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My Name is Anna

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,052 ratings  ·  236 reviews
'A dark, addictive read, with a real heart at its core. I loved it' – AMY LLOYD, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife
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Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s b
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ebook, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Cornerstone Digital
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Kylie D
An intriguing thriller about two teenage girls, separated by an ocean, leading vastly different lives. Anna is an 18 year old growing up in Florida, being raised by her deeply religious single mother, whereas Rosie is in London, living with her parents and younger brother, but this existence is overshadowed by the disappearance of her older sister Emily at a theme park in Florida 15 years before. Both young women are searching for the truth, what happened that day 15 years ago. Who is behind Emi ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie
2.5 stars rounded to 3.

This review will be kept brief, as my issues were mainly subjective and I have no interest in swaying a reader from purchasing this book. My hopes were high going into A Girl Named Anna, and this may partially be due to its being marketed as a thriller involving a sinister cult. The cult is indeed sinister, but it doesn't play a major role in the novel until around the 90% mark. The pacing is very slow, which isn't a problem, but this may be due to the fact that this is a
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Pauline
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber is a story that kept my gripped from the first page to the last. I could not put it down and read it in one day.
Anna lives with her mamma in a house with little comforts and has a very strict religious upbringing. On her eighteenth birthday she goes to a Florida theme park for the first time but remembers having been there once before.
Rosie's elder sister Emily disappeared when she was three years old when they were on holiday in Florida and now fifteen years late
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Book of Secrets
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars → A GIRL NAMED ANNA is an engrossing debut novel that's part mystery and part family drama. At the center of this book is a child abduction and its aftermath for everyone involved. The story alternates between two teenage protagonists: Anna in Florida, being raised by her very religious mother, and Rosie in England, whose older sister Emily vanished 15 years earlier at an amusement park. On this year's anniversary of Emily's disappearance, things happen that propel both girls forward t ...more
Louise Wilson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
On her 18th birthday, Anna defies her Mamma's rules and visits Florida's biggest theme park. She has never been allowed to go, so why, when she arrives, does everything feel so familiar? When she returns home, she receives a note addressing her by a different name, a name she recognises.

Rosie has grown up in the shadow of her older sisters disappearance. She was 1 year old when her sister disappeared. They have tried everything in their power to get her back. But Rosie discovers the Trust that
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Ken
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly engrossing debut as both the two main protagonist and the reader simultaneously want to keep delving forward to uncover the truth.

As Eighteen year old Anna decides to defy her strict mother’s wishes and plans a trip to ‘Astroland’, one of Florida’s most popular theme parks.
During her visit Anna starts to feel like she’s already been there before, surly that’s impossible?

Whilst Rosie has always had to live with the knowledge of her missing old sister Emily, the shadow it casts over her w
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Mandy White
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved My Name is Anna!! I wanted to devour it in one sitting but my eyes had other ideas. Whilst at work I was thinking about what was going to happen next and how the 2 girls were feeling. Another tough story for a parent to read but I just had to know how it ended. It was emotional and had an ending that I didn't see coming. I would have liked it to keep going a few more chapters from where it ended but I just loved it.

Told from the point of view of 2 girls in 2 different countries. Anna is
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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My name is Anna was my first book by this author and If I'm being honest I enjoyed the first half much more than the second.
Telling the story of the aftermath of a young girls abduction and the effect this has on the people impacted by these tragic events we pick up the story fifteen years after the fact.
Told from two sisters POV Anna/Emily currently residing with her Mama in the USA and Rosie younger sister of abducted Emily living with her mum dad and brother in the UK.
This is mainly the siste
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Sarah
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good. It’s split into two narrators - Anna and her sister Rosie. Anna who was called Emily was snatched from Astroland as a toddler and now living with the woman who took her. I won’t reveal much but I really did like both Anna and Rosie. You could tell how completely different their lives were. It was different than what I expected. There was a lot about God, cults and the church which I haven’t read in a thriller yet. The book kept me entertained and I was really ...more
Lisa
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber is a thriller that did not grab me not saying that it wasnt well written but i didnt care for the characters both leading different lives, the story was told by 2 POV's Anna & Rosie.


