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?
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I absolutely loved this gripping, dark book which covers one of my worst fears. It intrigued me from the first pages and the slow reveal of what happened had me thoroughly absorbed in the book.
The story is told in alternate chapters from the points of view of Anna and Rosie which made for very interesting reading. I found it very emotional to read about how the family has been affected over the years as being a mother myself I could we imagine the anguish they were feeling. The story slowly works backwards to the day Emily was taken giving the reader glimpses into both girls lives. Anna has lived an interesting existence with her ‘Mamma’ a strict, religious women who is obsessed with cleanliness making Anna wash her arm in hot bleach to clean them. I enjoyed learning more about Anna and it was nice to see her gain confidence to come out from Mamma’s shadow.
The story was a bit of a slow burner for me with the first part of the book helping to set the scene as it helps the reader learn more about the two girls and the different lives they have led. The pace of the book kicks up about half way through and soon becomes so gripping it’s impossible to put down. There are lots of twists that helped keep me on my toes and ensured I was completely absorbed. The reason why Anna was taken was quite disturbing and I found myself getting quite emotional towards the end as everything is revealed.
The ending, although quite abrupt, seemed quite realistic as I do believe that’s how things would have been. I’d have quite liked an extra chapter to see how things are afterwards .
This is the author’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. Other bloggers have said it would make a good film and I completely agree!
Huge thanks to Rachel from Arrow Publishers for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour. If you like dark, gripping thrillers you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
Lizzy Barber studied English at Corpus Christ College, Cambridge University. After ‘previous lives’ acting and working in film development, she is now the Head of Brand and Marketing for a restaurant group, working with her brother, a restaurateur.
Her debut novel, MY NAME IS ANNA, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition, and will be published in hardbook in January 2019 by Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The North American edition, retitled ANNA IN THE DARK will be published in December 2019.
She is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband, George, food writer and strategy consultant. They are expecting their first child in January 2019.