Emma in the Night: A Novel

Emma in the Night: A Novel

by Wendy Walker
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Emma in the Night: A Novel by Wendy Walker

"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." –Booklist, Starred Review

One night three 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.

Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.

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ISBN-13: 9781250141446
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,495
File size: 981 KB

About the Author

WENDY WALKER has worked as an attorney specializing in family law. Her novels include Four Wives, Social Lives, and All is Not Forgotten. She lives in Connecticut where she is at work on her next novel.
Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home in Connecticut writing and raising her children.  She is the author of the novels Four Wives and Social Lives, and is the editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad. She is currently working on her next book.

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Emma in the Night 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
aimlyss 3 months ago
Wow, talk about pulling the rug out from under you. I did not see the main twist coming whatsoever! There were so many along the way, but one (and you will know if you have read the book), was super messed up. This is the story of two sisters that disappeared on the same night when they were 15 and 17. One reappears a few years later and the search is on to find the still missing sister. Emma in the Night is told from the point of view of the returning sister (Cass) and an FBI agent assigned to the case (Abby), both of which suffered under mothers with Narcissist Personality Disorder. I can't say much without giving away the story, but believe me when I say this book will have you wondering what in the world is going on and when you think you have it figured out, you will realize you were wrong all along.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Very intriguing and interesting, definitely kept me turning pages!
Anonymous 7 days ago
There are always stories about dysfunctional families, mysteries, police investigations... Emma in the Night kept my interest as it weaved its way through past and present and told the story of 2 girls and a manipulative mother. Now, we've all known those people who know how to manipulate others, but Emma in the Night added in multiple perspectives and timeframes in a seamless way that keeps you going, wondering who is telling the truth. There isn't anything in this that's merely for shock value or to serve as a red herring... it all ties together. Cass and Emma are sisters. Their parents have divorced, their mother is manipulative, there's a step-brother and step-father thrown in the mix. Their mother is a narcissist and uses situations to use the girls against each other to prove who loves her most, granting favors to the favored child and leaving the other always trying for approval. One night, Cass and Emma disappear and an investigation ensues. The psychologist on the case has a family history with narcissistic parents and suspects there's more to the story but can't prove it. They remain missing for several yearsr, and then Cass returns.. but where's Emma? Cass's return has multiple twists and does a remarkable job telling how life in the household affected her, how Emma reacted, the roles that their mother, father, stepfather, stepbrother, and half-brother all played. The original investigator and psychologist are back as well, so through brilliant storytelling, you learn how the original disappearance and return affected everyone. I was honestly surprised at the ending and thoroughly enjoyed the book. If you're looking for a great read with intrigue and family dynamics, this book is for you.
Holly 13 days ago
Emma In The Night is the story of when a girl comes back after being missing for three long years and what really happened before and after, she went missing. It took one night for two girls to disappear by the names of Emma and Cass, to only have Cass return just three years later without Emma. As Cass tells her side of the story of where they have been, the search is on to find Emma before it's too late. It all comes down to the past and the real truth of what really happened the night they disappeared with a ending that will leave you speechless!! This was a fantastic book with a ending that I didn't see coming at all. The way that this story was written was awesome in the sense that you get multiple sides to the story that makes this book a great read or at lest for myself, it was great! I do have to say that in the beginning, you just don't know what is really going on but there comes this pivotal moment that everything makes sense that will lead to that breathtaking ending that made me wish that a movie of this book was coming really soon just to see everything play out on the big screen!! Thank You to Wendy Walker for writing yet another fantastic book that has made me kinda impatient waiting for the next big thriller from you!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
EMJenkinson 14 days ago
