Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

After Anna
by Lisa Scottoline

Publisher: St Martin's Press
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Anna has never really known her mom.  After her father passes away she decides to reconnect and see if she can redefine family and maybe join a new one.  Maggie her mother has since remarried and is living the good life with her doctor husband, Noah, and his son from his first marriage Caleb.  They welcome Anna in their home and life After Anna is very different.

Something that felt unique and original in this book was how the chapters were formatted.  It alternated between the trial, but went mostly backwards throughout the trial and the other chapters focused on the time "before Anna."  I liked how the trial unfolded and the reader finds out about what led to the trial; it was really interesting and made it hard for me to put this one down.  

Lisa Scottoline has quite the backlist and I have by no means read any part of it and after loving this one, I am definitely interested in curling up with a few of her books.  I loved the flow of her writing and the mix of story with procedural trial, it was just such a full story.  What other stand alone's of Lisa Scottoline should I read first?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 41 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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