|PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press
PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019
Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free physical ARC copy of this book to read and review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
This book follows the life of makeup artist Jessica Farris. She travels to the homes of her clients, to do their makeup, whether it be for a night out to a club, for a wedding, for a photo shoot, etc. She loves what she does and enjoys her job.
One evening when she is at the house of her last client for the day, she overhears a voicemail left on her clients phone regarding an upcoming appointment this weekend, stating the time and location of the meeting. Intrigued, Jessica learns that her client has decided not to show up to this appointment, and decides to secretly go in her place.
Dr. Shield’s, a Psychology Professor, is doing a study on morality and ethics, and has several questions for the subjects in her study. Dr. Shield’s pays her subjects for their time and their honest answers, and all questions for the study are delivered in a private room via a computer. All Jessica has to do is type in her answer to each question, and answer as honestly and in dept as she can.
Before she knows it, Jessica is in way over her head with the study. The typed answers on the computer soon turn to real life situations, where Dr. Shield’s wants Jessica to follow through with certain tasks and challenges in society, and Jessica has to pass certain “tests”. Jessica begins to wonder just what this study is about, and why Dr. Shield’s has her doing such tasks.
3 words to describe this book: obsessive, gripping, and riveting!! Wow! What a book!
This book certainly lived up to all of the hype I have been reading about when reading other bloggers and reviewers talk about this book. I loved the writing of this novel, and Hendricks and Pekkanen did not disappoint! Even though this book is not released until January 2019, I had to read this book as soon as I got it.
I was hooked from the very first page. Hendricks and Pekkanen have a style of writing and a way with words that captivate their audience and sucks the reader in. The pages literally turn themselves. I read this book in one sitting, it was that riveting. You will find yourself immersed in this book right through to the shocking end! You will be sitting on the edge of your seat the entire way through this book, and before you know it you will be at the end.
If you haven’t had your eyes on this book yet be sure to be on the lookout for it and add it to your to be read list. You too will love it!
All of the stars for this fantastic book!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars