After Anna

After Anna

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...

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Title:After Anna
Author:Lisa Scottoline
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After Anna Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨

    I haven’t read a Lisa Scottoline book in quite some time, and I’m not sure why but after reading this book I’m going to go back and pick up some of those I have missed.... this book grab me from the very beginning and did not let go until the bitter end..... A combination of both legal thriller and domestic thriller it was fantastic.... The only reason this book did not get a full five stars is I felt as though the ending w

    I haven’t read a Lisa Scottoline book in quite some time, and I’m not sure why but after reading this book I’m going to go back and pick up some of those I have missed.... this book grab me from the very beginning and did not let go until the bitter end..... A combination of both legal thriller and domestic thriller it was fantastic.... The only reason this book did not get a full five stars is I felt as though the ending was a bit rushed and tied up a little too neatly....

    Maggie and Noah have the perfect life.... A beautiful home, fulfilling jobs, and a 10-year-old adorable son Caleb..... The only thing missing from Maggie’s life is her estranged 17-year-old daughter Anna... so when Anna reaches out to her she is beyond thrilled... Anna comes to live with the family and now the happy family of three is a happy family of four, but not for long..... not long after Anna arrives and has caused much tension..... she is found murdered and Noah is charged with her murder.....

    Told from alternating points of view between Maggie and Noah... I think I enjoyed Noah’s point of view a bit more.... I loved all the court scenes.... there was so much tension and it kept me on the edge of my seat..... and there were times I wanted to yell at him think about yourself not about Maggie... he was almost too good of a guy..... my heart did break for Maggie.... here is what should be the happiest time in her life the reunion with her daughter.... and things have gone unbelievably wrong.... i’d always say a woman should believe her child and stand by her child no matter what... but this was such a different situation.... she didn’t really know her daughter and she knew her husband, I just couldn’t see a good answer for her in the situation....

    Throughout this book I kept trying to figure out what the twist was.... Who murdered Anna and the even bigger question why? And what Game was Anna playing? There of course were plenty of twists and turns none of which I saw coming.... and some of these twists if anybody saw coming then they are clairvoyant.... because they were a little out of left field..... even if some of the parts of the ending of this book were a little unrealistic, I don’t care the book as a whole was fantastic... and it is fiction after all.....

    Strongly recommend to all fans of legal thrillers, domestic thrillers,and books that keep you turning the pages as fast as you can!

    *** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  • Deanna

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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

    And after reading the description for this new domestic thriller, I was really excited to get reading.

    Maggie and Noah are getting a second chance at a happily ever after. And

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    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

    And after reading the description for this new domestic thriller, I was really excited to get reading.

    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.

  • Carrie

    After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a bit of a mix of a legal and domestic thriller. The story actually begins at what one would think would be the end of a book with Noah about to hear the verdict of his trial. The style then takes a before and after take on the murder of Anna with the point of view going between Noah and Maggie.

    Noah had been a single father to his young son after the death of his first wife before he met Maggie. The two hit it off and were married with Maggie stepping right in as

    After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a bit of a mix of a legal and domestic thriller. The story actually begins at what one would think would be the end of a book with Noah about to hear the verdict of his trial. The style then takes a before and after take on the murder of Anna with the point of view going between Noah and Maggie.

    Noah had been a single father to his young son after the death of his first wife before he met Maggie. The two hit it off and were married with Maggie stepping right in as mother to Noah’s little boy and everything was almost perfect with the exception of Maggie having lost custody to her own daughter.

    Years before Maggie had given birth to Anna with her previous husband but after suffering from postpartum psychosis her husband had filed for divorce and taken Maggie to court for custody. With Maggie’s diagnosis she had been declared an unfit mother and hadn’t been able to see her daughter for years.

    When Maggie gets a call out of the blue from Anna she’s more than excited that the now seventeen year old Anna wants to be a part of her life. However the good news that Anna is reaching out is overshadowed by hearing Anna’s father and his current wife along with their children had died leaving Maggie to suggest Anna come to live with them.

    The events after Anna had arrived in Noah and Maggie’s life had obviously spiraled out of control knowing from the very start that Noah was on trial. As readers are learning all about that time they are also following the murder trial. The tension builds the entire read and stays until the very last page.

    For myself I had known Lisa Scottoline was a much loved author having seen great reviews for her work for quite a while now so I was excited to jump into this one and see for myself. Absolutely loving legal thrillers this one was right up my alley combining the legal side with the domestic drama and I found myself flying through the pages.

    The writing was good and the story was intriguing however when finished my rating dropped a tad because there were still unanswered questions and I wasn’t quite convinced with the conclusion. In the end I’m rating my first attempt at Lisa Scottoline’s book at 3.5 stars with seeing a ton of potential for a truly amazing read but this one falling a tad short of that in my mind.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Marialyce

    4 kept me reading stars

    This was my first book by this author and I have to say that I did like what I read. The story, although it did have a few hiccups at the end, flowed well and kept this reader fully engaged until the last page was read.

