Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Book Review | My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber

My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber book review

My Rating: 9/10 
Published: 10th January 2019 
Pages: 182 
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller,
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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 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?
Before starting this review I will be straight up honest and say that this book features a lot of things I find fascinating, such as conspiracy theories, theme parks, missing people and more so it really had my attention from the start which pretty much guaranteed I was going to enjoy it, and I did.
This story is a thriller and is told from the perspective of Anna, the girl who has had a strict upbringing in Florida, and Rosie, a girl who lives in London whose older sister went missing when she was just a baby, 15 years ago.
Going into the book I felt like a relatively big part of the plot was given away by the blurb, and whilst this is the case there is actually so much more to the story than the discovery that *Spoiler-ish* Anna and Rosie are sisters. There are plenty more twists and turns that take part and having it told through two points of view really helps keep the suspense up as it skips from one sister to the other, often at a point where you are dying to read on about what the current sister is getting up to. The two sisters also have such clear differences even in the writing style used which makes it very easy to follow the two stories that are developing. 
Another really strong point of this book is the side characters. They are all so well written and fleshed out that they are very believable. There are often times in the story when I questioned, why is this character doing this, I don't understand, but then as more of the back story develops or some of the plot unfolds it all makes sense and explains a lot about why some of the characters behave the way they do. 
Overall I found this a really interesting and well written story with so much more to it than meets the eye. It was a total page turner and I did not want to put it down. I definitely recommend this if you are after a good thriller, what a great book to kick start the year with! 
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8 comments

  1. Sounds like an interesting book! I do love a good thriller novel; one of those can't put down ones.

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  2. One of my 2019 aims is to read more. I never find the time

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  3. I love thrillers like this and plots that keep you gripped. I think if I can find a copy of this book I would really enjoy it. Have your read anything by CL Taylor she has some great books with similar themes

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  4. What a great review of this book! I'd not heard of it before but it definitely sounds like one I'd enjoy! Thank you for popping it on to my radar! :)

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  5. Ooo now this is one for me, I love a good thriller - added to the list xx

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  6. Loved this review, sounds like a spooky and gripping novel. I'd love to sit and have a read of this xx

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read. I could get a copy and start reading it, will see when can I get hold of it.

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  8. Now this I need to read! Brilliant review!

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