What if your whole life was a lie?
Two sisters desperate to unlock the truth.
How much will they sacrifice to lay the past to rest?
Every parent’s worst nightmare would be for their child to go missing. In My Name is Anna this has become a reality for the parents of Emily Archer.
Taken while on a family holiday to ‘Astroland’ in Florida, English 3 year old Emily hasn’t been seen or heard of for the past 15 years. With the funds in her search fund dwindling and the Archer family at breaking point, younger sister Rosie begins her own search for her long lost sister.
Flip to Florida. Anna is an 18 year old living a quiet life with her devoutly Christian mother, Mary. They attend church, tend their garden and Anna studies hard at school. Her boyfriend, as a birthday surprise, takes Anna to ‘Astroland’ theme park… a place her mother has long forbidden her from ever visiting…
I must admit, I thought this was going to be a predictable read. Toddler goes missing, sister starts her own mission to find her, finds her, kidnapper goes to jail, they all live happily ever after. Not quite.
A split narrative between Rosie and Anna results in a very clever weaving together of the story from opposite sides of the world. While Rosie has begun her search for Emily using amateur sleuths online, Anna has realised that all isn’t as it seems in her life and begins her own investigations.
This is a really interesting book. Throughout I couldn’t help thinking of all the missing children who have been in the news both here and abroad over the past few years. Those who have escaped after being held captive, those who have been raised by other people after being abducted, those who haven’t made it and those who have yet to be found.
It raises the questions of what makes us who we are. Our parents, our upbringing, our hometown? What if we found out where we are isn’t where we’re supposed to be?
How would you react if your whole life was a lie?
A completely gripping 4.5 stars.
My Name is Anna is out now as an ebook. The hardback will be released on the 10th January 2019.
I received an uncorrected proof of this book direct from the publisher in return for an honest and unbiased review. Huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy @ Penguin Random House for this.
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