Title: After Anna
Author: Lisa Scottoline
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
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.
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.
Find this book online:
About the author:
LISA SCOTTOLINE is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of the Rosato & DiNunzio series, as well as One Perfect Lie, Most Wanted, and many others. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the United States, she has been published in thirty-five countries, and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those critically acclaimed stories have been adapted into a series of memoirs, the first of which is entitled Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. She lives in the Philadelphia area.