After Anna

After Anna

Book - 2018
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"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" --
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250099655
125009965X
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,24 cm.

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lmeiring63
Jun 17, 2018

I liked the book and the characters. However, I had just finished "Sometimes I Lie" when I read this book and the ending is definitely not on par with that book, so it was a bit of a disappointment. Everything wrapped a little too quickly...a little too predictably. I agree with another reviewer in that it is pretty unbelievable to think they are going to let a distraught mother come along on a SWAT bust. Despite the disappointing ending, I did like the book and the style the author used to tell the story.

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lpreston214
Jun 14, 2018

Another good stand-alone from Scottoline. I like her tendency lately to include a man as a main character. This story is about a woman, Maggie, reuniting with the 17-year-old daughter she has not seen since infancy. It's told in alternating chapters by Maggie and her husband Noah. The back and forth really ratchets up the tension as you know it's leading to a big event. It's almost too much but mercifully the chapters are very short. When the big event hits during a snowstorm it's the usual ridiculous, action-y stuff that would never happen. I'm sure moms don't get to come along on SWAT operations. Great, funny interactions between Maggie and her girlfriend, a cute stepson and a happy ending. What could be better?

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jacquelynrn
Jun 10, 2018

Loved this book. Kept me guessing until the end.

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pktab
Jun 01, 2018

I loved this book as I do all of this author's books. This one kept me "glued" because I knew it had to have a different ending. I thought I knew the "twist', however, I was so wrong. Totally enjoyable and intense read!!!!

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weezie1
May 30, 2018

Another one of Lisa's wonderful novels. Have read them all and can not say I have found one I did not enjoy. One of the books that you can not put down. Family drama, love, son, Mother & daughter and husband. I was surprised at the ending - thought it might have been something different. May 2018

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peggy_15
May 12, 2018

To quote USAF1969 " My one criticism is one that I have expressed in multiple reviews of multiple books by multiple authors. That is, really great story lines that are then rushed to very short endings that leave lots of loose ends (mostly minor). For example in this case, what happened to all those millions of dollars? I still wonder if these "quickie" endings aren't a function of announcing new books and delivery dates many, many months in advance and then publishers/PR folks pushing authors into artificially ending the book quickly to "meet the deadline." I am willing to wait if a deadline is missed."

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mmaldonado98
May 02, 2018

This book kept me basically glued to it, and it's the first one I read by Lisa Scottoline. I liked how the story evolved in two different points of view, each with its own details and twists, overlapping at some points which made it very nice to see the whole picture, yet not giving away important details and keeping the thrill full speed. It's like I was watching a movie but better! You will not see the end twists coming at you like a snow avalanche, and this will keep you turning pages like there's no tomorrow. Definitely my new favorite author.

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writermala
Apr 29, 2018

Reading this book made me realize why Legal Thrillers are my favorite genre. Maggie, Noah, and their stepson/ son Caleb live a happy and peaceful life . This is shattered. When? After Anna. Yes, the arrival of Maggie's long lost daughter Anna in Maggie and Noah's home changes everything and they know no more peace. Soon Anna is murdered and Noah is charged with her murder. Is Noah really the murderer? Or is Anna a seductress who seduces Noah and ends up getting killed? The legal case is thrilling but the story takes a weird twist and there is a surprising happy ending.

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reader7176
Apr 26, 2018

Good book. Good plot, strong characters, good story line, needed to make book. Read about the turmoil a seventeen year old girl can cause in a family of 3. Stepfather gets accused of sexual abuse, then gets arrested and goes to trial for murder of stepdaughter. Look for the great twist at the end.

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USAF1969
Apr 26, 2018

The cover of Lisa Scottoline's AFTER ANNA has a quote from the NYT Book Review. "Scottoline knows how to keep readers in her grip." Amen to that. I have trouble imagining how she is able to keep imagining such inventive plots, one after the other. No spoiler alerts from me on this one, but she certainly had her imagination in overdrive for this book. I kept having these "where is this going?" moments, particularly with the trial portion of the book. Well, very late in the game I had an inkling where it was going, but even then how it played out was a surprise. Great read as always from her, very engaging, lots of twists and turns. My one criticism is one that I have expressed in multiple reviews of multiple books by multiple authors. That is, really great story lines that are then rushed to very short endings that leave lots of loose ends (mostly minor). For example in this case, what happened to all those millions of dollars? I still wonder if these "quickie" endings aren't a function of announcing new books and delivery dates many, many months in advance and then publishers/PR folks pushing authors into artificially ending the book quickly to "meet the deadline." I am willing to wait if a deadline is missed.

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