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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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 !

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not entertainment! The only reason any stars are given is that it will not post otherwise

The story started slowly, and as is put out in the synopsis, results in the return. It rapidly runs downhill with the speed of a runaway locomotive through muck and mire of human disfunction.

Do not succumb to the leaders. This is a disturbed story that cannot in any way be termed entertaining, or enlightening, or to have any moral redeeming value.

It was a bad buy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 4 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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narration too strident to listen to

gave up...story might be good but the narrator's tone is too strident and phrasing too stilted to listen to for long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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....'<br/>Really disapointing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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!<br/>Thrilling! <br/>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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  • Rose
  • 01-16-17

said, said, said oh and just for a change said.

At the point of writing I am about an hour in to this book and I already know waht I'm going to say. The plot is good. The grammar as per usual is pathetic. Brian said, Julia said, D.I. Wynn said and so on and so forth. It's not as if the author, you can't call her a writer, doesn't know the words she might use. She just can't be bothered to use them even when the alternative is obvious to the word 'said'. So I cannot give it five stars no matter how good it gets. The style is awful though it might yet redeem itself slightly. Already i see holes in it though. the phone is remarkably well charged for having only plugged in for twenty minutes and why didn't she take ehr car? Where did it go? Is it still parked alongside that of ehr husband even though he picked ehr up? Has anyone tried sprinting in high heels? I wonder. I'll finish it but I don't expect it to improve much. Would i buy another book by the same author. I think not. In fact, no way.

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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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  • 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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  • lesleypizzey
  • 02-29-16

powerful

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

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  • Julie
  • 01-13-16

Predictable

What three words best describe Antonia Beamish’s performance?

Enjoyed the narrator

Any additional comments?

do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others