Over-hyped psychological thrillers plague readers and as I settled into my chair to read Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker, I was weary. After all, The Girl on the Train failed to meet my expectations after reading Gone Girl despite its praise. In this case, largely due to my preference for horror over other genres, I am grateful not to suffer the effects of psych-thriller saturation. That doesn’t leave me without flaws, though: I made assumptions after the first pages of Emma in the Night, with little expectation of discovering precisely how wrong I was. It’s rare that I become so engrossed in a book that it haunts my every day routine. In fact, the last book that gripped me that tightly is Bird Box by Josh Malerman. For those readers who are fairly new to my blog, Bird Box is among the first reviews I wrote. When I found myself constantly thinking about the first few chapters of this book, I knew Walker had me in her web. Little did I know that I would lose sleep over Emma in the Night (not that I’m complaining, of course). Without going into too much detail about my personal life, the fact Walker centers Emma in the Night around the effects of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is precisely why I felt the need to read this book. Unfortunately, I have far more personal experience with this disorder than I like. As a result, I was curious as to how well Walker writes about the issue and it’s obvious she’s more than done her share of research. In the despicable character of Judy Martin, Walker educates readers about how deeply a narcissistic parent can affect their children’s lives. She does so wonderful a job of this that I’m actually quite glad to say I read the acknowledgments first. Told from alternating first-person and third-person perspectives (Cassandra Tanner and Dr. Abigail Winter respectively), Walker leads readers on a twisting path that pays homage to the old saying “trust no one” by reminding us that people “believe what they want to believe.” After all, to Cass, Emma, and Judy it’s a game that escalates beyond their expectations. As I said in the beginning of the review, I made an assumption that proved to be wrong. Perhaps because of this, Walker caught me off-guard several times. Regardless, the depth of her prose proved, to me at least, worthy of its hype. Last night, when I tried to go to bed between one and two in the morning, I found myself unable to stop thinking about this book. Because of that, I ended up reading the last 60-70% in one sitting. I regret nothing. Emma in the Night is an well-researched, twistingly disturbing road through one family’s dysfunctional every day life. While I rebuke The Girl on the Train as a recommendation for fans of Gone Girl, I can say I feel sound in suggesting Emma in the Night instead. I would like to thank NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for a copy of this novel. I received it in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
AmberK1120 25 days ago
I loved that these characters were all so completely untrustworthy and full of themselves. The narrator, Cass, was phenomenally unreliable. Everything about this kept me on my toes until the end. Definitely worth your time.
Anonymous 28 days ago
This is one of those books I didn't know much about but wanted to read based on the good reviews I kept seeing. The premise seemed interesting but another one I wouldn't quite say was a thriller. So two sisters go missing one night and three years later only one returns. Emma is the older one and the preferred daughter of their mother. As much as one could be preferred when your mother is narcisstic. The mother is a piece of work! Actually, the whole family is. When Cass, the younger daughter, reappears secrets soon become evident. With the help of Dr. Winters, the two of them will solve what happened. Some of it was mysterious and I was really intrigued to know what happened to the sisters. The family themselves put me off. They were seriously f'd up. As a whole the story was ok but not something that will end up on my favorites list. **Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 2
Anonymous 30 days ago
This was a great read with lots of surprises around each corner. There were some details that were a little muddled and confusing at times, but careful rereading usually works them out.
4840318 3 months ago
Wendy Walker has done it again and is quickly becoming one of my "go to" authors. Emma in the Night is deliciously deceptive and I could not put this book down. Right from the very first page, I was drawn into Cass's story. The tale she weaves is dark, twisted and horrifying and I could not get enough. The blurb tells you everything you need to know and I highly suggest that you let Cass tell you the rest. Don't read too much about it, don't read any spoilers, just lose yourself in the masterful storytelling of this book. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a very fast pace. I highly recommend this book.
lifeasleels 3 months ago
I am a psychology major so I love psychological thrillers. It lets me get inside the head of others and use my knowledge to try and figure out who did what and why. I had my theories on what happened in the book, but then would find someone else to become suspicious of. I could not read this fast enough to find out what really happened. I literally fell asleep with the book in my hand reading because I did not want to put it down. I had to know what happened to Emma. I feel fairly confident that the actual ending hadn't ever crossed my mind while I was reading the book. This was one crazy, in depth, mental game and it was absolutely amazing. This is the first time I have read this author and if her other book(s) are anything like this one, I am definitely adding them to my to be read pile. This had to be one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long, long while!
