Published January 8th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio
Several bloggers I follow listed this as one of their favourites so far this year, so I finally listened to this audiobook. I started listening to this book in the morning and kept listening until it was finished.
Jessica Farris is a twenty-eight-year-old makeup artist, who travels to her clients and does their makeup in their homes. She does not make a lot of money and her father has recently lost her job. When she hears a phone message at at client’s house about a psychological study that is recruiting subjects, she decides that if her client isn’t attending, she will go instead. The study is about morality and ethics, and she has not idea what she is in for. This decision changes her life.
I do not want to share anymore about the plot because you need to discover it for your yourself. This was a gripping psychological suspense novel with a great storyline, excellent characters, and twists and turns that kept glued to the story. It was dark and suspenseful. There were unreliable narrators, interesting and unlikable characters, and a creepy story of obsession, without violence. There is obviously some mental health issues with some of the characters, and one who preys on innocents for her own, selfish reasons. It was a story about love, anger, betrayal, morality, and obsession. One thing I learned is that you need to make sure you read the fine print before signing anything.
I listened to the audiobook of this story narrated by Barrie Kreinik and Julia Whelan. These are new narrators to me. With two female main characters, the narrators did a wonderful job of giving them two very distinct voices. I loved how Barrie Kreinik gave Dr. Sheilds the rather snooty, polished sounding voice. I could picture her perfectly. With Jessica being younger, and a bit unsure of herself, Julia Whelan’s interpretation of this character was well done. Both of these narrators have a lot of books in their resume, so I know I will have the opportunity to enjoy their narration again.
About the Book: The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.
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?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.