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review 2019-10-08 02:58
After Anna
After Anna - Lisa Scottoline,Jeremy Bobb,Mozhan Marno

Maggie is happily married to Noah, a widower, and they are happily raising Noah's son/Maggie's stepson Caleb in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  But for roughly 17 years, Maggie's carried a hole in her heart.  Her first husband Florian divorced her when she stopped being useful to him (working and supporting them both during his time in grad school), and he used her post-partum psychosis to have her declared an unfit mother, taking their daughter, at age six months, away from her.  Florian managed to become insanely wealthy by selling an app he'd developed, and he established a jet-set lifestyle based in France.

 

Out of the blue, Maggie gets a phone call.  The voice on the phone belongs to a young woman, saying she is Anna, wanting to reconnect with Maggie.  Maggie immediately travels to Maine, where Anna has been attending an exclusive boarding school.  It turns out that Florian, along with his second wife and their two young children, died in an airplane accident.  Maggie makes a quick decision:  Anna should come home with her and move in.

 

A short time afterward, Anna is dead.  Noah stands accused of murdering her.  The book is split into chapters designated "before" and "after" (i.e. before and after the death).  Many of the "after" chapters are devoted to Noah's trial.  Will he be found guilty?  The "before" sections focus on the events leading up to the fateful night when the body is found.

 

As I read through the alternating chapters, I often held the thought, "Things are not as they seem.  There will be twists."  My main questions were--when will the twists arrive, and what will they be?  Without giving away any secrets, I will say that the primary twist shows up at 75% into the book.  Then the plot speeds up as the twists multiply and the truths come out.  As I was mulling over possible twists early on, I did consider one that was roughly the actual twist--though I didn't anticipate 100% of the details.

 

The book kept me going, especially once I hit that 75% mark--then I had to keep going until I had all the details.  The ending, to me, was satisfying, albeit a bit rushed.  Going back and forth between Noah's and Maggie's narratives, there were times when the trial portions felt a bit grinding and I wished they could wrap up more quickly.

 

As an aside, I will mention that having grown up in Philadelphia (and now an expat), I was aware of Lisa Scottoline's books long before I decided to read one.  There were often local news stories about this mystery writer who was local.  I DNFed another Scottoline book that I just couldn't get into, but I don't recall which one.  I enjoyed the references to places in the Philly area.

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text 2019-10-04 02:30
Irritated
After Anna - Lisa Scottoline,Jeremy Bobb,Mozhan Marno

Yes, irritated again about needing to add a book.  It isn't just that the edition I'm listening to wasn't on Booklikes.  No edition of this book was on Booklikes.  And it was released in 2018.  In April

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review 2019-01-30 01:23
Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline
Corrupted (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) - Lisa Scottoline

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

This was really good! I have had this book for a long time and I have to say that right now I am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. I was totally sucked into the story and had a hard time setting it aside once I got going. I think that one of the reasons that I hesitated for so long is because it is the third book in the series and I wasn't sure that it would work out of order but it works perfectly as a stand-alone novel. I am so glad that I finally decided to give this book a try.

This book covers two different cases at different points in time that share the same cast of characters. Thirteen years ago, Bennie represented Jason who was twelve years old at the time. Jason was sent to juvenile detention over a relatively minor incident where he stood up to a bully in the school cafeteria. The punishment of 90 days in juvenile detention seemed quite harsh for such a young child and Bennie worked hard to get him released. Unfortunately, she was pulled off the case by Jason's father because of a personal relationship. The current case has Bennie defending Jason who is being charged with murdering the same bully from all those years ago. 

I liked how different the two cases were in this book and thought that they were both equally interesting. I really enjoyed the fact that this book really focused on all of the legal maneuvers. I found all of the motions and appeals to be very interesting in the way it was presented. I also liked getting the chance to learn Bennie's thought process during the trial as she made decisions to object and question witnesses. 

I did like the characters in this book. Bennie is incredibly competent as a lawyer and there was never a doubt in my mind that she would always do what was in her client's best interest. She does have a romantic relationship in this story and I think that seeing her in a more vulnerable situation really helped to make her feel authentic. It was interesting to see the contrast between Jason as a child to the man being tried for murder. 

I thought that Kate Burton did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. She just pulled me into the story and held my attention. I think that she did a wonderful job with all of the character voices and brought a lot of emotion into the story anytime it was warranted. I believe that this is the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Kate Burton's work but I plan to look for her in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a well done legal thriller that kept me guessing. This was quite the page-turner in the end and I cannot wait to read more from Lisa Scottoline very soon.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that this book was very well done. There are really two cases that are detailed in the book. The first case happens when Bennie's client is a middle school age child and the second case occurs about 13 years later when the same client is an adult. I liked that this book stayed pretty focused on the court proceeding and rationale behind the lawyer's moves. There is a romance that comes into play but the main focus is on the cases. The audiobook narration was easy to listen to and added to my enjoyment of the novel.

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review 2018-06-02 00:00
Accused
Accused - Lisa Scottoline Thirteen-year-old beekeeper and genius extraordinaire Allegra Gardner hires Mary DiNunzio, new partner in the law firm, Rosato & Associates, to represent her regarding the murder of her sister six years ago. Allegra is convinced that the man imprisoned for murder is innocent. Allegra wants an investigation into the case, proving the innocent of the accused, and aiding in the discovery of the true murderer.

On a personal level, Mary's boyfriend Anthony asks her to marry him. Although she is not quite sure she is ready for that type of commitment, she accepts. After all, she just became partner, which, along with her caseload, is about all the change she needs for now.

Accused by Lisa Scottoline is fast-moving, with surprising twists. Also, I laughed out loud more than once while reading this book. I absolutely loved Mary's rather rambunctious Italian family. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. As I requested the ARC of Book 7, Feared, for review, I decided to begin this series from the start with this book. I am quite happy that I did so. Not only have I already purchased the rest of this series, I purchased the first in the prior series, Rosato & Associates.

Part of my rating is due to the fact that I listened to the audio version of this book and that the narrator, January LaVoy, is one of my favorites.
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review 2018-06-02 00:00
Accused
Accused - Lisa Scottoline Thirteen-year-old beekeeper and genius extraordinaire Allegra Gardner hires Mary DiNunzio, new partner in the law firm, Rosato & Associates, to represent her regarding the murder of her sister six years ago. Allegra is convinced that the man imprisoned for murder is innocent. Allegra wants an investigation into the case, proving the innocent of the accused, and aiding in the discovery of the true murderer.

On a personal level, Mary's boyfriend Anthony asks her to marry him. Although she is not quite sure she is ready for that type of commitment, she accepts. After all, she just became partner, which, along with her caseload, is about all the change she needs for now.

Accused by Lisa Scottoline is fast-moving, with surprising twists. Also, I laughed out loud more than once while reading this book. I absolutely loved Mary's rather rambunctious Italian family. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. As I requested the ARC of Book 7, Feared, for review, I decided to begin this series from the start with this book. I am quite happy that I did so. Not only have I already purchased the rest of this series, I purchased the first in the prior series, Rosato & Associates.

Part of my rating is due to the fact that I listened to the audio version of this book and that the narrator, January LaVoy, is one of my favorites.
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