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review 2016-07-25 17:28
After Anna
After Anna - Alex Lake

A parents' worst nightmare....four little words:  "Your Child Is Missing."

Anna disappeared ​without a trace ​a​s ​school was being let out ​for the day.

​Anna's mother, Julia, was late picking her up and blamed herself.  She and other family members were hoping that another family member had picked her up.  Well....someone did pick her up, but they never brought her home.

Anna was missing for a week, and then surprisingly returned.  Very strange in a kidnapping case, but she was safe and unharmed.  But was she and were other family members really safe in such an odd turn of events?

AFTER ANNA had me on the edge of my seat as the kidnapper narrated what was happening and as we flashed back to the ongoing police investigation and daily lives of the characters.

AFTER ANNA is a must read for anyone who loves thrillers, chilling situations, a unique story line, and an evil, manipulating villain.

Mr. Lake did a marvelous job of keeping me guessing even though a few folks said they guessed right away who the kidnapper was.

I would consider this one of the top thrillers I have read this year. As I neared the end, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see the outcome.

ENJOY if you read AFTER ANNA.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.

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url 2016-06-25 22:14
After Anna Review!
After Anna - Alex Lake



Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing an ebook copy of After Anna By: Alex Lake in exchange for an honest review! 


Well here I am with another book that fits my mystery/thriller mood.  I'm not sure why all of a sudden I've been really in the mood for this genre, especially since I usually prefer them when it's cold outside. Regardless, here goes another one and it was a good one!



I enjoyed After Anna quite a bit. It's another thriller with the missing child trope that I like. That trope is magnificently done in this book. The suspense is killer while Anna is missing and even after Anna is returned there is still plenty of suspense! 



One thing that the author did really well in this book is make you feel for the main character,  Julia.  I really felt for her throughout the novel and not just a little bit either. Poor Julia. Her child went missing, she's the one who was supposed to pick Anna up from school on time, and she has to deal with a lot of jerks. I was just as LIVID as Julia (at two characters in particular) while reading the book. Really the writing in this book is just on point!



So here's the big question. Did I guess the twist? That's always the question when it comes to books like After Anna, right? Well guess what, I didn't guess the twist! I love when I'm taken completely by surprise, even if I feel like I SHOULD have known. The whole ending is delightfully disturbing and perfect. 



Overall After Anna is a mystery/thriller that is worth the read! The only negative thing I could possibly say about the book is I think the tagline, "The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned..." is a bit misleading. I was thinking something would be WRONG with the daughter when she came back and that is not the case. Other than that, this was a perfect book to help satisfy my mystery/thriller mood. 



I recommend After Anna for fans of Remember Mia, S is for Stranger, and (of course) Gone Girl. 


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review 2015-09-10 09:07
After Anna - Alex Lake

Julia's meeting overruns, she's forgotten to charge her phone so couldn't let the school know she was going to be late. This could happen to anyone couldn't it?? Today though, someone grabs 5 year old Anna and keeps her for a week before letting her go. Julia is extremely unlikeable and her husband Brian is a weak, mummy's boy. For a supposedly educated woman it took a long time for Julia to catch on - it was pretty obvious who the culprit was from the start. This ought to have been really gripping but I wasn't - lots of people will be. It was OK albeit a trifle far fetched. I enjoyed the style of writing and found it easy to read.

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review 2015-07-17 14:03
I'm glad my children are grown up!
After Anna - Alex Lake

A very solid 4.5 stars from me!


Every parent’s worst nightmare comes true at the beginning of this book when Julia is late to pick up her five year old daughter, Anna, from school.  The beginning of this book is absolutely outstanding – my heart was pounding with a truly emotional response to Julia’s situation when she finds Anna is missing – I couldn’t bear to read it and couldn’t bear to look away.   I suspected from the beginning how the story would pan out and didn’t see any other way that it could but it certainly threw in some very nasty episodes along the way and I really did feel for Julia.   Fast –moving and chilling with some really nasty characters and some really terrifying events.  I’m glad my children are grown up, I’m not sure I would ever let them out of my sight again if they were still this age!
Definitely recommended.

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review 2015-07-13 13:13
After Anna - Review
After Anna - Alex Lake

“After Anna” is a superbly crafted and really most addictive psychological thriller – one that will keep you up all night (I know, after all it just did that to me) – some cutting edge characters and really insightful writing that brings the whole thing to life and really does not allow you to put it aside. For anything. Let alone sleep.

So Anna disappears. Then reappears. After that things get REALLY dangerous…

A couple of things I loved about this one – first of all, even though you know from the blurb that Anna will come back, the intelligence of the plotting and the theme that runs through the portion of the novel that deals with her disappearance will still have you on the edge of your seat and will illicit an emotional response. Looking at the pure horror from a parents point of view of losing a child and not knowing what has happened – peppered with a really authentic take on how the press and public at large may perceive such parents – the first part of the story is highly intriguing and very very involving.

The second thing is the sheer exhileration of the character development. Seriously. I loved them/hated them/was suspicious of them/cheered for them – at different points as things developed I’m sure I went through the whole emotional spectrum.

I’m being extraordinarily careful here to give absolutely nothing away. The intricate web that the author weaves round the ensemble, their tangled interpersonal relationships, their personality traits, history and motivations all blend together beautifully to complete the whole and make for a really really excellent read. To know almost anything at all about any of them might spoil those little twisty “moments” that this novel has in spades and what makes it rise above the standards of the genre. So go in cold. You won’t be disappointed.

I’m aware that this author is working here under a pseudonym – I’d like to know who they are AKA simply so I can ensure I read everything they’ve ever written no matter what the genre. With storytelling this good I might even be tempted to read their shopping list.

Highly Recommended

Happy Reading Folks!

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