    Maggie and Noah have recently married. Noah is a doctor and a widowed father of a ten year old son. Maggie, his wife, formerly suffered from postpartum psychosis after the birth of her daughter, Anna, with her first husband. This rare illness causes Maggie t

    4 kept me reading stars

    This was my first book by this author and I have to say that I did like what I read. The story, although it did have a few hiccups at the end, flowed well and kept this reader fully engaged until the last page was read.

    Maggie and Noah have recently married. Noah is a doctor and a widowed father of a ten year old son. Maggie, his wife, formerly suffered from postpartum psychosis after the birth of her daughter, Anna, with her first husband. This rare illness causes Maggie to lose custody of her daughter, She also loses any kind of contact with Anna. Anna's father, who had divorced Maggie, is a very wealthy man living in France and as Anna grows she is sent to a boarding school in Maine. However, Anna is searching for her birth mother and when Maggie gets word of her search and connects with her, she travels to the boarding school. to meet her. Anna is so unhappy and lonely at the school that Maggie decides to bring Anna home with her and incorporate her into her fairly new family without consulting her husband.

    Anna is seventeen, and due to a fatal accident that happened to her father, she is quite a wealthy girl. One would think that all would go ever so well and that is what Maggie hoped for. However, things start to go downhill very quickly as Anna targets Noah and there develops a "he said, she said" scenario of sexual abuse. As the story continues things get ever worse for Noah and it seems to be up to Maggie to discover the truth. This truth is ever so dark and one that she is not prepared for. Can this family be saved?

    This was an exciting domestic thriller that although it had some holes in the story line, kept me quite interested in the outcome.

    Thank you to Lisa Scottoline, St Martin's Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this riveting novel.

  • Thomas

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

    Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Lisa Scottoline for sending me this e ARC. I enjoyed this book. The book opens with Dr. Noah Alderman on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter, Anna Desroches. The book is divided into 2 narratives, After Anna and Before. In the before, Noah has remarried Maggie, after the death of his first wife. He has a son Caleb. Maggie has a daughter, Anna, who was taken from her by her husband through a divorce caused by her post pos

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

    Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Lisa Scottoline for sending me this e ARC. I enjoyed this book. The book opens with Dr. Noah Alderman on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter, Anna Desroches. The book is divided into 2 narratives, After Anna and Before. In the before, Noah has remarried Maggie, after the death of his first wife. He has a son Caleb. Maggie has a daughter, Anna, who was taken from her by her husband through a divorce caused by her post postpartum depression. She has not seen Anna in 16 years. Then her ex husband Florian dies and Anna calls her. They reunite and Anna moves in with them. Noah and Maggie's marriage falls apart even before Anna is murdered.

    The after is what happens after Anna's murder, including the trial and how Maggie finds the killer.

    Pros: I liked the story and the characters. The ending resolved all the plot lines. The courtroom scenes were excellent.

    Cons: I thought the ending was a little deus ex machina, in that the killer is brought in at the end.

    My wife and I both enjoy Scottoline's books.

    Some quotes: Maggie, getting Anna's call: "Maggie's throat thickened, and her nose started to bubble, which she hated. She was Queen of the Snotty Cry, which was even uglier than the Ugly Cry."

    Noah on Anna: "She may have been seventeen, but she was the most manipulative woman he had ever met."

    Noah, being cross examined by the District Attorney during the trial: "Noah realized that Linda was taking him methodically through the damning facts of his case. She was simply dismantling him, the way a butcher breaks apart a chicken carcass, piece by piece, wedging back the legs and wings until the joint breaks, then tearing the limbs off."

  • Kaceey

    Four spectacular ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (and a half)

    Oh my gosh I loved this book!!

    Noah and Maggie have a quaint marriage, raising Noah’s son Caleb. Sadly, Maggie has a gaping hole in her heart where her own daughter Anna once was. Sometime ago, Maggie’s ex-husband took Anna as an infant and she hasn’t seen or heard from her dear daughter since...until now.

    From out of the blue, Maggie receives a phone call from Anna and she’s on cloud nine! Before long the two are meeting for a reunion lunch. And within no time

    Four spectacular ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (and a half)

    Oh my gosh I loved this book!!

    Noah and Maggie have a quaint marriage, raising Noah’s son Caleb. Sadly, Maggie has a gaping hole in her heart where her own daughter Anna once was. Sometime ago, Maggie’s ex-husband took Anna as an infant and she hasn’t seen or heard from her dear daughter since...until now.