For me it just dragged a bit especially in the first half of the book, the prose was good but i figured out the mystery early which was disappointing thus a 3 star rating, thats not to say i wouldnt read anything else by this author i would it was just so predictable which i hate.
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My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber. (2018).

Anna has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But the day she turns 18, she breaks her mother's rules and visits a theme park. She's never been allowed to go, so why does it all seem so familiar? Is there a connection to the random letter she gets later that day?
Rosie has grown up in the shadow of her missing sister Emily. It's been 15 years since she disappeared and Rosie is determined to
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Jamie
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
2.5 Stars

Once again, another book marketed as a thriller that is really not. My Name is Anna is much more a story of a kidnapping and the search for answers and reality than a true thriller. From the synopsis this book offers, I expected twisty cult drama and taut suspense, which was not what I got with this one. The writing was sharp but I picked this one up looking for some good suspense and being that in that mindset, I truly felt let down. Be sure to go into this one knowing that and I think
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Shalini

This book had all the makings of a thriller which caused the heart to beat at a strange rhythm especially when I knew that things were reaching a point where secrets had to be revealed.

A child Emily kidnapped from a ride in a theme park on a vacation to Florida, 15 years ahead, the family in London was still ravaged by the loss when Rosie the sister decided to get to the truth. Across the river in Florida, Anna lead a biblical life with a fanatic mother who was obsessed with cleanliness and dir
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Ingstje
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up.
Most surprising novel of the year so far! I loved this debut, it was so much deeper and darker than I thought it would be.

A story always has two sides and I was thrilled the author didn’t choose to write this magnificent story in a single narrative but opted for a dual narrative by Anna and Rosie, sharing their own individual story in alternating chapters. Their very different, contrasting lives made for fascinating reading and the anticipation of seeing these threads come t
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Kristy
Excited to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Looking forward to reading and reviewing it soon!
Mark
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

Mmmmmmmm, an interesting but at times uncomfortable story of a girl kidnapped from a Florida Theme Park 15 years ago...
The story is told in 2 halves, one chapter from ‘Anna’s’ narrative the other from the Sister, Rosie’s.
Anna is in America and Rosie in London so the differences in narrative style keeps you on your toes as you swop continents
The story is there for you from the beginning and then you work backwards from the present day to the day of the kidnapping ( and before )
Mamma ( the Americ
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Ludwig
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“...and there it was: the missing piece...something that convinced me it wasn’t a dream at all. It was a memory.”

A Girl Named Anna is an emotionally-driven, well-written story about a missing girl called Anna, and the journey her sister has to go through. To find her. To discover the truth about what happened to her fifteen years ago when she mysteriously vanished from Florida's biggest theme park. The book is told through the POVs of both sisters.

Did someone take Anna? Where is Anna?

You know w
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Joanne Robertson
My Name is Anna is a stunning debut novel that I defy you not to lose yourself in and read in one session. It’s an involving, character driven mystery that is so beautifully written it’s impossible not to fall in love with these two young girls as they struggle to make sense of their life changing discoveries.

There’s a fascinating and very current feel to the plot line and, as I’ve always been drawn to real life cases where missing children are searched for by their families, it was a must read
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Elli (Kindig Blog)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anna lives in a strictly religious household and loves her mamma, but after her 18th birthday she starts to have some memories she can’t quite place – is everything really as it seems?

I found My Name is Anna to be a very frustrating read, it’s an interesting concept and actually a quite a good story but the entire progression of the plot could be guessed before you even pick up the book! The blurb gives enough away that when the reveal comes at 60% of the way through you have no reaction, I then
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KC
Growing up in a rural community, being raised by a woman who is often an overbearing religious extremist, Anna begins to feel an overwhelming sense of dread that she may not be who her mother claims she is. For twelve years, Rosie has always wondered what happened to her missing sister Emily and finally sets forth to uncover the mystery of her abduction. Two girls, thousands of miles apart, each searching for the truth. For those who enjoy Megan Miranda and Gilly Macmillan.
Maureen Moyes
Exciting and gripping story!

