Book Review of Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held.
But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.
When I surfing around on Goodreads, I noticed that there are some pretty mixed reviews for this one. Sometimes you just have to give it a try, so I did. And this is the first book that I have read from Wendy Walker and it certainly won’t be the last one.
We get the story in alternating point of views between Cass the youngest sister and Abigail Winters the forensic psychiatrist that was part of initial missing children case. Cass’ story unfolds over the first week after her arrival back home, so we get a piece here and a piece there of what happened during the time the girls were gone.
Where they were, who was with them and what happened. Also Cass gives us the reader a glimpse into their home life before Emma and her went missing. As Cass tells her story, Abigail is trying to put it all together. I didn’t really know a lot about narcissistic personality disorder, so following along with Abigail gathering all the information, I was trying to figure it all out too.
Sitting on the sidelines, it felt like I missing something, was there something more going on, was I missing something. So, I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Everything finally came together, I did sit and wonder to myself how I did I miss that!!! The ending was fantastic though….
Cass is a pretty strong girl, especially with everything she has been put through in her short life. There are a couple of side characters like her step brother that I wouldn’t knocking some sense into. Cass’s half bother Witt, was great though and her Dad too.
This was one seriously dysfunctional family. Dr. Abigail Winters was pretty badass, her line of work would be amazing to do. Overall, the characters seem to be fairly complex but well developed in their own ways.
Psychological thrillers are something I have always enjoyed reading and this one delivered just that, but who knew it could be both a psychological thriller and have heartbreaking moments at the same time. I will be on the look out for some more books from Wendy Walker. Pick this one up! It is freaking amazing.
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