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After Anna

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  16,954 Ratings  ·  2,340 Reviews
Nobody cuts deeper than family...

Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules though Maggie, ecstatic to have her
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Marion Coro I read a statement by Scottoline (maybe a preface in one of her previous novels) thanking Picoult for helping her find her "voice". This is not…moreI read a statement by Scottoline (maybe a preface in one of her previous novels) thanking Picoult for helping her find her "voice". This is not verbatim, but that was the gist. If this is the voice Picoult helped her find, I wish it had remained stifled. Scottoline used to write fun, engaging novels featuring smart, independent women. I am not a fan of Picoult's and the things I dislike about her were definitely part of this book. First, the gushiness. The conversations between mother and daughter could double for Ipecac. Also, everything is instantly perfect between them. Highly unrealistic.(less)

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Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I’ve read quite a few of Lisa Scottoline’s novels over the years and have always enjoyed them. However, I have to say that I enjoy her stand-alone novels the most. I especially enjoyed her last novel “One Perfect Lie”. And after reading the description for this new domestic thriller, I was really excited to get reading.

Nobody cuts deeper than family...

Maggie and Noah are getting a second chance at a happily ever after. And
Theresa Alan
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Parts of this mystery/thriller are very well done. The story is told both Before Anna and After Anna. Anna is Maggie’s daughter who she lost custody of after battling postpartum psychosis, a more serious illness than postpartum depression. That was seventeen years ago, when Anna was just six months old. After Anna’s father dies in a plane crash, she seeks out Maggie, who is thrilled to take Anna from the boarding school she hates and have her move in with Maggie, her husband of two years, Noah, ...more
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Four spectacular ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (and a half)

Oh my gosh I loved this book!!
Noah and Maggie have a quaint marriage, raising Noah’s son Caleb. Sadly, Maggie has a gaping hole in her heart where her own daughter Anna once was. Sometime ago, Maggie’s ex-husband took Anna as an infant and she hasn’t seen or heard from her dear daughter since...until now.

From out of the blue, Maggie receives a phone call from Anna and she’s on cloud nine! Before long the two are meeting for a reunion lunch. And within no time
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Can broken shards of glass ever fit together again?

Maggie Ippoliti shuffles the pieces of her past life and compares them to what she perceives as solid ground in her present life. She has remarried after a painful relationship with her first husband, Florian. Because she suffered from postpartum psychosis, her baby Anna was placed in the custody of Florian who lives in Lyon, France. Although she has not seen Anna for seventeen years, Maggie goes on to structure happiness with her new husband, N
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I had heard many good things about Lisa Scottoline’s books and so when I was offered an ARC of her latest thriller After Anna , I went into it expecting an intense read. The plot (from the summary) sounded promising and the first 2-3 chapters actually did draw me in, made me interested in the story and wanting to find out what was really going on with Anna’s murder and what Noah’s role was in it. Unfortunately, the story quickly started falling apart for me (I was barely at the 8% mark
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Page Turning Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead

I haven’t read a Lisa Scottoline book in quite some time, and I’m not sure why but after reading this book I’m going to go back and pick up some of those I have missed.... this book grab me from the very beginning and did not let go until the bitter end..... A combination of both legal thriller and domestic thriller it was fantastic.... The only reason this book did not get a full five stars is I felt as though the ending w
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Riveting courtroom drama, taut suspense, and emotional family drama-

When Maggie’s estranged seventeen- year old daughter, Anna, calls out of the blue, hoping to reconnect, Maggie is over the moon. As it turns out, Anna’s father has died, making Anna a very wealthy young woman, but she is utterly alone in the world. Maggie, of course, immediately invites Anna to move in with her and her new husband, Noah, and his son. Maggie
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline is a bit of a mix of a legal and domestic thriller. The story actually begins at what one would think would be the end of a book with Noah about to hear the verdict of his trial. The style then takes a before and after take on the murder of Anna with the point of view going between Noah and Maggie.

Noah had been a single father to his young son after the death of his first wife before he met Maggie. The two hit it off and were married with Maggie stepping right in as
Norma * Traveling Sister
3.5 Stars!

