REVIEW: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

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Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

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 “One Perfect Lie”. And after reading the description for this new domestic thriller, I was really excited to get reading.

Nobody cuts deeper than family…

 

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.

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