A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber


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?


Thank you MIRA Books for my copy of A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber. This title released September 3, 2019.

I had high hopes for this read because of the publicity it was receiving as a debut ‘thriller.’  Turns out it wasn’t much of a thriller (at least not by my standards – and I have read LOTS of thrillers).  I would classify this book as more women’s fiction, with a subtle hint of suspense.

I was enjoying it at first and definitely was engaged until I wasn’t.  Somewhere around the 90% mark, my interested faded and I couldn’t get into where the storyline had gone.  I’m not one for cults (religious or otherwise) and I think that’s what eventually shifted my attention.

I thought it was very well-written and despite it being a slow burn I did enjoy the writing style and the initial direction I thought the plot was headed in.  This may not have worked for me, but I think it will be an enjoyable read for some – so don’t knock it until. you try it.

I will definitely pick up this author’s next book as I think she writes well and in an engaging way.

My Rating: 3/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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