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Monday, 21 December 2015

Review: After Anna

After Anna After Anna by Alex Lake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the start of the book it is introduced as:

**A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. **

Let me say first, each book that is mentioned there, I have already read and in my opinion this is a book that will definitely suit fans of those mentioned authors, without one little doubt in my mind.

Its a book well deserving in its own right.

I was hooked to the pages of this book. Nothing gets to you more than a child involved in a storyline, be that on the news, in magazines we read, films we watch or books we read. No one likes to think of a child suffering.

Julia is a working Mom whose life is very busy. We have all been a little late picking our children up from school at one stage. But this time Julia hadn't been able to phone the school saying she was running late.

Julia was gone.

Do you blame the school? Do you blame the Mother?
The jury might be out on both counts, however, the first initial thoughts are to blame the Mom.

Here ensues the Mom blaming herself, she doesn't need her immediate family blaming her, she doesn't need media blaming her she is doing enough blaming herself

Alex Lake brought the right emotions into foreplay here, enough for the reader to really step into the shoes of Julia.

Then we get the chapters where there are'conversations' going on and you wonder.....just who is this that has this child, Anna.

I did guess [kinda] towards the latter end, but why and wherefore, that was a different matter.

This is a well thought out, well written emotional read that delves into the minds of several.

I really did enjoy this read and looking forward to many more from this author.

*My thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door via Net Galley for this remarkable story*

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