Deb-Krenzer 3 months ago
I think this has to be one of the most dysfunctional families that I have ever read about in fiction. The mother suffers from a narcissistic condition that keeps her making sure that she is the best at everything there is. Her daughters must constantly tell her that she is the best mom. Her husband has to constantly tell her that she is the best wife and he has to insure that he does nothing to convey any other message. The penalties for not following the rules of the mother are very severe. You can be cut out of the mother's life very easily. A punishment that really messes with children, young and old alike. The mother in this book has started a war and the daughters are done with being soldiers on a battlefield. The results are very dangerous in this well written book. I do have to say that I did not finish the first book written by this author. I didn't realize that until I had finished this one, however. My main concern was that there was a lot of psychological chatter and diagnoses. Something I was not expecting in the first book. With this book I went into it just knowing that two sisters ran away and one reappeared after three years. I think I enjoyed this one a lot better because I had no preconceived notions and the "psych" jargon didn't really bother. Actually, it was very interesting. I read this book all in one sitting and will definitely take another look at Wendy Walker's first book as I didn't finish it the first time. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
jojosmodernlife 3 months ago
Cass and Emma Tanner are the famous sisters that mysteriously disappeared three years ago. Now, only Cass has returned. What happened to Emma? That's exactly what Dr. Abby Winter is going to find out. What she has discovered in the last three years since the girls vanished and her investigation begun is one thing: nothing is what it seems. Dr. Abby Winter knows firsthand how traumatizing it can be to have a childhood ruled by a narcissistic mother. That is what got her into this line of work in the first place. But can she keep her past from clouding her judgement in the present? I loved this book and found it masterfully created. Each chapter ended with a cliffhanger that made me as a reader want to read "just one more chapter" for several chapters. It was told in alternating perspectives between Cass and Abby (Dr. Winter) which I thought enhanced the story as it gave deeper perspective into both characters as well as gave different views on the supporting characters. To be more personal than I have been in any of my previous reviews, I cannot explain well enough to give it justice just how immensely tied to this book I was. I had to put it down some chapters because it related too well to my childhood with a narcissistic mother that too much of it in one sitting could be overwhelming. Fortunately, I were raised mostly by my (selfless, hilarious, and dedicated) father so I did not have the damages quite as bad as these girls, but the scars are still there. Time does not actually heal all wounds. Some scars will always remain, even if they are hidden just under the surface. There are variances with every family and experience with any personality disorder. Yet there were pages and pages that I kept highlighting and excitedly screaming out "YES! Exactly!". It was fascinating to see what I experienced play out in a fictional tale. The quote that I had to read over and over because it was accurate, relatable, and glaringly honest was: "Mrs. Martin had never been punished for anything she had ever done. She was a master illusionist. Even people trained to see, even people looking for exactly what was there to be seen, could still not see". I am immensely pleased that Wendy Walker had the courage and skill to take this topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder and create a story that is masterful regardless of if a reader has had an experience with it. There has only been one other book that I have read on this topic several years ago, Dr. Karyl McBride's Will I Ever Be Good Enough?. This book was nonfiction and absolutely changed my life because it put the facts of Narcissistic Mothers in my face and helped me learn how to cope and live my own life. If you are someone who has gone through an experience with someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, particularly with a Narcissistic mother, I highly recommend both Will I Ever Be Good Enough? and Emma in the Night. You should also know that you are not alone! I would also recommend this book for those readers who are fans of surprise twists as there are several. Furthermore, the ending is unexpected, twisted, and genius. For those who may be offended: there was foul language, sexually explicit scenarios, drug use, alcohol use, infidelity, incest, and child abuse. Please note: an electronic copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Fredreeca2001 3 months ago
This is twisted!! That's the only way I know how to describe this novel, COMPLETELY TWISTED! Emma and her sister,Cass, have disappeared. Three years later Cass returns home with a strange story about her and Emma's whereabouts. I really do not want to get into more of the story than that. I will give something away. And believe me….you do not want to know about it till you read it! A large amount of research went into this novel. I learned a great deal about narcissistic behavior and its effects on a family. The coping mechanisms of a family member to survive this disorder are incredible. I have no words to describe the creativity of Wendy Walker. She can come up with some psycho characters and tales which take a long time to get over. Her first novel, All is Not Forgotten, was a five star read for me. Just like this book….I did not want to give the story away. You must read these novels, especially if you love psychological thrillers. The story bogs down a little for me in the middle. This is the only reason I did not give a five star read. But the twist at the end……oh my my! "What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." – Walter Scott "I could feel the scream inside me. I had felt it that morning when I had to cover my mouth with a pillow so no one would hear." - Emma in the Night I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
Alfoster 3 months ago
I absolutely loved this thriller about two missing sisters, one of whom returns home after three years with a harrowing story of kidnapping and imprisonment for the two. But with a dysfunctional family at home including a narcissistic mother, stepfather, and stepbrother, nothing is easy getting to the truth as Cass weaves the story of her and her sister, Emma's abduction at the hands of a sociopathic couple. Told from alternating points of view, both present and past, we are slowly able to unravel the secrets and lies as the troubled psychologist and a special agent delve into the family's unusual dynamic to unearth the tenuous bond between sisters and family. Sacrifice, love, grief, and denial all play out in this fascinating look at a family in peril. A must-read if you love psychological thrillers!
