AFTER ANNA by LISA SCOTTOLINE

After Anna

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 daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble that is brewing. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her only daughter, but the realization that her daughter’s murder was at the hands of a husband she loves. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

It’s always a wild ride with Scottoline! And After Anna is no exception.

The book is told Before Anna and After Anna. Maggie had a hard time after giving birth to Anna and had bad postpartum psychosis. While she was receiving help her husband divorced her and took the baby off to France. There has been no contact since. When out of the blue a girl calls and says she is her daughter and her father is dead now.

Maggie is ecstatic to get a second chance at motherhood with Anna. Which I’m assuming is why she is completely oblivious to the Danger! Danger! signs. Feeling her own guilt for not having been a part of Anna’s life she overlooks things that the rest of saw coming a mile off.

The pace is fast and it is a page turner. Anna is about as unlikable and shady as one could be. Manipulative as heck and you will have to read it to find out why!

NetGalley/St.Martin’sPress  April 10, 2018

 

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