My Name is Anna
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 biggest theme park.
She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on
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 si ...more
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 fiftee ...more
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 ...more
Told from the point of view of 2 girls in 2 different countri ...more
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, ...more
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 sister's story and as we switch sea ...more
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 predicta ...more
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 shado ...more
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 difficul ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 th ...more
The book begins with Anna, who has always been taug ...more
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 ) ...more
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 when you finish a book and you just get what/>A ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 reac ...more
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 pri ...more
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 ...more
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 departmen ...more