The book is set in the UK and USA and takes a bit of thought to get into the story.  It is told from the point of view of two girls, Anna and Rosie, who experienced very different childhoods from each other.  

I enjoyed the twists running through the book. The story touches on heartbreak, friendship, family, loss and love.  I would highly recommend.Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK and Lizzy Barber for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to public
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Nic
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 enjoyably different stars.

This is a great book mainly because it’s told backwards; you know what has happened, so the book is about going back to the beginning, told from different viewpoints, the circumstances that lead the Anna’s disappearance.

Clever writing means you get a real feel for the characters and the book feels joined up rather than disjointed despite being set in different time periods and locations at times.

Dropped a star only because the end quarter seemed to take a turn in
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Joanne
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Name is Anna is narrated in alternate chapters by Anna and Rosie. Anna lives in Florida with her Mamma who is very religious, strict and controlling. Mamma keeps Anna as secluded from the world as she can. There are no computers or mobile phones in their house. The focus is on being clean and pure to please God. Anna does go to school though and has a boyfriend, William, son of the local pastor. When they sneak off on a forbidden trip to a local theme park for her 18th birthday, Anna becomes ...more
Maggie61
Two teenage girls. Rosie and Anna. Growing up worlds apart. But are they connected?
For Rosie, she’s lived in the shadow of the missing sister she never knew. She’s the oldest in her family. But not really. She’s the only daughter. But not really. She finds an email about money running out of the foundation to find her sister. Emily disappeared from a theme park 15 years ago. Who took her? Is she still alive? She needs to do something. But how can a young girl find out what thousands weren’t able
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Kendall
Aug 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Well.. what can I say about this book?

My hopes were extremely high going into this book. For one I LOVE that cover! But, the story inside wasn't as juicy as I was hoping :(.

The first half the book dragged on for me and I just couldn't connect to the characters. I don't necessarily think this should be marketed as thriller more dark women's fiction in my opinion. So, please know that going in that this isn't a thriller.

Also, there was major content warning... if you're sensitive to child abuse
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OutlawPoet
When I began reading this one, I was a bit dismayed. The overall plot was familiar and, as I read, predictable.

While it doesn't stop being predictable, it does get very, very interesting. The reason behind everything was unique and horrifying.

While told from two points of view, the truth is that only one point of view is truly important. Rosie's story gives you a tiny bit of background, but everything she goes through is kind of pointless.

Anna's story is everything and is the one that keeps you
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Marc Bougharios
3.5 stars

For a debut novel, Barber really stands out with this psychological thriller and brings in a new fresh voice in the thriller world.

Anna lives with her mom, but nothing is what it seems. She lives a very strict life in which her mom controls almost every aspect of it. But what secrets are her mom hiding? And why, on a trip to Astroworld, does she remember being there before?

This book had a really good plot and it started with a really strong start. I love that we get to see the relati
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booksofallkinds
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all received lots of lovely books to set you up right for 2019. My first book for the year is MY NAME IS ANNA by Lizzy Barber and what an amazing book to start the year off with. Compelling, emotional and haunting in ways beyond your imagination, this story is everything I hoped it would be and more.

Anna has grown up in a very strict religious household but when she breaks the rules and goes to a theme park in Florida for her eighteenth birthday it will set of
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Ashleigh
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your whole life is a lie who can you trust?

I really enjoyed A Girl Named Anna by lizzy barber it was a fast paced read that i couldn't put down. It was told in multiple points of view and at first I was interested how the two stories would connect, then once I found out the connection I was unable to put it down because I needed to know how the story would pan out. It was well thought out narrative thst came together seamlessly with great character development. I was a little disappointed in
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Susan Atkin
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
It started off quite well and got a bit silly and religious. Some people would love it but in comparison to other thriller books I have read it was very average.
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I am a London-based author, living in Islington with my husband, George. I read English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, and My Name Is Anna is my first novel.

Having previously dabbled in acting and film development, I have spent the last eight years working in the restaurant business with my brother, Jamie, heading up our brand and marketing department. We have a small group
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