Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review for A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by MIRA

A compulsive suspense debut for fans of Megan Miranda, Wendy Walker and Kimberly Belle, about two teens--one sheltered by her strict and reclusive mamma, one living in the shadow of the missing sister who was snatched from a theme park as a toddler--and their search for the truth about their families and each other.

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?

My Thoughts…

An abducted child, a family mourning the fact that they don’t know if she is dead or alive, and a Momma who lives by the word of God while keeping her child very close to her side.   It is not hard to see how it all comes together.    Yet, once I started the book I could not stop.   I was intrigued to see if Anna would be able to come into her own now that she is 18.   Would she be able to find happiness outside of her mother’s house and would her mother let her?     Rosie’s story broke my heart.   She’s lived in the shadow of her sister’s abduction almost her entire life and does not know how a family without this hanging over them would normally live.   Rosie’s only goal in life is to find her sister and put her family back together.

This was not an easy book.   There is tension in every paragraph yet there is also hope.  There is hope that Anna will find herself, there is hope that Rosie will get some answers whether they are what she wants to hear or not, and there is hope that all the truths will come out.    I could anticipate what was going to happen next and admire the way Anna respected her Momma enough not to jump to conclusions or abandon her.   

A Girl Named Anna is a book that isn’t unique its story but there some twists and turns that make it different from the other’s that are similar.   I enjoyed the book and would recommend picking up your own copy.

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