Jess's life is filled with secrets: from her parents, from her friends, from her lovers. But secrets are meant to protect people, right? Sometimes keeping a secret is in the other person's best interest....or that's what Jess has been telling herself until now. Until she lies her way into a psychological research study on morality and ethics. What she doesn't know is that after this, she won't have any secrets left, but she will have done a lot more lying before it is all over.
This is my first Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen book. I have heard great things about this duo and the way they write psychological thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat. In that regard, this book did not disappoint. The characters are supremely messed up almost like a train wreck (i.e., so bad you can't look away). Despite that, I generally found myself rooting for Jess and hoping that her better nature would win out. There were a few twists that I had anticipated as the book went on. Part of that is probably knowing the genre of the book. Despite that, there were a number of twists I was not expecting that I found really intriguing.
My biggest gripe with this book (and this is where a spoiler alert comes in so look away now......) was the Epilogue. Maybe Jess blackmailing Thomas was supposed to be ironic? You know like, after all the $#*! she went through with Dr. Shields and her morality study and she still chooses to be immoral? I can see the irony there, but I don't like it. I wanted her to be redeemable in some way and after doing that, she just isn't. I have a hard time with stories where none of the main characters is redeemable at the end.