Perfect Villain

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was my vacation read.  Jessica is a make-up artist who manages to get herself involved in a morality study for extra cash.  Dr. Lydia Shields is in charge of the study and she becomes particularly interested in Jessica.  Jessica opens up to Dr. Shields about her most confidential secrets, including her part in a family tragedy.

They become closer, until some of Dr. Shields’s requests become uncomfortable.  Jessica is asked to flirt with various strangers, and to put herself in unsafe situations.  She isn’t quite sure how these requests connect to the study.  Jessica begins to research more about Dr. Shields.  She discovers that Lydia is currently being sued by a deceased patient’s mother (among other oddities).

Meanwhile, we find out that Dr. Shields’s true motivation is to test her unfaithful husband, Thomas.  She wants to find out if “once a cheater, always a cheater” is true for him, and she is using Jessica as bait.  In a strange twist, Jessica has met and slept with Thomas on her own.  It becomes quite clear that Dr. Shields, while brilliant, is obsessed with her husband.  She will do anything to keep him, even if it means hurting those that threaten to take him away.

Jessica works with Thomas to outsmart Lydia, but the truth is twisted between the two.  When Jessica tries to cut ties with the doctor, she loses her job and her family is threatened.  Lydia Shields is a perfect villain.  Read to find out if Jessica is able to escape her clutches!

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