Author: Wendy Walker
Pages: 305 (hardcover)
Publication Date: 8/8/17
From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…
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.
What I Liked:
It’s hard to talk about the things I loved about this book without revealing too much. But as always, this review is SPOILER FREE.
The Martin/Tanner family is revolting and enchanting at the same time. You can’t help but be pulled into their f**ked up dynamic to find out what they’re going to do and who they will manipulate next.
As a reader, you want to believe that each character is innocent. At the same time, you can see everyone’s guilt. Cass, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Martin, Hunter and even Witt all have motive.
The story comes from two point of views: Cass & Abby (Dr. Winter).
I LOVE books that offer more than one character’s POV. However, a lot of authors overdo this feature with too many (i.e. Into the Water). Characters certainly create depth in a story, but keeping track of all of their thoughts and who’s who can be overwhelming. This book did not fall into that category. Limiting the POVs to just Cass and Abby, a teenager and an adult, made this story an absolute page-turner.
Possibly the most interesting aspect of Emma in the Night is the presence of narcissism. Cass and Abby are both daughters of narcissistic mothers.
I have to admit, I wasn’t even aware that narcissism is a personality disorder. People refer to egotistical, arrogant men as narcissists and that was about the extent of my knowledge. It was hypnotic to read about Judy Martin and the way the disorder affected not only her, but everyone around her. Narcissism is extremely rare in women, which made this plot all the more interesting.
What I Didn’t Like:
First things first, I loved this book. However, it was slightly predictable and a bit slow. Regardless, the characters and endless unraveling of secrets keep you wanting to find out exactly what happened and why.
Emma in the Night was the perfect book to kick off my fall reading- just enough weirdness to make me want more!
My Next Read: The Cellar by Natasha Preston