My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber #NetGalley #BookReview @ByLizzyBarber @arrowpublishing


Author: Lizzy Barber

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Format: Paperback 400 pages

Release Date:  1 November 2018 (E-book)

Publisher: Arrow Publishing

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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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My Thoughts

The story is told from both Anna and Rosie’s viewpoints. Two teenage girls who have been bought up and lived very different lives, however, their pasts are interlinked in more ways than they could possibly imagine. 

This book is slightly different in that very early on you figure out how these two girls are linked but what keeps the suspense flowing and kept me turning pages is the mystery about why and how it all happened in the first place. 

It has to be hands down every mothers worst nightmare, but instead of following it from the mothers point of view, we follow the story from the sisters point of view and how she has been affected by the events. I thought this was a well written different take on this concept and I enjoyed reading Rosie’s thoughts and how she begins to fit the pieces together to find out what happened. 

The book deals with some difficult topics and the sub-plot of the ‘Church’ led by Father Paul introduces concepts of brain-washing and cult mentality. I personally would have liked this aspect to play a larger part in the book and found myself racing through the pages quicker when this side of the story was getting explained. 

Overall this is an exciting read for fans of the psychological/mystery thriller genres with a satisfying ending and interesting characters that had me shouting at the pages at times. 

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.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I have this book to read, after reading your review I can’t wait!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s really good! Makes you want to keep an even closer eye on your kids 😬

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh god! Now I am nervous lol

        Liked by 1 person

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