AFTER ANNA by LISA SCOTTOLINE was a fast-paced, interesting, and for the most part an enjoyable read for me but some of the subject matter in regards to how fast things progressed with the characters and their situations just happened a little too quickly for me.

LISA SCOTTOLINE delivers a well-paced and gripping read here which is told from alternating points of view, Before Anna from Maggie’s perspective and After Anna by Noah through trial excerpts. I really enjoyed reading the trial
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
4 kept me reading stars

This was my first book by this author and I have to say that I did like what I read. The story, although it did have a few hiccups at the end, flowed well and kept this reader fully engaged until the last page was read.

Maggie and Noah have recently married. Noah is a doctor and a widowed father of a ten year old son. Maggie, his wife, formerly suffered from postpartum psychosis after the birth of her daughter, Anna, with her first husband. This rare illness causes Maggie t
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: NetGalley
Shelves: netgalley, us-legal
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Lisa Scottoline for sending me this e ARC. I enjoyed this book. The book opens with Dr. Noah Alderman on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter, Anna Desroches. The book is divided into 2 narratives, After Anna and Before. In the before, Noah has remarried Maggie, after the death of his first wife. He has a son Caleb. Maggie has a daughter, Anna, who was taken from her by her husband through a divorce caused by her post pos
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Norma and I were lost in the dense lush coulee with Kaceey reading After Anna and even though we ended up in the same coulee we were on different sides of the coulee on how much we enjoyed this one.

After Anna is an entertaining, fast-paced and suspenseful domestic thriller that had us running in circles in the coulee trying to figure out who was manipulating who in this story. Norma at times struggling to escape the circle and Kaceey and I just going with the flow until that great twist tossed
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've enjoyed some of Lisa Scottoline's books. And this one started off strong. But I found that it really unraveled about two thirds of the way in.

The book starts with two alternating points of view and two separate timelines. One timeline moves backwards, and starts with the conclusion of Noah's trial who is found guilty of murdering his stepdaughter Anna. The second timeline starts earlier, moving forward, and is told from Noah's wife Maggie's perspective. Two thirds in, the timeline switches
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Anna
Lisa Scottoline

PUBLISHER St. Martin’s Press
PUBLISHED April 10, 2018

A consuming and cleverly structured thriller, blending the story of before and after Anna.

Maggie lost custody of her baby, Anna, when she was only six months old. The two have not seen each other since, and now Anna is 17. Maggie had no choice but to move on, She’s found love again and is now happily married to Noah Alderman, a widower. Maggie adores Caleb, Noah’s son, and they have quite the perf
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Anna, Anna, Anna...she finally has come home to her mother, but what should have been a joyous occasion after seventeen years turns into a nightmare.

Anna and Maggie were apart for seventeen years. Maggie’s husband falsely accused her of abusing their infant daughter and took her away. Anna connected with her mother after her father was killed in a plane crash.

Maggie had remarried and lived with her loving husband, Dr. Noah Alderman. Everyone accepted Anna into the family even though Anna balked
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Give me a novel by Lisa Scottoline any day of the week! I was not disappointed by this latest release.

