Saturday, October 6, 2018

After Anna; Lisa Scottoline



TITLE: After Anna
AUTHOR: Lisa Scotoline
PUBLISHER: Macmillan
PUB. YEAR: 2018
SETTING:  NH
FORMAT:  - audio
RATING: 3/5 stars

Dr. Noah Alderman was a widower with a young son, Caleb. Now remarried to Maggie, life is good for the threesome. Caleb, 10, a boy with a communication disorder is really beginning to open up to Maggie.  Maggie was previously married, she has not seen her daughter, Anna, since she was an infant.  Maggie suffered from post-partum psychosis and her infant daughter was raised by her ex and his second wife.

When Maggie's ex and his new family is killed in a plane crash, Maggie receives an unexpected call from Anna, now 17, who had been at an elite boarding school in NH.  When mother and daughter meet, the two soon decide that Anna will come home to live with Maggie, Noah and Caleb.  It isn't long before trouble brews at the Alderman household and when tragedy strikes and Anna ends up dead, Noah is accused of her murder.

The story is told from the Before Anna and After Anna POV,  the After Anna, is a courtroom trial setting.  This is a story that started out strong even though the characters were not likable and one-dimensional.  The story then takes a strange twist and, although the twist deals with a very serious issue, it felt so rushed leaving me disappointed.  It's too bad as I've enjoyed this author in the past.

9 comments:

  1. Diane, thank you for your honest review of this audiobook. I've seen this author's name (probably here) but have not read (or listened to) her work yet.

    Since you listen to so many audiobooks, I hope you'll stop by my blog because I have a special guest post about audiobooks.

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  2. I've only read one of her books but it's been a long while. Not sure about this one but would actually like to check out her series.

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  3. It almost doesn't sound worthy of your 3/5 rating!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I'll pass on this one.

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  5. Sorry this was a stinker for you.

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  6. Too bad this one didn't work out, it sounds like it could have been interesting.

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  7. Sorry this didn't work out for you.

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  8. For some reason I have not ever read Lisa Scottoline. You must have read earlier books of hers and hoped for better with this one.

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  9. I read one of Scottoline thrillers early in my reading-in-English life (late 90s to early 2000s). I liked that thriller very much, but I haven't read anything else by her. It sounds that this one wasn't entirely successful with the twist she pulled.

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