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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  33,588 ratings  ·  3,938 reviews
Dr Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, is finally content after marrying Maggie. And they're both thrilled when Maggie gets an unexpected chance to be a mother to Anna, the daughter she once thought she'd lost forever.

But when seventeen-year-old Anna arrives, everything changes - and the darkest turn of events will shatter their lives in ways no one could have imag
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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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. A
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 her husband of two years, Noah, and her ...more
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% ma
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 t
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 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 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the plot of this story very much and wanted to know just what was happening because the book did a good job of hiding exactly where it was going. At first it was difficult to adjust to the difference in Maggie's chapters and Noah's chapters but once I became used to them, it was an interesting way to learn what had already happened and what was happening. The last part of the book did seem a little strange because I don't see law enforcement allowing Maggie to insert herself into an on ...more
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
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 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
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 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
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: NetGalley
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
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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
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Anna
Lisa Scottoline

MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
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 th
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After Anna is another great mystery/thriller novel that I've read this year. I was not exactly a fan of this genre but when I have read this book, it is one of the reasons why I included mystery and thriller to my list. What I like about it is that it will make readers make wild guesses about what's really happening. From beginning till the end, readers will never be disappointed because of a lot of unexpected twists were put in the story, especially in the ending. Thanks to the publisher be ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Masterful. Deceptive. Scottoline.

What can I say? Scottoline has managed to outwit, outwrite, out-do! She is the master at suspense, psychological thrillers, and most of all the domestic suspense novel. I didn't have an inkling as to the direction this story was headed and not the faintest idea how it would end. If every book could have such trickery, I'd be in heaven. Alas, not every one is that special, however, when you find one of this magnitude, it really makes you appreciate the diamond in
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Debbie Laurie
Shelves: books-i-own
A mother who wants to repair the past. A murdered teenage girl. A stepfather accused of murder.

Well, I shall say one thing about Lisa Scottoline, she sure knows how to create a page turner. I have read about seven or eight of her books now and I definitely like the courtroom drama ones the best. The story alternates between defendant Nick during the trial and his wife Maggie before the murder occurs. Although there were a few moments of disbelief on my part, I just couldn't put this one down!
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,
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
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Noah Alderman and Maggie are married. Everyone is happy, including Noah’s young son. Until Maggie’s lost but not forgotten daughter moves in with them. She is 17 and used to doing her own thing. Then she is murdered. Noah is on trial for the crime he swears he didn’t commit. What is the truth?
The more Lisa Scottoline I read, the less I like her books. Which is disappointing.
The only character I liked in the whole book was Noah, the man on trial for murdering his step-daughter. Maggie was annoyi
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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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!

Rachel Aranda
So...I needed a cooling off period after reading this book. Admittedly my feelings and thoughts were all over the place because I couldn't seem to truly believe what I had just read/listened to. The honest truth is that I did not like this book at all. I really tried since it was my first Lisa Scottoline book. When I started reading the large print version from my local library I had a hard time getting into it. The audio version was available so I downloaded it. Listening to the audio while rea ...more
Suzanne Flohr
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. It got me into a false sense of security thinking yeah I know whats going to happen ... well it threw me a curveball at the end stages and I couldnt get enough of it I kept wanting to know what happened. This book is told by two essential characters. Maggie (before) family thriller, Noah (after) legal thrillers. Im not usually a fan of courtroom books but Lisa had short quick chapters that didnt really overwhelm me with the courtroom. The story flowed very easily even th ...more
Erin Clemence
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
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
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Lisa Scottoline is a #1 bestselling and Edgar award-winning author of 33 novels. Her books are book-club favorites, and Lisa and her daughter Francesca Serritella have hosted an annual Big Book Club Party for over a thousand readers at her Pennsylvania farm, for the past twelve years. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America, and her reviews of fiction and non-fiction have appear ...more

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