Maggie and Noah are happily married. This is a second marriage for both. Noah is a successful doctor with a 10-year old boy, Caleb. Maggie has a seventeen-year old daughter, Anna. Maggie lost custody of Anna when she was an infant due to postpartum psychosis which is more severe than postpartum depression. Anna is in a boarding school when she finds out her father’s plane was in a fatal crash ki
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to St. Martin Press for sending me a final copy of After Anna by Lisa Scottoline. The story is told in alternating chapters of Before Anna and After Anna. The After Anna chapters are in a court room setting which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Noah and Maggie are happily married. They both have children from previous marriages. Maggie loves Noah’s son Caleb. Unfortunately, Maggie lost custody to her daughter, Anna, when she was just a baby and has not seen her since. Maggie’s ex-husband, Florian,
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I feel like I must have read a different book than a majority of the previous reviewers for I spent a bulk of my time thinking how poorly this book was written. Both the beginning and the ending were ridiculously and unrealistically compressed. Maggie gets a phone call early in the week that her estranged daughter (who thinks Maggie physically abused her as an infant) wants to meet her. The conversation is stilted and fake. They sound like 2 teenage girls who find out they both have crushes on t ...more
Sherri Thacker
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret I love most books written by Lisa Scottoline and I was thrilled to get this book through the publisher and Goodreads. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. This is my 10th book by Ms Scottoline and she never disappoints. This grabbed me from page 1 with a strong start. And holy cow, what a FABULOUS book!!!! If you have not read any of her books ... START WITH THIS ONE!!!!! It has you guessing till the end and I’m still thinking about it which makes for a GREAT book!! T ...more
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
In a word this book was disappointing, on many levels. I am a fan of Ms. Scottoline’s having enjoyed “One Perfect Lie” and “Every Fifteen Minutes” is still one of my all time favorite thrillers.

As you all know from the blurb “Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who b
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars rounded up!

I feel like I needed a really solid mystery/thriller to read as of late. I was excited when I got the chance to read Lisa Scottoline's new book. I was totally engrossed in this book and I read it in just about 24 hours. That's when I know I really liked something. I kept picking it back up just to know what had happened!

We meet Noah and Maggie. They are a happily married couple and they are both married to each other in their second marriages. We find out that Maggie had a c
Erin Clemence
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.

Noah Alderman is a widower and single father who has recently married Maggie, a receptionist from his office. When Maggie’s long-estranged teenage daughter shows up out of the blue and attempts to rekindle a parental relationship with Maggie, Maggie is over the moon. Soon, Anna moves in with Maggie and her family and they begin to form some semblance of a normal life. Ho
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another suspense- filled thriller, by Lisa Scottoline, that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The story begins as an engaging family drama, leading to the challenges of parenting a teenager, followed by twists involving lies and manipulation.
I was disappointed with the epilogue as I found it to be implausible.
However, don't let this deter you from picking up or listening to this novel as it is certainly worth the read.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
Wowsa!! What a twisted intense thriller! Giving this a whopping 4.5 ☆
My first experience with this author and won’t be my last! It’s amazing - recommend!

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I have been a fan of Lisa Scottoline for a long time and have almost always really enjoyed her books so I went into this book expecting to love it. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. It was really just kind of okay for me. I had a really hard time getting into this book and it actually took me an entire week to finish it which is a very long time for me to be reading a single boo
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A very enjoyable read. Gripping and suspenseful.

Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Postpartum psychosis left Maggie Ippoliti without her precious baby daughter, Anna (her nefarious ex-husband Florian obtained custody and kept the girl away from Maggie for 17 years). Now that Maggie has found some semblance of happiness with her doctor-husband Noah and stepson Caleb, Anna appears out of nowhere, wanting, it appears, to make up for lost time. Needless to say, Maggie is overwhelmed, overjoyed and desperate to please the girl - and delighted that she gets a ton of support from Noa ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller is told with two timelines. The one that takes place 'after Anna' is told backwards: Dr Noah Alderman is on trial for the murder of his stepdaughter, Anna, and is just about to learn the jury's verdict. Next we learn what happened in court the day before, then the day before that...and so on.

But sharing centerstage with that is the story of 'before Anna' and what led up to her murder. At about the 75% mark, the two storylines converge, Noah hears the verdict and then the story com
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Suspense. Domestic Thriller.
Rating: 4 stars

What a thrilling read! I was sucked into this book from the minute I started reading it. It's got this cool vibe where it comes off as part court room drama, part domestic thriller, and then a little mystery thrown in. The ending was quite spastic (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) but the beginning and middle are quite engrossing. Perhaps that MEGA CLIMAX/TWIST is the authors specialty? I'll have to r
Karen Kay
I received this from in exchange for a review.

The story is told Before Anna and After Anna. Before she was killed, and after she was killed. The majority of 'After' is told from her supposed killer point of view, her step-father, during his murder trial. This is where I feel the story got bogged down, the back and forth dialog was ... blah.


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