mweinreich 3 months ago
Imagine being raised by a narcissistic mother and how your life would be one of living with a person whose abnormal behavior was characterized by feelings of self importance, admiration and a total lack of concern or understanding for the feelings of others? This was the case for the sisters Cass and Emma. Cass is fifteen while Emma is seventeen, young girls setting out on their own unable to stand the life at home with their mother. After years of living this life, the sisters leave and three years later Cass returns sans Emma. Cass tells a tale of intrigue, kidnapping, and betrayal as the sisters try to move forward, but is her story true? Enter into this story to puzzle out its veracity is the forensic psychologist Dr Abby Winter. She slowly unravels the mystery of Emma's whereabouts while Cass structures a tale of their lives since their disappearance that while convincing possess holes that Dr Winter is able to see eventually. This book was a fine psychological thriller in which the author clearly makes the reader aware of what life is like living with someone who is a narcissist. While Cass is a unreliable narrator, one can see the effect that her mother has had upon her and her sister. Where is Emma and why does Cass need to return to a mother such as hers provides the basis of this tale.
ShelfRider 4 months ago
Into the night suddenly disappear two teenage sisters, Emma and Cass, leaving an empty car on the beach and a single pair of shoes in the surf. Three years later, Cass alone returns to her parents’ home with a story of captivity on an unidentified seven-acre island, and a driving urgency to find her sister who has since given birth. In Emma in the Night, author Wendy Walker carefully weaves a psychological thriller that is even more carefully unwound in a way that reveals only bare hints of resolution until all is immediately exposed. As the narration switches between Cass’s first-person recounting and a third-person limited overlook of FBI Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Abby Winter, details of Cass and Emma’s home lives before their disappearance come into light. Their mother is revealed to be a pathological narcissist who has spent years competing with her daughters for attention, power, and validation, as her girls have grown in beauty. As the oldest daughter who has realized the threat that she is to her mother, Emma has the stronger love-hate relationship with their mother, and Cass takes refuge in Emma’s shadow as a “bird on the battlefield” with an unrealized, yet growing desire to see her mother defeated. Cass’s experience growing up with a narcissistic mother is reflected in Dr. Winter’s character, whose mother was also a narcissist. Having investigated Emma and Cass’s disappearances since the beginning, Dr. Winter brings a contrasted, systematic aspect to the novel’s premise of psychosis, while remaining approachable to the reader by her own emotional investment in the case. As Dr. Winter learns of Cass’s childhood, she remembers her own, and is ultimately able to discover Emma’s whereabouts by understanding the dynamic in Cass’s household. Throughout the novel, Cass is repeatedly put into situations requiring either swift decisions or well-thought-out planning, nothing in-between; Cass is forced to quickly become an adult, and learns that survival in her environment requires rigid observation, manipulation, and sacrifice. Wendy Walker presents the argument that people will believe what they want to believe, and paired with Walker’s working knowledge of the causes and effects of narcissism, Emma in the Night allows its audience to keep guessing at what the truth behind the girls’ disappearance and captivity might be.
