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After Anna

By: Alex Lake
Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

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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.

©2015 Alex Lake (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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My feedback..2 overall

Storyline was decent but the author deviated too much and it became annoying after a while. I would end up fast forwarding through the babbling to get to the real storyline.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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is there an abridged version? too long

Pretty much nothing happens in this book. Which is a shame because the premise is so interesting. Maybe I needed the shorter version?
I'm 29 minutes from the end and debating not even finishing it, because nothing will happen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wow

What a good book! Suspenseful with all kinds of unexpected twist & turns. Absolutely loved it!

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Very good story.

Easy to listen to, great narrator, good story. Characters are lifelike, believable, and evoked some emotion from me. I would recommend it.

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It Was Obviously Predictable

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would say yes, because the narrator made such a huge difference for the story. Without the narrator, the story wouldn't be so great. She gave life to the story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect of the story was being able to see the disaster of Julia's marriage. I was very sympathetic to her circumstances even when it was not relate-able.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end when she had to tear apart her hand to get out of the Priest hole.

Do you think After Anna needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't be interested in reading a second book but if there was a book. I should probably be a back story of Etna and what triggered her physiological behavior.

Any additional comments?

The story was ok, I really wish the Author could have wrote the story in the way were it wasn't obvious who culprit was. That was the most disappointing part of the whole book. But overall was a good story. I rooted for Julia throughout the story. She was in so many obstacles. That was really strong.

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Excellent!

What a sharp twisted treat. Just enough mystery to keep you guessing right to the end. Hope there's a sequel!

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  • cc
  • 09-11-16

Just ok.

This story is very repetitive, predictable and frustrating. The only thing that made it enjoyable was the way it is narrorated. The narrorator is great !

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Frustrating

With almost 7 hours left, I figured out who did it. Then spent the next 4-5 hours irritated that I already knew the answer. I don’t know if it was because I knew the answer or not, but these hours dragged by. It seemed that the writer dwelled and dwelled on each point she was trying to make. Sooo many details. I wanted to yell, We’ve got it! Get on with it!” After a while I wondered if the book had originally been shorter and sentences had been added as a thickener.

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Haunting

Oh Julia.. I felt for this poor woman throughout the book. The idea of losing one of my children, even if only for a few minutes, is enough to make my heart race and my stomach drop. It's a fear that every mother knows. My anxiety was out the roof as I listened as Julia took blow after blow. I can't really say much without spoiling the story, but I think one reason this book shook me so much is because every bit of it could totally happen in real life.
Gripping story, great character development, and good attention to detail. Has some lulls here and there but overall it was a good book.

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Good story. Mind numbing descriptions

The story is excellent but the author goes on and on with descriptions or on tangents unrelated to the plot. Fortunately the story was strong enough to keep me listening through the mind numbing moments. I enjoyed the book but can't say I will seek more title by this author.

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  • Lydia
  • 12-04-15

Terrible

What would have made After Anna better?

If I had not bothered to download and listen to it.

What will your next listen be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

The speaker was very annoying to listen to and it was as though a child had written the story, it kept drifting away from the story to 'I remember when' or 'it reminded me of' and would go on and on about something else, sometimes a whole chapter that had nothing to do with the story and it was always 'and then.... and then....and then....'
Really disapointing.

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  • Mrs
  • 12-10-15

Shame about the shouting

This was a good story, if a little unbelievable at times. However, I almost stopped listening because of the narrator, who seemed to think it was necessary to actually shout when the characters in the book were getting agitated. It certainly made me agitated. Surely the text in a talking book should be enough? Very irritating.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Graydon
  • 03-26-16

Hard going

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I nearly gave up on this book. I only managed to finish it by skipping over several sections that were droning on too long. The idea was interesting but something in the book was lacking and the performance of the narrator was irritating so I was glad when it was over.

What three words best describe Antonia Beamish’s performance?

Shouty, irritating, annoying.

Did After Anna inspire you to do anything?

Yes, skip past some sections of it and almost quit half way through.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this book at all. The narration is very shouty. I read other reviews saying the shouting was bad but I couldn't imagine it but listening with headphones on and having the narrator shouting in my ears was not pleasant and it happened a lot. I found the way the narration was done made me not connect to any of the characters and the main character Julia I disliked so that half the time she was in peril I just wanted her to shut up and go away. If I hadn't bought this book with a voucher I would return it for a refund.

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  • Amy
  • 11-22-15

Never saw the twist coming

I was so glad this book was released in audio. I loved how the book pulled me one way, didn't see that twist coming, would highly recommend!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • DMS12
  • 06-19-16

Gripping!

Loved this book! Well read and a gripping story line. There were times I just couldn't turn it off!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 02-02-16

Excellent nailbiting thriller!!,

If you could sum up After Anna in three words, what would they be?

Nailbiting!
Thrilling!
Creepy!

What other book might you compare After Anna to, and why?

I Let You Go, the same edge of your seat capacity to keep you guessing!

What does Antonia Beamish bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings out the suspense angle very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nearly!!

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to anyone wanting an edge of your seat thriller!

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  • Clare
  • 01-06-16

saw the twist coming a mile off!

badly written and obvious ending the story didn't flow well. plus didn't like the way it was read.

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  • Kosh
  • 06-27-19

Too much tell

In a nutshell: too much thinking, talking and grandstanding and many plot holes to fall through, with a narrator who doesn’t help. The story could have been told much more effectively in half the words and with less shouting.

The too wordy review of the too wordy book:
The story idea is great, the main character is reasonable, but the others lack dimension. Too much time is spent on the soap boxing of the perpetrator, a very unpleasant character who you don’t really want to hear from. I suspect the author has some family issues as the way the mother-in-law is portrayed is very one sided, lacking the perspective that one garners from being further away from the sorts of issues portrayed.

The narrator was really difficult to listen to, her voice set me on edge, in particular the shouty bits that were actually shouted, but also the voice used for the creep was really grating.

I’m generally good at working out who dunnit, but I felt like this was completely obvious, including all the other revelations about missing people etc.

I got tired of the pontificating and the stupidity of all the characters in missing obvious clues and was going to stop after part one, but then I decided to skip some chapters to find out the ending and see if my theories were correct. With books you can skim read and miss chunks of proselytising, but this is more difficult with audiobooks- what if you miss a crucial bit and have to go back and try again? There are still unnecessary diatribes right up to the end, so I began to lose the will to live, but then it neatly wrapped up. It was also repetitive, particularly during characters’ musings.

The style of the perpetrator’s bits was awkward and this continued beyond where it seemed helpful to the plot in trying to help disguise the identity. The worst thing, though, was that the criminal wasn’t particularly clever, just that all the others were too stupid, including the police who committed several procedural errors. Additionally, I’m not sure the representation of the class system was entirely accurate and thus some of the motivation is doubtful.

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  • DG
  • 10-02-16

Averagely written without great suspense

bit of a disappointment as a holiday read. Didn't find main character engaging and plot included too many stereotypes which leads to a predicable ending.

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  • lesleypizzey
  • 02-29-16

powerful

This is a very tense story of a kidnapped child. Very sympathetically written. Superbly narrated