The No. 1 ebook bestseller, Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and USA Today bestseller
The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned…
A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless.
The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved.
But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned.
She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.
Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, C. L. Taylor and Lucy Foley
Praise for Alex Lake
‘Relentlessly fast paced, a compelling plot and anxiety inducing finale. A cracking read’ John Marrs, bestselling author of The One
‘Opens with a nightmare scenario and races to a gripping, horribly tense ending – I think I actually stopped breathing several times. Loved it!’ Jackie Kabler, bestselling author of The Perfect Couple
'With an unrelenting sense of urgency, this brilliant book will get under your skin. Great hook, fast-paced, fully engrossing. Don't miss out – read it now!' Sam Carrington, author of The Missing Wife
‘This is creepy storytelling of the highest order: spine-chilling and difficult to put down’ Daily Mail
‘A superb read for suspense fans, this taut thriller will have you racing for the finish’ Heat
‘A gripping page turner’ Closer
‘The emotional rawness will take you to dark depths, but the journey towards that last flicker of hope is one you can’t pull back from’ Woman & Home
‘Evocative writing and emotional rawness’ Woman’s Weekly
‘A thoroughly entertaining, gripping read’ Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage In a Wood
‘A nail-biting psychological thriller … maintains high suspense to the very end’ Publishers Weekly
‘Superbly crafted … will keep you up all night’ LizLovesBooks.com
‘A novel that had me gripped from its opening paragraph … It certainly had me wanting more … An excellent novel’ TheWelshLibrarian.blogspot.com
‘A story that will grab your attention from the start … It will certainly appeal to any fans of psychological thrillers’ ByTheLetterBookReviews.co.uk
About the author
Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna is the first book to be written under the author’s pseudonym, and it has been a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation, receiving over 500 5* reviews online. The author now lives in the North East of the US.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This well-written psychological thriller takes the familiar theme of a missing child and turns it on its head. Julia, Anna’s mother, is relieved when her daughter reappears after a week-long disappearance; little does she know, it’s just the start of a nightmare. Author Alex Lake keeps the tension mounting as she examines a family in crisis and delivers disturbing insights. Packed with red herrings and plot twists, After Anna is as relatable as it is thrilling.
Divorce attorney Julia Crowne, the heroine of this nail-biting psychological thriller from the pseudonymous Lake, a British novelist, arrives one afternoon at Westwood, a school somewhere in the U.K., to pick up her five-year-old daughter, Anna but Anna isn't there. Either the girl wandered off or she was kidnapped. A few days earlier, Julia asked her husband, Brian, in whom she has lost interest, for a separation. Once the story of Anna's disappearance gets out, the press vilifies Julia, falsely labeling her as a negligent, mentally unstable adulterer who was planning on leaving her husband and daughter. A week later, the police receive a call from a newsagent, who says that a little girl has walked into his store claiming to be Anna. Once Anna returns home, the nightmare is far from over, and Julia's life unravels even more. Alternating between the viewpoints of the abductor and the frantic, guilt-ridden Julia, Lake deftly exposes their deepest thoughts and maintains high suspense to the very end.
Customer ReviewsSee All
A good, quick read
Lots of action. The storyline was interesting, but if you're a fan of the mystery/thriller genre then the "bad guy" is quite obvious early on. A good, quick read that doesn't require a lot of the reader in terms of remembering hints, clues, characters, etc. Even though the ending was predictable, it was still a page turner.
I have enjoyed all the other books by this author but this one was hard to even finish. Would not recommend sadly.
Grabbed my attention but was difficult to stay engaged. Highly predictable. I figured out who kidnapped her almost immediately.