Losing Ana


Fiction - Action
224 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2022
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Losing Ana is a supernatural mystery thriller by Joseph Hendon. Plagued with grief from witnessing the murder of her husband before her very eyes, Ana barely flees the clutches of the Guild, a secret supernatural organization determined to capture Ana's five-year-old son, Levi. Hoping to start a new life, she arrives in a small Montana town in the middle of nowhere with a new name, Tammy. But what she didn't account for was that once the residents of this town accept someone as family, they stand by them through thick and thin. Complicating matters is her new neighbor, Jake, who she can't help falling for. With members of the Guild still after her, how far is Ana willing to put her newfound family at risk? Will Jake continue to fight for the woman he loves?

A gripping thriller laced with a dose of the supernatural, Losing Ana is a fast-paced ride that gives you thrills galore. With well-developed characters to root for, Joseph Hendon crafts a captivating plot full of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and romance, making it quite a challenge to put the book down and not read it in one go. Ana is a riveting protagonist mired in inner conflict. Her willingness to put her trust in others clashes directly with her desire to protect her son, and it makes for some compelling drama that is delicious to consume. I particularly enjoyed her relationships with Jake and Sara. This is a book that anyone who loves supernatural thrillers will devour with relish.

K.C. Finn

Losing Ana is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to mature young adult readers and upward owing to explicit language, some moderate violence, and scenes of a sexual nature, and was penned by Joseph Hendon. The plot follows the titular character Ana through a traumatic time as she tries to hide from those who would hunt down her beloved son. At first, Ana keeps her true identity and special powers a secret, but as she meets a group of supportive friends and a handsome young farmer, things begin to change. But it’s a dangerous balance between revealing who she is without putting herself and her child in even deeper danger.

Suspenseful, romantic, action-packed, and filled with light fantasy touches, this is a novel that will appeal to many different types of readers and deliver on all counts. Joseph Hendon has a knack for atmosphere, creating cinematic settings and vivid characters who leap off the page to populate Ana’s world. The remote countryside scenery ramps up the tension of her predicament, and the lies that she weaves ultimately create a fantastic suspenseful mystery as we all wait for the hammer to fall and the next attack to arrive. The love story was well-woven into the central plot and formed a sweet and passionate element that romance fans will surely adore too. I would especially recommend Losing Ana for the New Adult reading audience and those seeking a talented storyteller with much to offer.

Manik Chaturmutha

Losing Ana is a work of fantasy by Joseph Hendon. The story begins in a remote village, where everything is familiar and everyone is family. The protagonist, Ana, a Blood Witch, and a city girl to the core, is hiding out in this village. She is running from the Guild, who killed her husband. They are after her child, and she'll do anything to keep him safe, even if it means settling in the backward countryside. She soon finds friends in the village: Sara, the amiable owner of the diner; Jake, the hardworking farmer; and Trevor, Burt, Anita, Tim, and Carl accept her as their own. They stand right behind her as she battles with the Guild. In turn, they would do anything to keep her and Levi safe.

The book is extraordinarily heartwarming and feels like a warm hug. The writer deals with several poignant themes such as friendship, love, family, and sacrifice. Sara is the best example of a true friend. She stands with Ana even after learning of her true identity. Jake is a passionate lover who puts his life at stake to protect Ana and Levi. The story is a perfect medley of fantasy and realism. Ana's sojourn in the village is beautifully interspersed with the movements of the Guild. The language is simple, appealing, and easy to understand. The narrative has a steady pace and reveals its secrets gradually. It keeps the reader following the progress of the Guild and Ana's attempts to protect Levi. I recommend this book for its elegant narrative, poignant themes, and well-developed storyline. Readers who enjoy fantasy will love Losing Ana by Joseph Hendon.