Author: Jennifer Robins
Publisher: Astraea Press
Buy Link: Buy What Happened to Anna Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Kellie
“What Happened to Anna” was at times too slow. The pace of the story dragged along far too long before anything of significance took place. It is important for the reader to connect with the protagonist of a story; unfortunately I was unable to connect with Andrea. Her character failed to be that strong heroine which I have grown accustomed to in the standard books which I read. She was at times too submissive to her husband John, also her actions were extremely questionable. I understand that she had a connection of sorts with Anna, but the way in which she allowed herself to delve deeper into the haunting was a bit disturbing. Another point of concern was John. John was too aggressive towards Andrea and when he was not being aggressive, he tended to baby her. Also, his refusal to accept the truth about the situation was peculiar. For example, calling someone out to check the structure of your house after frost manifests itself inside your home and nearly freezes you to death, is a testament to his lack of reasonable thought even when it is right in front of his face. I did however have my moments in which I sympathized with his point of view. His desire to leave the house was far more understandable than Andrea’s desire to continue living there, even though she too was upset by the hauntings. So upset at times that she needed to be comforted by her husband.
Jennifer Robins’, “What Happened to Anna”, although filled with inconsistencies in character development showed promise. I found myself wanting to know what happened to Anna and why Andrea had such a strong resemblance to her. I also appreciated the fact that Andrea and John did not have the perfect marriage, no one does. With that said, their interactions and the roles which they played with one another came across as old gender ideas, something which may be a problem for readers who analyze from a sociological standpoint. Despite certain mishaps, the story remained intriguing; therefore, readers who enjoy haunting tales with a twist of mystery may enjoy this book.