Today I’m reviewing My Name is Anna. Many thanks to Rachel Kennedy and Arrow Books for sending me a copy of the book to review.
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?
My Review: I really enjoyed this book which says a lot when you consider that I was unsure about it before I started reading. The story is split into two, one for Anna and one for Rosie and they both get equal space to tell their stories. I felt both stories were well told and both characters were well developed and had clear personalities.
It was interesting to see both characters deal with their different and unique situations. Although I have no experience of either of them I felt they were dealt with with well and their concerns and the reactions of those around them felt realistic and believable. The story switched between the characters as it progressed but at no time was it confusing or unclear as to what was going on. I was rooting for both characters to resolve their problems and while it doesn’t take a genius to work out how they are connected to each other it was still interesting to see the story unfold and learn how growing up in different countries, leading different lives, had affected them.
Definitely gripping and a story which makes you question how much you know about what is going on behind closed doors and in organisations that you know nothing about. Let’s face it, however learned we think we might be there will always be something going on that we know nothing about and this book plays on just that idea. How well do you really know those new neighbours who live across the street?, where does that family go when they go out at the same time each Wednesday? We believe we know people but the truth is that we don’t really, the only way to know someone properly is to climb inside their head and this book gives us the opportunity to do that with Anna and Rosie and it’s enlightening.
If you like something a little different and with strong female characters then this is definitely a book worth checking out. After all, there’s nothing wrong with trying something new and challenging your boundaries………