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4.5 stars rounded up.Most surprising novel of the year so far I loved this debut, it was so much deeper and darker than I thought it would be.A story always has two sides and I was thrilled the author didn t choose to write this magnificent story in a single narrative but opted for a dual narrative by Anna and Rosie, sharing their own individual story in alternating chapters Their very different, contrasting lives made for fascinating reading and the anticipation of seeing these threads come together was agonizing.As a reader I knew than the main protagonists right from the start so I had to wait a while for one of the girls to catch up with what I already knew and some readers might perhaps find it a bit of a slow start but it s oh so important to watch the whole thing unfold in its own time, it s essential to see how that seed of doubt develops, grows and is cultivated It can t be rushed or it wouldn t be believable any so I tried to resist the urge for a quick progression and my desire to see the storylines cross over The buildup was subtle and let me see the many nuances in the girls lives Not only were they raised on different continents, they were raised very differently as well You can t miss what you don t have but my heart went out to Anna because I knew of course what they were both missing As I turned the pages I was overcome with a sad feeling thinking how different both their lives could have been.Anna lives with her religious neat freak mother and she s destined to lead a strict and frugal life I didn t envy her life and I certainly didn t like her mother Rosie on the other hand was raised in a warm and affectionate family, she smokes, drinks and goes to parties without her mum knowing She ll never be like other teenagers though, the fact that her sister is missing casts a big shadow on their family The grief of this entire broken family of parents, a sister and even the brother who doesn t even know the missing girl was so touchingly described that it made my heart ache.I was hugely awarded for my initial patience because the last part of the novel was terrific The story intensified gradually with the help of two other narrators who help reveal the backstory and the reasons why this happened 15 years earlier It made such compelling reading I might have had my judgement at the ready from page 1 but hearing the full story that led to the kidnapping, it changed my initial views and condemnation Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, by the facts I m not saying I m agreeing with what Anna s mother did but at least I can say I have some understanding.My Name Is Anna made me feel a wide range of emotions and quite surprisingly the story turns and dangerous Who does Anna have to be afraid of though Her mother or this mystery man who knows who she is The story builds to an amazing climax too that made me hold my breath Gripping and tense, check and check I m very happy with the way it ended, I loved the epilogue It could have ended differently or the author could have written clich s to give the story a happy ever after ending with no further thought but she didn t and that s what makes it so much better and made me close the novel with a sigh of contentment. I loved My Name is Anna I wanted to devour it in one sitting but my eyes had other ideas Whilst at work I was thinking about what was going to happen next and how the 2 girls were feeling Another tough story for a parent to read but I just had to know how it ended It was emotional and had an ending that I didn t see coming I would have liked it to keep going a few chapters from where it ended but I just loved it.Told from the point of view of 2 girls in 2 different countries Anna is about to o turn 18 and is living in the US with her over protective and church going mother She has led a very sheltered life but on her 18th birthday she sneaks away with her boyfriend to the local theme park where she has never been allowed to go before But when they get there it feels really familiar to her and she has no idea why Then she receives a letter that has her questioning everything in her life Then there is Rosie who live so in the U.K with her family 15 years ago her sister went missing, never to be seen again It is breaking her family apart and she is determined to find out what happened.Thank you to Random House Cornerstone and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Two women desperate to unlock the truth.How far will they go to lay the past to restMy name is Anna is one of those books that captures your attention from the moment you look at its cover Then, it drags you into a story, makes you bite your nails throughout, lifts you up in the air with the amazing writing and than smashes you back into the ground with the incredible twist at the end Exactly what you want and what you need from a thriller.The story is being told by two girls Anna, a girl raised with a religious mother, where everything is forbidden and everything is a sin And when on her 18th Birthday, Anna decides to disobey her mum and go to a theme park, she feels like she has been here before And then random events lead to her realising that she was taken away when she was a little girl And her real name is not Anna at all Rosie, a girl whose big sister has been missing for fifteen years And when the media is ready to let the story go after the fifteen years anniversary, Rosie is determined to do whatever it takes to discover the truth of what actually happened on that day at the theme park.The first thing I noticed in this book, that makes it different than all the stories about the kidnapping is that the plot is being revealed in the first chapters I was not expecting to immediately know that Anna and Rosie are sisters and Anna was kidnapped as a girl, but this was stated in the first chapters in the book I personally thought that this would be the big twist, but the twist came to be so much better than that.I loved how you could relate to both girls, for different reasons, and how even though they were sisters, how one little moment changed their lives completely How Anna was raised with different beliefs than Rosie, and how they grew up to be so different, but the same This was a great story that give you thoughts about what could ve been and it makes you wonder if certain things didn t happen, would our lives be the same The end for me, was particularly meaningfulThe last moments, the realisation, the conclusion, the story that ended, or the one that never begun, all the things we could ve been, but are not, and all the things that we wish we could have changed, but we can t.If you, like me, are into kidnapping stories, amazing twists and thriller stories that take your breath away, this will definitely be the perfect book for you This will be a hit at the beginning of 2019, and it will hit