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My Name is Anna

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,465 ratings  ·  421 reviews
'A dark, addictive read, with a real heart at its core. I loved it' – AMY LLOYD, bestselling author of The Innocent Wife
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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Published November 1st 2018 by Cornerstone Digital
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Brooke Books are sometimes published under different names in different countries and continents. By the looks of it, My Name is Anna is the UK edition and A…moreBooks are sometimes published under different names in different countries and continents. By the looks of it, My Name is Anna is the UK edition and A Girl Named Anna is the North American edition. (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie Rosenblit
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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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Anna has always followed the rules laid out by her “Mamma;” however, when she turns eighteen, she travels to Astroland, a big theme park. She’s immediately struck by how familiar the park seems, and she receives a letter addressed to different name.

Rosie’s sister has been missing for years, and her family is torn apart emotionally by the search and lack of answers. It’s fifteen years since her sister went missing, and the anniversary is approaching. Rosie is determined to find her sister herself
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

My name is Anna is one of those books that captures your attention from the moment you look at its cover. Then, it drags you into a story, makes you bite your nails throughout, lifts you up in the air with the amazing writing and than smashes you back into the ground with the incredible twist at the end. Exactly what you want and what you need from a thrille
Diana • Book of Secrets
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
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

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
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
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
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
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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. I kn
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

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
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
There a giveaway for this book up on my INSTA!

I knew upon reading the synopsis that this was going to be one I’d have to read. I have a bit of a thing for mysteries revolving around strange and powerful religious cults. Books involving child abductions almost always prove to be emotional and gripping reads. I went into it with fingers crossed that one with both would be a win-win. I was not disappointed.

The first thing I’ll comment on is Lizzy Barber’s writing style. It’s difficult to put a fing
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
If you like psychological suspense, then this debut novel by Lizzy Barber is the book for you. I rarely reread the synopsis before I got into a new read - I figure if I have it, there was some reason I wanted it so I just go in blind. For some reason, I decided to reread the synopsis on this one (I think because I have about 3 different books on my TBR with the name Anna in the title) and I'm glad that I did because knowing this is suspense fiction definitely made a difference rather than expect ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

When I started A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but what I got was a slow-burn that quickly picked up speed and an ending that leaves you wanting more.

A Girl Named Anna is about two girls living very different lives. Anna lives in a small city in Florida with her Mamma who is very religious and makes Anna live by many rules. Rosie lives in the UK and is haunted by the disappearance of her sister fifteen years prior. I really liked how both stor
Jamie Rosenblit
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

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
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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love debut works, especially suspense/thrillers, as I am always interested to see if an author can pull off taking a rather tired topic, and making it fresh and new. For me, this book fell somewhere in between the two. While there were some good moments in the book, way too much is given away just by reading the back of the book, and unfortunately, without a complete suspension of reality, much of the book is unbelievable, at best.

The book begins with Anna, who has always been taught that her
Frank Phillips
3.5 Stars rounded down
Excited to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! Looking forward to reading and reviewing it soon!
Rachel Hall
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lizzy Barber’s debut is a well-written and hugely compelling dark psychological thriller with a premise straight from a tabloid headline that doesn’t hinge on one shocking twist. This is largely because the connection between the two narratives that comprise the book is obvious right from the start. Surprisingly however the story manages to be incredibly suspenseful and what sustains it is the fact that there is no easy or standard resolution to the situation and simple way of righting a wrong.

This was a 2019 Sept MyBookBox Mystery selection.

A Girl Named Anne is told from the viewpoint of two girls. One, Anna, whose story is slightly more important, and a second, Rosie, whose voice is far more engaging. The story centers on what happened to Rosie's missing sister, Emily, who went missing when Rosie's British family was visiting Astroland (aka Harry Potter land aka Star Wars World aka Disney World)

It is not a bad book, and many people loved it, but I found it to be, well, a bit bori
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
Ludwig Reads
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
Jamele (BookswithJams)
This book gripped me right from the start and was absolutely fascinating until the very end! What an interesting concept, to follow a girl that has been taken, as well as the family that she was taken from and show how it has affected all of them over the years. Things are coming to a head as we are nearing the fifteenth anniversary of the disappearance, and emotions are high all around. But what really set this apart and took it to the next level for me was the fact that a cult was thrown into ...more
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
Carrie Carter
Anna lives in a quiet town with her Mamma, who is very strict and religious. One day Anna does deceives Mamma and goes to Astroland even though it’s forbidden. While there, Anna begins to have a feeling that she remembers this place and then she receives a letter from a mysterious man addressed with a different name. Is this a coincidence?

Rosie has grown up in the shadow of her missing, older sister Emily, who was taken from a theme park. On the 15th anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, R
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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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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