I didn’t like Anna, one of the main characters from Lisa Scottoline’s new novel After Anna, from the get-go. I mean, as far as characters in a book go, this was one that I REALLY didn’t like. Something wasn’t right about her. It seemed so obvious that she was acting. She had her mother, Maggie, convinced. Her step-father, Noah, knew something wasn’t right with her but it would take a murder for all of them to discover exactly what. Let’s just say, sometimes people aren’t always what or who they seem.
Maggie is reunited with her teenage daughter, Anna, after being estranged for most of Anna’s life. Anna is brought home to live with Maggie, her husband Noah, and Noah’s 10-year-old son Caleb. Anna’s moving in disrupts the family in ways they never expected. Ten days later Anna is found dead with Noah the accused murderer.
Being so grateful to be reunited with her daughter, Maggie is afraid to be the strong, authoritative parent that Anna needs. Noah, trying to be a good husband and step-father, finds himself in one horrible situation after another. Their happy family falls apart, devastation and heartbreak in the wake of a second chance gone horribly wrong.
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of After Anna by Lisa Scottoline from NetGalley. This novel was an easy, quick read filled with drama, suspense, and unexpected turns. It would make a great summer/beach/vacation read. Several times throughout the story I thought I had everything figured out, only to quickly discover that I was completely wrong. I love stories that prove me wrong. There were enough twists and turns that kept me on my toes.
You know a book is good when the review is hard to write because you don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. The story goes back and forth between Noah’s trial and the events that lead to the trial–events both “before” and “after” Anna. Fans of Scottoline will not be disappointed.
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
Where I Read: at home on my Kindle
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars