Review: My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber

2018 challenge criteria: A book that was nominated for an award in 2018

Disclaimer: This review is part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin Random House. I was given a free copy of this book for my part in this tour. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

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?

What I liked:

I devoured this book in one sitting on a week off from work. I loved the dramatic irony of us knowing rather early on about Anna’s identity, and watching the entire story unfold in front of us was incredible.

Dual narrative novels really are my jam and I loved this one. I felt both for Anna’s confusion at her deja vu of the theme park, and Rosie’s despair at her parent’s trust fund dwindling and her desire to find the truth for herself. These are both incredibly strong characters, and I can’t honestly pick a favourite.

What I really loved about this is that is did keep me guessing for quite a while. There were quite a few turns in this that kept me guessing for a LONG time- for example, I was blown away to find out why Anna had been taken.

What I didn’t like:

This book does have some uncomfortable moments which can distress some readers.

I also would have liked to have not known who Anna really was until a little later in the book.

Out of five:

Four. This really will draw you in.

 

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