Plot summary: young woman becomes an assistant in a dream study, only to find out that things are (as they say) “not as they seem.” There is intrigue and romance. The inside-baseballish talk about dreams is interesting and well done. The prose aims to be smart, and it mostly succeeds.
But it’s also an ambitious story, and here it falls short. I have no doubt that Benjamin is going to be a very talented novelist. But in Anatomy, her reach exceeds her grasp. The third act in particular feels too long, and works too hard to tie up every single loose end. A tighter ending and some ambiguity wouldn’t have been a bad thing.
If you are really interested in dreams, it’s probably worth a look. Otherwise, pass. Though it might be worth keeping an eye out for her next book.