When I saw the blurb of My Name Is Anna, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I sent a request to the publisher and thankfully, I received a review copy.
About The Book
Length: 400 Pages
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 the same day?
ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.
But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?
Should You Bother Reading “My Name Is Anna”?
When I started reading My Name is Anna, Lizzy Barber’s debut thriller, I was so convinced it was loosely based on a real-life case, truth be told, it could have been based on any number of these terrifying child abduction cases across the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘My Name is Anna‘ from the outset, my attention was grabbed by the intriguing prologue and beautiful prose. Lizzy Barber manages to balance a compelling narrative with excellent attention to detail and exquisite descriptions.
‘My Name is Anna‘ is such a well-written book. It brilliantly covers all sorts of issues including religion, coercion and the repercussions of past mistakes. It’s fast-paced yet sensitive, with several layers. The characters are richly developed and, thanks to Barber’s descriptions, I could see them in my mind’s eye. Anna’s mother, in particular, was brilliantly evoked.
Told from two points of view, ‘My Name is Anna‘ is an interesting study of self-discovery. By creating eighteen-year-old Anna and Rosie, who is sixteen, Barber evokes a time every reader can understand: adolescence. Combining typical coming-of-age drama with a serious crime is an effective tactic, I thought this was particularly inventive. What started out as a novel about a missing child turned into something that is dark, chilling and quite intoxicating.
I highly recommend this book. What’s the last crime thriller you read that left you breathless?