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.
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.
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.
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.
When I first began to read Lisa Scottoline's novels, they were well written. This novel, After Anna, appears to have scraped bottom.
It is over 600 pages long and filled with repetitive and confusing dialog. The characters behave strangely and even the structure is odd.
On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 2 - and that is based on an ending that has a redemptive storyline.
Long lost teen daughter Anna is reunited with her mother Maggie...Maggie's husband Noah
welcomes Anna his stepdaughter with open arms...one big happy family until suspicion and
doubt overtakes the family....I didn't find the ending believable
I have read a good majority of her books which I found very good....but I have to say that this one I was very disappointed....it had it's moments (very few) but overall I'm glad I didn't buy it.
I love Lisa Scottoline. I have read and recommended all of her books. But this one just fell a little flat for me. I feel the ending was rushed. It was like this is who do it and this is what happened the end. Done. I still enjoyed it but was a little disappointed.
I really enjoyed this novel. It is true that some things are left unresolved and that always leaves a nagging feeling. However it was interesting to read a plot that seemed very unlikely and still was made believable by the author. She rounded each character really well and kept it consistent throughout the story. The end did feel a bit rushed, though. I would have liked to understand how the protagonists reconcile and the psychological traumas caused by the unimaginable situation. Still, an enthralling novel that kept me glued from start to end.
From a writer I have previously like, this book is literally unreadable. The story line is absurd and unbelievable, the characters just horrible in the sense that you couldn't care less. I got half way in, and felt like I needed a shower they were all so stupid and mushmouthed. Seriously, give this pulp nightmare a miss. And, Lisa, if you wrote this, shame on you. What a piece of crap.
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.
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?
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!!!!
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caught me from the first page Twists and unexplainable events. Enjoyed it very much.
Great story. Mother finds daughter after 17 years of separation - happy days right. Wrong !! Nothing goes as expected and even goes completely off the rails. An ending that you would never have suspected. Interesting characters and well done story that will keep you up reading well into the night. Scotoline always delivers a good tale and she hit this one out of the park.
Excellent family thriller. I enjoyed the alternating chapters telling two parts of the story. Lisa Scottoline is excellent.