After Annaby Published 10 Apr 2018
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
Nobody cuts deeper than family...
Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble that is brewing. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her only daughter, but the realization that her daughter's murder was at the hands of a husband she loves. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.
"After Anna" Reviews
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Suspense. Domestic Thriller.
Rating: 4 stars
What a thrilling read! I was sucked into this book from the minute I started reading it. It's got this cool vibe where it comes off as part court room drama, part domestic thriller, and then a little mystery thrown in. The ending was quite spastic (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) but the beginning and middle are quite engrossing. Perhaps that MEGA CLIMAX/TWIST is the authors specialty? I'll have to read another one to see. But this is an all around great book and I highly enjoyed it.
After Anna follows a tight knits family as drama unfolds surrounding the return of a daughter that has been taken away for 17 years. Maggie lost custody of her daughter Anna following postpartum psychosis and hasn't seen her since she was born. Now married with a small family of her own, Maggie finds that her daughters father has died and Anna now wants to come live with her biological mother. This seems like a great thing to Maggie and her husband Noah as it is a piece of the family that has been missing. But too soon after things start to go wrong. Accusations are slung, someone ends up dead, and the other is on trial for murder. If you want to find out how all these pieces fall together (and apart) then I highly recommend giving this one a try! It is a twisty ride with unexpected plot twists!
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I’ve read quite a few of Lisa Scottoline’s novels over the years and have always enjoyed them. However, I have to say that I enjoy her stand-alone novels the most. I especially enjoyed her last novel “One Perfect Lie”. And after reading the description for this new domestic thriller, I was really excited to get reading.
Nobody cuts deeper than family...
Maggie and Noah are getting a second chance at a happily ever after. And on top of that, Anna, Maggie’s daughter has come to live with them. Maggie hasn’t seen or spoken to her daughter since she was an infant. Anna is now seventeen years old. Her ex-husband had won custody of Anna at just six months old. But now she’s back and Maggie couldn’t be happier. Finally, her family is complete.
Her stepson and husband are just as happy as Maggie to have Anna come live with them, and at first everything is great. However, it’s not long before there’s a strain in the family, especially between Anna and Noah. Noah thinks that Anna doesn’t like the rules and that she’s manipulating everyone, but Maggie doesn’t see it.
But then disaster strikes….and suddenly Noah is fighting for his freedom. Will he lose the family he cherishes?
But if he didn’t do what he’s accused of…who did?
In my opinion, this was a well-paced and engrossing read that I sped through in just a couple of sittings. The story is told from both Maggie and Noah’s point of view and alternates chapters with Maggie “before” and Noah “after”.
Honestly, I was pretty sure I knew one of the twists early on. However, it didn’t really bother me. In fact, I read even faster because I wanted to see if I was right. And I was right…partially. The rest of it, I would never have guessed. There were a couple of little things that threw me but overall, I really enjoyed this novel. The last few chapters were especially gripping and I was on edge wondering how it was going to work out. I do wish the ending had a little more to it. I think just a few more pages would have been very satisfying.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what Lisa Scottoline comes up with next!
I'd like to thank St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
It’s no secret I love most books written by Lisa Scottoline and I was thrilled to get this book through the publisher and Goodreads. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This is my 10th book by Ms Scottoline and she never disappoints. This grabbed me from page 1 with a strong start. And holy cow, what a FABULOUS book!!!! If you have not read any of her books ... START WITH THIS ONE!!!!! It has you guessing till the end and I’m still thinking about it which makes for a GREAT book!! This might be my FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018 to date!!!
FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON APRIL 18, 2018.
"Ms. Scottoline has written another fantastic thriller filled with tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat along with characters that you will not like and some that you will want to tell to wake up and see what really is going on.
Everything was PERFECT until Anna arrived.
Do NOT miss reading this book. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review."
Parts of this mystery/thriller are very well done. The story is told both Before Anna and After Anna. Anna is Maggie’s daughter who she lost custody of after battling postpartum psychosis, a more serious illness than postpartum depression. That was seventeen years ago, when Anna was just six months old. After Anna’s father dies in a plane crash, she seeks out Maggie, who is thrilled to take Anna from the boarding school she hates and have her move in with Maggie, her husband of two years, Noah, and her ten-year-old stepson.
The parts where Noah is on trial and we don’t yet know what his sentence will be or what his involvement with Anna's death might be were stressfuly taut. There were a few places that were less successful, however. The ending had lots of twists and turns, but from what I know of the law and the prison system, things suddenly work incredibly fast in a system that to my knowledge, does not move swiftly like that. Also, the dialogue between Maggie and her girlfriend Karen did not ring true to me at all.
This is a decent thriller, but not Scottoline’s best (and I'm a fan). Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for the opportunity to review this novel. RELEASE APRIL 10, 2018.
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