SheTreadsSoftly 4 months ago
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is a highly recommended psychological thriller/mystery. On one night both of the Tanner sisters disappeared. At that time Emma was seventeen and Cass fifteen. Now three years have passed and Cass has returned home, without Emma, and she is sharing an incredible story of what happened and begging her family, the police, FBI, etc. to find Emma. She says that three years ago the two girls were picked up from a beach on Long Island Sound by a couple who wanted to help Emma, who was pregnant. They were both subsequently held on a mysterious island in Maine and the couple took Emma's child as their own. Cass escaped and now she wants them to find the island where she was held and find Emma. It's a bit more complicated than this because the two girls came from a dysfunctional family. Cass calls their mother, Judy, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Martin is a classic example of Narcissistic personality disorder. The FBI forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Abby Winter, knows about Narcissistic parents and identified Judy Martin as such three years ago when her girls were missing and she became a minor celebrity. She's back on the case with Special Agent Leo Strauss. It seems that Cass may be leaving things unsaid in her many interviews, trusting that Abby will be able to figure it all out, while making sure Mrs. Martin hears every word. Chapters alternate between the point of view of Cass or Abby. Cass relates privately, to the reader, the story of her family, specifically her mother, and how Mrs. Martin's narcissism has poisoned her relationships and her choices have resulted in unstable parental support and put her daughters in compromising situations. Dr. Abby Winter has her own struggles and understands Narcissistic personalities, she is determined to uncover the clues and hints that she believes Cass is so carefully revealing to her. The writing is good and Walker slowly reveals the girls background with their mother along with little clues about what may have happened. Cass's story is very compelling, especially because you know she is leaving something unsaid, that she has a plan, but you really don't have a clue what it could be. The character development is well done. Both Cass and Abby are complicated characters and Walker manages to capture this part of their personalities while exposing why they exhibit some of their traits. It all combines into a narrative that will hold your attention. There were drawbacks. Clues were slow to come in Cass's interviews and the ending wasn't quite worth the wait for me. Additionally, parts of the narrative became too repetitious. This is almost a partial study of Narcissistic personality disorder in all of the background stories of Judy's behavior - the abuse heaped upon the girls because of her personality disorder and the men she married. Second is the girls behavior and reactions to everything. We hear almost too much of their past - what they were putting up with, doing, and fighting about - along with Cass's interviews. Solid 3.5 rounded up. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press.
BookBridget 4 months ago
Emma in the night is my favorite book of summer 2017 so far! I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read over my 4h of July holiday. I hadn’t hear about the book at all but luckily I received an email from NetGalley that I had been selected to read this book early and then received a follow-up e/mail reminding me to download and read. This was my first Wendy Walker book but it will not be my last! I can’t believe that she has gone under my radar for so long! Two sisters disappeared without a trace one night three years ago. After all hope was gone to ever find them alive, Cass shows up on her Mother’s doorstep. Her story of them both being kidnapped and held on an unknown remote island seems far-fetched to her family and detectives. Is Cass telling the truth? Is Emma still alive? I won’t say more about the plot for fear of spoiling the surprises throughout the book, but if you enjoy twisty reads you will enjoy this book! Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this book!
PNWBookworm 4 months ago
I truly enjoyed reading this gripping thriller and delving in to the minds of the characters that Wendy created. I haven’t read much on narcissism and the psychological parts of this novel were fascinating. The addition of a psychologist to the cast of characters helped to explain the actions and behaviors of the other characters. The novel is full of so many twists and turns that I honestly had no idea where it was going until I got to the end. The character driven plot was well done. I connected with Cass and wanted to hear more of her story as she began to tell it. The family dysfunction was portrayed so well that is made me cringe to read about. I was both horrified and drawn into the story further. Ultimately, after a shocking twist, the book comes to a very satisfying ending. I haven’t read Wendy Walker’s first book, but I certainly will be now!
