Thank you to Netgalley for a free advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Phew! This was dark, twisty, and gripping. Told from two perspectives, the story reminded me of a snowball – starting small but growing and gaining momentum as I turned the pages. Finally, the snowball flew off a cliff, and my heart stopped as I waited for the story to crash land and give me the resolution I needed. Be sure to pick up your copy when this book is released 1/8/2019!
There are two main characters in this book: Jessica, a young makeup artist trying to make a living in NYC, and Dr. Lydia Shields, a psychiatrist conducting a research study on ethics. Jessica ends up a subject in the study and finds her world colliding with Dr. Shields’ in a way that she never expected. Both carrying major secrets, one would think they have a lot in common, but it turns out that they couldn’t be more different.
Dr. Shields uses money, power, and intimidation to force Jessica into taking a larger role in the study than Jessica realized. She ends up on a slippery slope with nobody to pull her out of it but herself – can she do it?
The only reason I couldn’t give this one 5 stars was because I felt like the rising action was just a bit too long. I really found myself connecting with Jessica and hoping that her character was going to come out of the story okay. The rising action made me nervous, but by the time we got to the bulk of the drama of the book, I felt a little bored. But the story was completely redeemed in the last 5 chapters.