A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber.
My Name is Anna was published on 1 November 2018.
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?
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Thank you to Rachel Kennedy and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
My Name is Anna is an absolutely fantastic debut from Lizzy Barber and I found myself hooked from the first page. As I read this over the Christmas break I was lucky that I was able to fully devote my time to enjoying and reading and not having stop halfway through and have to do something annoying – like going to work!
The chapters alternate between Rosie and Anna, who lead completely different lives and live on the opposite side of the world to each. Rosie is 15 and lives in London with her parents and younger brother. When Rosie was a toddler, her older sister disappeared from a theme park whilst they were on holiday on Florida. Although the family have tried to move forward they are also in a sense of limbo and still hoping that one day they will discover what really happened. Every anniversary of the disappearance is the same for her and you can tell that she dreads having to discuss a sister she doesn’t really know.
Anna lives with her very protective and overbearing mama in America. When she visits a famous theme park she senses that she has been here before and begins to feel all sorts of emotions about her past.
As the stories become almost linked, you can almost guess where this is heading but I liked the added twists that stopped you from thinking you knew what was happening. The life that Anna leads is written in complete contrast to the freedom that Rosie has in London and I liked how different this was.
I found the storyline to be emotionally gripping which is exactly what you want in this type of story. The added characters were perfect foils and added to the tension that had steadily built up from the start.
Thoroughly enjoyed this and raced through the pages as I just HAD to know how this would end!
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About the Author
Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University and works as the head of brand and marketing for a restaurant group.
Her debut novel, My Name is Anna, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition and she is currently hard at work on her next thriller.
Lizzy lives in London with her husband.