wvteddy 4 months ago
Emma and Cass Tanner were sisters who disappeared 3 years ago when they were 17 and 15. All clues indicate that Emma is dead but no one knows what happened to Cass. Now she is back saying that Emma is still on the island. Dr Abby Winters, a forensic psychologist with problems of her own, is working with the FBI again as she worked the disappearance 3 years ago. She has always felt that things as not as they appear with the family. As Cass reveals thing slowly, Abby realizes that Cass is leading them on a journey and the only way to find Emma is to go along for the ride. For me, that journey moved rather slowly at first and was a little hard to follow. To call Cass’s family dysfunctional would be a major understatement. None of the characters was particularly likeable. I felt as frustrated as Abby by the way the story was unfolding. As the story progressed I became more invested in finding out what happened to Emma. Everything ties together nicely in the end in rather surprising fashion. This book was more psychological than suspenseful and dealt with many issues including love, jealousy, secrets, lies, revenge and mental illness. It was an interesting read that just missed greatness for me. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Wendy Walker for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Momma_Becky 4 months ago
Emma in the Night wasn't at all what I expected and I wouldn't quite call it a thriller. When I read a thriller, I expect to be on the edge of my seat, dying to know what happens next. I was interested and the story was suspenseful, but the story was a bit slow and even dry at times. That said, it was oddly compelling and certainly disturbing. Considering their parents and upbringing, Emma and Cass were almost doomed to be at a little messed up. In a not exactly successfully blended family, the only person that I found to be remotely normal was the oldest brother, Witt. The story is not only twisted, but there are plenty of twists and turns as it progresses, which is something I look forward to in a psychological tale. I was left scratching my head at times with Cass' recounting of her time away as it seemed to become more and more convoluted. By the end, her motivations were made clear, but even now, as I ponder the story, I'm not exactly clear about the way she went about it all. The biggest drawback for me was the switch in point of view. Throughout the book, we hear from two people, Cass and Dr. Abigail Winter. Cass' chapters are all in first person, while Abby's are in third. My first thought was that it was done to help show Cass' frame of mind during the seven days following her return home, but Abby's chapters also reveal her own thoughts about Cass and the family during that time. The switches from chapter to chapter took some getting used to and in all honesty, I found it to be more of a distraction than anything beneficial to the story. Overall, Walker does have a unique writing style and the story had potential, but it just didn't quite live up to expectations. It's not a bad read, but turned out to be merely an okay one for me.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Emma In the Night is a captivating thriller that appeals to all who love a great psychological drama a la Paula Hawkins. I was lost to my wife after reading the first ten pages. Two sisters disappear, Emma and Cass. Three years later Cass reappears sans Emma. Cass begs and pleads for help to find her missing sister. This novel is more than a story about missing children. It deals with interpersonal and familial relationships, abuse, and fear. Throw in a little self-love to an unhealthy point and you have the ingredients for a compelling read.
toReadistoEscape 4 months ago
I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite genres to read is psychological thrillers. This book started as five stars for me. The story line pulls you in and keeps you guessing. Two things made it four stars for me. All the “talk” about psychology. Too much of the book was a psychological analysis and overview of what a narcissist is. The technical aspect of it was distracting for me. The last quarter of the book was weird, dark and unbelievable. Don’t get me wrong, the ending was good and fitting. There was just part of the story line that was taken too far for me. It almost seemed like the author threw in any twist they could for shock value. Overall, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to a friend. It was a fun and intriguing book to read.
Horsebranchjess 4 months ago
Emma in the Night is an edge of your seat thriller written in a style similar to Girl on the Train. Cass and Emma disappears for three years and then Cass returns home with a fantastical story. Dr. Winter fixates on Cass's mom narcissistic personality disorder and plays catch up as the whole story begins to unfold. Throughout the whole book, Cass draws you into her story but leaves you feeling that its not what really happened. The author weaves a story of smart lead characters following twists and turns to a surprising ending. I will be adding Wendy Walker to my must read authors. My voluntary review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
BookReferees 4 months ago
Emma In The Night tells the story of Cassandra and Emma Tanner who went missing three years ago. When Cass shows up at her mother’s house without Emma, it sends folks into a tailspin. One in particular who is Dr. Abigail Winter who was one of the FBI agents in charge of the investigation at the time of the initial disappearance and is now a forensic psychologist. Where Is Emma? Where have they been? And why did they leave are just a few of the many questions we need answers to and those answers make this a compelling read for me. I had to slow my reading down because I was so caught up in the story, and I didn’t want it to end. The book had some very unlikable characters like a step-brother for one and the mother. Author Wendy Walker presented them in a way that had me wanting to know more about them. I don’t know when I have read a story about a dysfunctional family that I WANTED to continue reading about as I did with this book. Ms. Walker writes an excellent page turner and does a great job of showing the feelings, emotions, and actions of all the characters that I highly recommend. I also look forward to more books by Wendy Walker.