After Anna-by Hailey McKane
After Anna is a thriller/suspense novel written by Alex Lake. The book starts off with this family who is not perfect, but is just like any other family with their own family problems. The mom, Julia is soon going to be a single mother as she's breaking up with her high school sweetheart boyfriend, Chris, because she wants to experience some new things and have a little space. Chris is very sad, and practically begs her to stay with him, while his bat crazy mother, Edna, is furious at Julia for breaking her son's heart. Anyways, back to the point. Chris and Julia are not married but they have been together for at least ten years, since high school. They have a five year old daughter named Anna who attends preschool. Anna means the world to both Chris and Julia so it is a drastic event for the both of them when Anna gets abducted from her school. Anna is waiting in the parking lot for her mother to pick her up from preschool. When Julia is running wildly late to pick her daughter up, Anna wanders from the parking lot as a car picks her up and drives away. Yes, you heard that right, a car just drove away with her! Her teachers later said they expected that it was just Julia picking her up. I know right! Super crazy! I remember reading this part and just wanting to scream! Anyways, Julia and Chris are now faced with guilt, panic, and fear as they are working with the police when nobody can find Anna. How will Julia handle her pain with being late to pick up Anna and breaking up with her boyfriend in a time like this? Yes, I am leaving you on a cliffhanger! Haha, I am sorry but if you read it all the way through, you will thank me later!
About The Author
This will be a short one because Alex Lake is a very hidden guy. Alex Lake was born in North West England. His first book was actually After Anna which became somewhat popular in the United Kingdom, and then started to trail to the U.S. He has also written recently new books such as “CopyCat” and “Killing Kate.” I’m sorry to say, but that's kind of it. He does seem to have some social media such as Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to check out that.
Personal Thoughts About The Book
This was the best thriller/suspense book I have ever read! Now, I would like to just put out there, I do not read a lot of thriller books. If we are being honest here, the only “scary” book I’ve ever read was Goosebumps when I was like eight years old. So yes, I don’t have much familiarity about thriller books, but I’d like to say that After Anna was written in a very well manner. I practically read this entire book in one night because the suspense became so intense that it would bug me all night not knowing what was going to happen next. In other words, Alex Lake did a great job with keeping the readers on the edge of their seats.