after anna

3 stars

I received a free copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Widower Doctor Noah Alderman married Maggie. Together with his son from his first marriage, they’ve built a happy life. That happiness is shattered when Maggie’s long-lost 17 year old daughter Anna moves in with them. Head strong and troubled, Anna turns the house upside down, ruining the happy family’s life. Things get worse when Anna is murdered and Noah is charged with the crime. Maggie’s is left reeling and searches for answers.

This book started out fine and I really wanted to like it, but as the story continued, I found myself really disliking Maggie. She was irrational, impulsive and didn’t seem to have a brain in her head. I was very annoyed at her incompetence and found myself skimming over huge sections that dealt with her spinning out of control. The book is told out of order and while can be effective in some books, didn’t really work here. The writing was ok, but the “twist” of the book was fairly obvious and predictable shortly into the book.