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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250099655
125009965X
9781250185235
1250185238
9781250099679
Branch Call Number: Fic Scot
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm

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gisdennie
Apr 24, 2019

I loved the book, could not put it down!

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DT_kcls
Apr 01, 2019

'After Anna' is a very different psychological drama from Lisa Scottoline.

The timeline of the book is written backwards from the husbands point of view and forward from the wife's. That worked well.

However, and it's a great big HOWEVER, the dialog, especially that of the wife, her best friend and the daughter left me cold. It's juvenile and stilted. I don't understand how an educated Lisa Scottoline surrounded by educated people could possible think an adult would speak in such a sophomoric way, even a woman such as the wife who was trying so desperately to ingratiate herself with her daughter. I kept yelling at the pages, "Grow up lady! You're an adult!"

The story, working to where the two timelines finally meet is quite interesting, but then out of nowhere comes this convenient ending so utterly ridiculous it left me a bit angry.

For some reason I had been putting off reading 'After Anna' for months. I had gotten it from the library (repeatedly!) because, Lisa Scottoline!, but kept passing it over in favor of other books. I really couldn't explain to myself why. I should have followed my instinct and let it go.

3 stars and hoping for better from Lisa Scottoline who has never before disappointed.

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Zoelexi777
Feb 11, 2019

This was a fast and enjoyable read. I found Maggie, the mother, to be a little gullible always believing Anna, her daughter over what her husband was telling her. The ending was somewhat abrupt and a little unbelievable considering the trauma the family unit experienced.

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Bookclubber
Feb 02, 2019

Well, now that I've read the review section - From the Critics - I have no need to read the book. it's all in there. I would have appreciated a spoiler alert before I started reading them.

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mfasse47
Jan 30, 2019

Didn't really care for this book at all. It did have a good plot twist but ending was pretty unbelievable. Not my favorite. I would give it a pass.

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SamanthaSaunders
Sep 07, 2018

The tone of this book was strange, the dialogue was a little juvenile, and the characters fell flat for me. Also, the author uses a lot of exclamation points! The whole first half of the book had sentences like this!

The plot twists were fun, but I feel like the ending was rushed. It was a fun beach read but also far-fetched and over-the-top. This was my first time reading anything written by this author, but I think I'll pass if they're anything like this.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

Another great mystery thriller from Lisa Scottoline -- from start to finish. A mother finds her daughter after seventeen years (long back story) -- and brings her home to her family --- a new husband of only two years and his ten year old son. Maggie, the Mom, is so very excited to have her daughter back, that she ignores the "little signs" of strange behavior from her daughter, Anna. A lot of drama leads to Noah, the husband, moving out of the family home and then Anna is found dead. Noah is accused of the murder and things go from bad to worse. There are a lot of twists and turns and the ending is very fast paced. What a great read.

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JMR207
Aug 12, 2018

Not as good as many of Lisa's books, but I still enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. I especially liked the courtroom scenes and reading how those convicted of crimes can be made to look undeniably guilty.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Aug 12, 2018

Mostly I love her books and this started out good but then it took some weird turns..like they would really let someone tag along on a swat raid? And i've never been in the back of a squad car, but I thought the doors don't open from the inside. She just let herself out in the middle of the gunfire.

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LibraryLES
Aug 10, 2018

I was disappointed in this book. I found the characters to be very naive. But if you want to read it, hang in there, the story improves about 3/4 of the way through the book.

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