Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead.
Happy Book Birthday to “After Anna”🎉 this book was the perfect blend of a domestic thriller and a legal thriller and I absolutely was thrilled by it!
You can read my full 4.5 star review below… hope you find it as compelling as I did!
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.
4.5 Page Turning Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
“Two can keep a secret if one of them is dea”
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 was a bit rushed and tied up a little too neatly….
Maggie and Noah have the perfect life…. A beautiful home, fulfilling jobs, and a 10-year-old adorable son Caleb….. The only thing missing from Maggie’s life is her estranged 17-year-old daughter Anna… so when Anna reaches out to her she is beyond thrilled… Anna comes to live with the family and now the happy family of three is a happy family of four, but not for long….. not long after Anna arrives and has caused much tension….. she is found murdered and Noah is charged with her murder…..
Told from alternating points of view between Maggie and Noah… I think I enjoyed Noah’s point of view a bit more…. I loved all the court scenes…. there was so much tension and it kept me on the edge of my seat….. and there were times I wanted to yell at him think about yourself not about Maggie… he was almost too good of a guy….. my heart did break for Maggie…. here is what should be the happiest time in her life the reunion with her daughter…. and things have gone unbelievably wrong…. i’d always say a woman should believe her child and stand by her child no matter what… but this was such a different situation…. she didn’t really know her daughter and she knew her husband, I just couldn’t see a good answer for her in the situation….
Throughout this book I kept trying to figure out what the twist was…. Who murdered Anna and the even bigger question why? And what Game was Anna playing? There of course were plenty of twists and turns none of which I saw coming…. and some of these twists if anybody saw coming then they are clairvoyant…. because they were a little out of left field….. even if some of the parts of the ending of this book were a little unrealistic, I don’t care the book as a whole was fantastic… and it is fiction after all…..
Strongly recommend to all fans of legal thrillers, domestic thrillers,and books that keep you turning the pages as fast as you can!
*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***
Happy reading! Berit 💛