Debut author, Lizzy Barber’s new novel A GIRL NAMED ANN (MIRA) asks 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?

Winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, A Girl Named Anna is a psychologically riveting read that introduces Lizzy Barber as an outstanding new voice in suspense fiction.



I have always written in fits and starts, but about five years ago I started writing my first serious novel – a very long and drawn out literary fiction piece based on my grandmother’s life in Mandate Palestine, pre-Suez Cairo and post-war London.

I started taking regular classes with Maggie Hamand at the Complete Creative Writing Course, which made me completely rethink my approach to writing, and was invaluable in shaping the way I wrote.

However, in April 2017 I found myself at a complete dead end with my first novel, and, almost as a form of release, starting dabbling with a thriller that had been niggling away at me. I mentioned I was writing it to my mother, and, about a week later, she told me that she had spied a first novel competition that I *had* to enter.

I hammered away at my laptop, completing just enough of the book to be able to enter, and literally handed my entry in on the closing day of the competition (I couriered my entry, so worried was I it wouldn’t make the deadline!).

And then I forgot all about it…

About two months later, preparing for a morning meeting, I received a phone call out of the blue, which completely changed my life.

The phone call was from Luigi Bonomi of LBA Books telling me I had WON the Daily Mail and Random House First Novel Prize 2017

Thus began an extraordinary chain of events that I am still waiting to wake up from on a daily basis.

Thanks to Harlequin/MIRA we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what thriller you’re looking forward to reading this fall. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.



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45 thoughts on “A GIRL NAMED ANNA by Lizzy Barber – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. I’m finally started reading The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald and I’m looking forward to the release of her new book as well

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