Book Review for A GIRL NAMED ANNA by Lizzy Barber
A GIRL NAMED ANNA by Lizzy Barber
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A compelling read with secrets, complicated family histories, and the emotion behind losing a child.
A GIRL NAMED ANNA is an addictive story filled with some many lies and twists, adding tension and intrigue to this mystery of a missing child. Barber eloquently weaves together the pain of loss, the desire for the truth, and the more sinister aspects of human nature.
Though I will admit, there were no real surprises in this tale. It is the journey our narrators take to unravel what happened to Emily, which makes this book good. Each has a unique perspective as they head down the path to the truth. As a reader, I loved experiencing how the pieces of the puzzle revealed themselves in different ways to both Anna and Rosie. The author allows the reader to feel the emotions conjured as each of them deals with revelations are uncovered.
The author brings all her characters to life with every detail, each quirky action, and every lie unearthed. However, it is Anna who struck me as the most authentic character. I believe the author beautifully captures her essence through honest and sometimes naive eyes. Even though Anna is occasionally fearful of her mamma, there is still a strong bond between the two. This makes it difficult emotionally for her when she starts to discover who she really is.
This book is one of those reads which will pull on your heartstrings as well as keep you gripped to the mystery unfolding. The voices are candid, and the story is spot on — all in all, a solid read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
If your whole life is a lie, who can you trust?
Raised in a quiet rural community, Anna has always been taught that her mamma’s rules are the only path to follow. But, on her eighteenth birthday, she defies her mamma for the first time in her life and goes to Astroland. She’s never been allowed to visit Florida’s biggest theme park, so why, when she arrives, does everything about it seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives that same day—a letter addressing her by a different name?
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 as the funds dedicated to the search dry up, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth herself. But can she find the answer before it tears her family apart?
Winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, A Girl Named Anna is a psychologically riveting read that introduces Lizzy Barber as an outstanding new voice in suspense fiction.
About the Author: Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University. Having previously dabbled in acting and film development, she has spent the last ten years as head of marketing for a restaurant group. Her first novel, A Girl Named Anna, won the Daily Mail and Random House First Novel Prize 2017. She lives in London with her husband, a food writer.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (September 3, 2019)
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