After Anna

by Alex Lake

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LoveReading View on After Anna

December 2015 Debut of the Month.

A stirring and thrilling plot ensures 'After Anna' just gallops along for your dramatic reading pleasure. When Julia’s daughter disappears at the school gates, the nightmare that follows, threatens to swallow her whole. The prologue is a three page little masterpiece, as with a chilling simplicity the villain of the piece declares their intention. Alex Lake immediately hooks your attention, holds and agitates it, the writing is sharp and pointed. I did feel as though I was being held at a distance from Julia, I could see her anguish and pain, but didn't feel completely connected to her, this allowed me an overview, to review and process information. If like me, you like to set your brain to analysing mode as you read, you may find there are no huge surprises waiting in store, however I still found this to be a captivating and cracking read. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

After Anna Synopsis

The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned...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. A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

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After Anna Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Richard Hamlin - 'After Anna is an enjoyable read; it’s a well-told modern day tale of drama and tension.'
  • Carrie Johnson - 'For suspense with a dose of sheer terror at one stage, this is a great read […] I felt tense and on the edge of my seat.' 
  • Chris Bertenshaw - 'Intriguing thriller about the abduction of a young girl, and the fallout for the family afterwards.' 
  • Susan Pledger - 'A good psychological thriller. I was gripped from the start, although I found it a bit disturbing. It certainly made you want to know how it ended.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is one of the most tense nail biting books, I have read this year!'
  • Susan Burton - 'Well written book and an enjoyable read.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'Alex Lake most certainly knows how to get readers totally glued to the nightmare unfolding...An incredible twist is looming in the dark waiting for someone to find out who has taken Anna and why.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'You could not have ripped this book out of my hands if you had tried. Wow. Absolutely fantastic!'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A tense, scary story about the abduction of a child.  Alex Lake powerfully portrays the torture and guilt a mother feels when her daughter goes missing after school.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'This book is compulsive reading, full of suspense and drama and most certainly ‘un-put-down-able’.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The pace is fast and the twists just stunned me. I could not believe what I was reading, I was glued to the page. It was incredibly good! I recommend this for anyone who enjoys thrillers.'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'A novel that had me gripped from its opening paragraph. It truly deserves the sentence 'unable to put down'. Gripping, unpleasant and highly addictive, After Anna is a must read.' 
  • Vikki Patis - 'The plot was fast-paced and the characters well-constructed; none of the characters were particularly lovable, but they were realistic and relatable.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A book of two halves.  Totally intriguing first half and oh dear did it wane in the second.'
  • Olivia D'Silva - 'A good plot but a missing thriller suspense.'
  • Nicki Underwood - 'A slightly different twist on the mystery.'

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ISBN: 9780008168483
Publication date: 19/11/2015
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008168483
Publication date: 19th November 2015
Author: Alex Lake
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Alex Lake

Alex Lake is a British novelist who was born in the North West of England. After Anna is the first book to be written under the author's pseudonym, and it has been a No.1 bestselling ebook sensation, receiving over 100 5* reviews online. The author now lives in the North East of the US.

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