the top shelves I know it hits my favourite shelf for sure A huge thanks to Penguin Random House UK, for providing me with a hardback copy, in exchange for an honest review of this book The opinions in this review are entirely my own, and completely unbiased. On her 18th birthday, Anna 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 feel so familiar When she returns home, she receives a note addressing her by a different name, a name she recognises Rosie has grown up in the shadow of her older sisters disappearance She was 1 year old when her sister disappeared They have tried everything in their power to get her back But Rosie discovers the Trust that was set up for her sister is about to wind down She decides that she needs to find out the truth behind her sisters disappearance.The story is narrated by both Anna and Rosie A tale of two sisters torn apart at an early age but the bond between them is still there Although the book is well written, it does seem a little far fetched at times The pace is quite slow until nearer the end where it all kicks off Anna s mother is a character I won t forget very easily You can t help but think of all the other children who have went missing while your reading this book, and wonder if something like this has happened to them A story that definitely makes you think This is an enjoyable read.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Lizzy Barber for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. I thought this book was really good It s split into two narrators Anna and her sister Rosie Anna who was called Emily was snatched from Astroland as a toddler and now living with the woman who took her I won t reveal much but I really did like both Anna and Rosie You could tell how completely different their lives were It was different than what I expected There was a lot about God, cults and the church which I haven t read in a thriller yet The book kept me entertained and I was really interested to find out what happened I did like the ending and I m glad the bad characters got their comeuppance It was so good and I definitely recommend this book. My name is Anna was my first book by this author and If I m being honest I enjoyed the first half much than the second.Telling the story of the aftermath of a young girls abduction and the effect this has on the people impacted by these tragic events we pick up the story fifteen years after the fact.Told from two sisters POV Anna Emily currently residing with her Mama in the USA and Rosie younger sister of abducted Emily living with her mum dad and brother in the UK.This is mainly the sister s story and as we switch seamlessly from girl to girl we start to get a sense of the differences that from the same instant in time have impacted both there lives so dramatically and while for the most part, I did enjoy this It started to get slightly monotonous the further I progressed.I just wasn t fully on board here and I m not sure quite why that was.It almost had a slightly anti climactic feel to it especially the finale which for me felt a bit flat.On a sidenote, I did enjoy the Carrie references included with Anna and noticed the parallels included here almost instantly.This, in conclusion, was for me an OK read that never really took flight hoping its a better fit for you.I voluntary reviewed an Arc of My name is Anna.All opinions expressed are entirely my own.Reviewed By Beckie Bookwormhttps www.facebook.com beckiebookworm www.beckiebookworm.com My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber is a thriller that did not grab me not saying that it wasnt well written but i didnt care for the characters both leading different lives, the story was told by 2 POV s Anna Rosie.For me it just dragged a bit especially in the first half of the book, the prose was good but i figured out the mystery early which was disappointing thus a 3 star rating, thats not to say i wouldnt read anything else by this author i would it was just so predictable which i hate I know this has a lot of high reviews but this was a but below my expectations. www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com www.facebook.com onewomansbbrMy Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber 2018.Anna has been taught that virtue is the path to God But the day she turns 18, she breaks her mother s rules and visits a theme park She s never been allowed to go, so why does it all seem so familiar Is there a connection to the random letter she gets later that day Rosie has grown up in the shadow of her missing sister Emily It s been 15 years since she disappeared and Rosie is determined to uncover the truth This is a very intriguing mystery suspense crime psychological thriller yes, it fits all these boxes haha It was in fact the winner of the 2017 Daily Mail first novel competition which is an awesome achievement I think it was quite obvious the connection between Anna and Emily even from the synopsis and the line on the front cover what if your whole life was a lie the book was about working out why and how the events happened There are a lot of questions to answer throughout the storyline including but not limited to who exactly the mysterious sinister Father Paul is who keeps popping up The story is narrated by Anna and Rosie in alternate chapters and both girls were interesting likeable leads to follow as they respectively try to discover the truth I found the ending a little abrupt and would have liked to have known about what would have followed but overall I definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to future books by the author Thriller fans will appreciate this gripping novel. My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber is a story that kept my gripped from the first page to the last I could not put it down and read it in one day.Anna lives with her mamma in a house with little comforts and has a very strict religious upbringing On her eighteenth birthday she goes to a Florida theme park for the first time but remembers having been there once before.Rosie s elder sister Emily disappeared when she was three years old when they were on holiday in Florida and now fifteen years later she decides that it s time to find out what happened to her sister This was a very emotional story The heartbreak that the family had to endure after their child went missing and the consequences that followed for the extended family and friends was very well written and believable.I really enjoyed this book and will be eagerly awaiting Lizzy Barber s next book.I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK Cornerstone for my e copy in exchange for an honest review. ^READ DOWNLOAD ⇻ My Name Is Anna ↬ Popular EPub, My Name Is Anna By Lizzy Barber This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book My Name Is Anna , Essay By Lizzy Barber Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You