Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline keeps readers on their toes until the final shocking page.
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.
Praise for Lisa Scottoline:
"A deliciously distracting thriller...Scottoline illuminat[es] the landing strip of revelations and truths in a deliciously slow and intense way." —The Washington Post on After Anna
"Scottoline keeps the pace relentless as she drops a looming threat into the heart of an idyllic suburban community, causing readers to hold their breath in anticipation." —Booklist on One Perfect Lie
"Readers can be assured that the author nails the high school milieu, from athletic rivalries to sexting...they're in for one thrilling ride." —Kirkus on One Perfect Lie
"Entertaining...This fast-paced read culminates in a daring chase that would play well on the big screen." —Publishers Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This gripping domestic thriller dissects the modern American family and the burden of regret. Lisa Scottoline cleverly shifts perspectives. The story’s first part is told by Maggie, a rueful mother about to reunite with her estranged teenage daughter, Anna; the latter part is told from the point of view of Maggie’s second husband, Noah, an uptight allergist on trial for Anna’s murder. Somewhere between these two perspectives lies a sinister truth about the toxicity of control. Scottoline masterfully winds up the tense psychodrama and then unravels it at such an electrifying pace that we devoured the book in two sittings.
In this nail-biting domestic thriller from Scottoline (One Perfect Lie), prominent Pennsylvania pediatric allergist Noah Alderman, a widower, finds love again with Maggie Ippolitti. She adores his son, and they have a happy life. But everything changes when Maggie gets a call from her daughter, Anna, whom she lost custody of when the girl was six months old. Now a high school student, Anna wants to live with her. Maggie is thrilled at a second chance, and Noah is overjoyed for her. But Anna is manipulative, refuses to follow rules, and pits Maggie against Noah. Tensions mount. When Anna is murdered, Maggie is devastated. Not only is her daughter dead, but Noah is convicted of the crime. Noah claims he's innocent, but Maggie doesn't believe him. After Maggie receives a call from Anna's therapist, however, she realizes things aren't what they appear and embarks on a mission to find the truth. Filled with plenty of twists and complex characters, this entertaining story builds to a satisfying conclusion.
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me wanting to find out the next moves and how it was going to turn out. I really liked the fact there were hardly any cuss words and those were mild. I've always said people can write a great book without all the trash and she did just that. Bravo!!
Very good cliffhanger novel. Couldn’t put it down. I like that the author wrote in the third person. I didn’t see the twist in plot coming at all. Look forward to more great stories from this author.
Great book, well written and kept me engaged the whole time! I enjoyed the plot twists and didn’t predict them at all. Ignore any negative review and do yourself a favor: Read This Book!!