    From out of the blue, Maggie receives a phone call from Anna and she’s on cloud nine! Before long the two are meeting for a reunion lunch. And within no time at all, Anna is moving in. But it quickly appears that dear Anna may have her own reasons for wanting to reach out to her mother. And maybe this new family isn’t all she wanted after all.

    Told in two timelines. Before-Maggie’s POV, and After-Noah’s POV. The story-lines glides back and forth effortlessly. I never had a bit of difficulty following along.

    I’ve always been a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline, having read nearly every book she’s released. And this is definitely one of my favorites! If you’re a fan of hers this is a must read! And if you’ve never read one of her books, don’t put it off! This would be a great one to start with!

    Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Lisa Scottoline for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda’s and Norma’s fabulous blog:

  • Norma

    3.5 Stars!

    AFTER ANNA by LISA SCOTTOLINE was a fast-paced, interesting, and for the most part an enjoyable read for me but some of the subject matter in regards to how fast things progressed with the characters and their situations just happened a little too quickly for me.

    LISA SCOTTOLINE delivers a well-paced and gripping read here which is told from alternating points of view, Before Anna from Maggie’s perspective and After Anna by Noah through trial excerpts. I really enjoyed reading the trial

    3.5 Stars!

    AFTER ANNA by LISA SCOTTOLINE was a fast-paced, interesting, and for the most part an enjoyable read for me but some of the subject matter in regards to how fast things progressed with the characters and their situations just happened a little too quickly for me.

    LISA SCOTTOLINE delivers a well-paced and gripping read here which is told from alternating points of view, Before Anna from Maggie’s perspective and After Anna by Noah through trial excerpts. I really enjoyed reading the trial chapters and found them both intense and gripping.

    This book really challenged me and honestly nothing really rang true to me and I was constantly trying to figure out what the heck was going on. Then at one point everything kind of clicked in my mind and I was pretty sure I had it all figured out. From that point on I couldn’t read it fast enough to see if my prediction was correct. Well, I was partially correct but would have never of guessed the why though!

    There were a few things near the end of the book that did bother me a little bit so I wasn’t totally satisfied with how everything wrapped up but all in all it was an enjoyable read though and I’m glad that I read it. I have read quite a few LISA SCOTTOLINE novels in the past and have really enjoyed them and I will continue to read more in the future. Would recommend!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Lisa Scottoline for the opportunity of reading an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

    Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.

  • Linda

    Can broken shards of glass ever fit together again?

    Maggie Ippoliti shuffles the pieces of her past life and compares them to what she perceives as solid ground in her present life. She has remarried after a painful relationship with her first husband, Florian. Because she suffered from postpartum psychosis, her baby Anna was placed in the custody of Florian who lives in Lyon, France. Although she has not seen Anna for seventeen years, Maggie goes on to structure happiness with her new husband, N

    Can broken shards of glass ever fit together again?

    Maggie Ippoliti shuffles the pieces of her past life and compares them to what she perceives as solid ground in her present life. She has remarried after a painful relationship with her first husband, Florian. Because she suffered from postpartum psychosis, her baby Anna was placed in the custody of Florian who lives in Lyon, France. Although she has not seen Anna for seventeen years, Maggie goes on to structure happiness with her new husband, Noah, and his young son, Caleb. Noah is a pediatric allergist with a thriving practice. All is well until it no longer is.

    News arrives that Florian has been killed in a plane crash. Anna, who attends a private girls' academy in Maine, has made overtures that she wishes to live with Maggie now and become part of her family. The story opens with Maggie in a whirlwind trying to make up for lost time with her daughter. Noah accommodates the new addition to the family to keep peace. Maggie continues to overlook the glaring signposts that there's plenty of passive-aggressive behavior going on here. Love sometimes tends to blur the edges into something almost unrecognizable.

    Lisa Scottoline creates a hornets' nest of activity in After Anna. I joyfully turned pages as each character was paraded in front of us. The chapters shifted back and forth from "before" into trial logs involving Dr. Noah Alderman. A dastardly crime has been committed and Noah faces murder in the first degree. I'm in......

    But then the storyline begins to take a nosedive with plot holes large enough to drive an SUV through. The trial banter was intense (which I enjoyed), but it didn't hold up as we entered into the aftermath. For whatever my opinion is worth, I felt like the hostess was shoving our coats and hats at us before dessert was served. There seemed to be a mass exodus at the end with a wrap-up on cyclone spin. Heavy explanations for what just zipped by. The first half of the book was buzzing along just fine. It almost felt like a hand-off to another writer like a relay race. Very strange.

    Please note that After Anna is still quite the read. I encourage you to read it. Others have rated it 4 and 5 stars. I still would be open to her next offering. My nose pressed against the window saw it otherwise. Too many of those broken shards to fit together again.

    I received a copy of After Anna through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to Lisa Scottoline for the opportunity.

  • Theresa Alan

    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,

    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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