Scottoline’s expertly plotted standalone book moves at a rapid-fire pace, almost like watching a movie unfold. It contains strong characterization and the short chapters add to the tension. Readers will find themselves saying, “Just one more chapter,” whether you’re walking, eating or heading off to bed! The tale is told in alternating POVs: Maggie (before the trial) and Noah (after the trial). The court scenes are vivid enough to make you feel like you’re in the courtroom, and twists keep readers guessing throughout. Scottoline has perhaps outdone herself with After Anna!

After losing his first wife to cancer, Dr. Noah Alderman is happily married to Maggie, with one son and a thriving medical practice. His life is turned upside down after Anna, the daughter Maggie thought would never be in her life again, contacts Maggie and, shortly thereafter, moves in with them. Things go downhill from there, with Anna making numerous claims against Noah, and then she is found dead. Noah is arrested for the murder. Maggie does some investigating of her own and is shocked with what she uncovers. Were things with Anna exactly as they appeared, or was something sinister behind the family reunion? Will Noah end up losing more than his wife and son? (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 400 pp., $27.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee