attractive, well-groomed individuals are assumed to possess positive qualities that aren’t even related to their appearance – they’re perceived as being more intelligent, more interesting, and more trustworthy. This is sometimes called the halo effect.”
This book is about insecurities, revenge, statistics, power, mental illness, murder, obsession, manipulation, connections, and betrayal. It’s fast-paced and I couldn’t stop reading it. The ending was perfect tied everything together. I like An Anonymous Girl a little bit better, but this story is really good.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.