Book Review: After Anna

Title: After Anna
Author: Lisa Scottoline

Nobody cuts deeper than family…

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she’d lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be 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 brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.

Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna’s murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. And New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline will keep readers on their toes until the final shocking page

Praise for Lisa Scottoline:

“Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation.” —Booklist on One Perfect Lie

“Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting…they’re in for one thrilling ride.” —Kirkus on One Perfect Lie

“Entertaining…This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen.” —Publishers Weekly

My Review

Ok so this book is a complete twisty book. You think everything is fine then WHAM! you get knocked out of the world. You start out with a father, his son, & his new wife (previous wife passed away). Then you find out that the new wife has a daughter that she had to give up when the daughter was three years old into the custody of her father who promptly dropped her off at her grandparents & then to boarding schools. Well, fast forward in time till the girl is 17 and her father dies in a plane crash. So Anna (the daughter) contacts Maggie (her mother) to talk about coming and living with Noah (the father) and the son (Caleb). Maggie agrees and then once Anna is there everything starts going crazy. Anna is not acting like Maggie was told by Anna’s therapist and previous schools. Anna makes accusations against Noah and then to put it frankly everything hits the fan when Anna is found dead at Noah’s home.

The books flips back and forth between “before Anna” and “after Anna” so you do need to pay attention to know which time period you are reading. Even with the flipping between times, which normally annoys me, kept you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going on. Who killed Anna? Is this really Anna? Or is it someone else? Or is someone trying to make Maggie think she is losing her mind? You do find out though by the time you do you are sitting there thinking there is not enough pages left in this book for it to close all the story lines, but then you let out a big WOOSH! and happy that they have been closed and you know what has happened.

If you like a thriller/mystery novel then I think you will enjoy reading this novel. I enjoyed it very much, so much I read the entire thing in one night (normally try to spread it out over two nights). This book, honestly, shocked me with the twists it made and that is not normal. So congrats to Lisa Scottoline, she pulled one on me.


I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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