Sunday, August 27, 2017

Book Review: Emma In The Night

Emma in the NightAuthor: Wendy Walker
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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.

“Sorry happens after something bad has happened, after people have let it happen. It had become contemptuous to me, all these I’m-so-sorries.”

"The truth can evade us, hiding behind out blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see." 

 "Some people needed to believe I was dead because it was too hard to wonder." 

"Not knowing, not seeing, being deceived—it makes you question everything you have come to trust. It makes you doubt your own judgment, and the truths you have come to believe in, which sometimes are so deeply embedded, you don't even know they're there, shaping your thoughts."
This story was far more than I bargained for – but it an absolutely good way! The story starts with the return of Cass, one of the two Tanner sisters that disappeared three years prior to the opening of the book. The story is told from the perspectives of Cass and her psychologist, Dr. Abigail Winter. I found Dr. Winter’s perspective the most fascinating because at times I thought Cass seemed to be unreliable. Dr. Winter was very intriguing because she suffered an upbringing very similar to Cass and her relationship with her mother and her sister, Emma. The entire book focuses around Dr. Winter and the police investigator assigned the case trying to locate Emma and find out what exactly happened these two sisters disappeared. Right from the beginning, I knew that Cass was hiding something and only a little was being unveiled at a time. The pace of the book seemed to go a little slow at times, but the whole book on encompasses about 6 days after Cass returns. A lot happens in those 6 days.

What I loved about this book was that there were a lot of characters involved in the Tanner sister’s lives that could have possibly played a part in their disappearance and it was up to readers to help decipher who wanted the girls out of the way or out of their lives. Their mother was a completely despicable character and I wanted to repeatedly slap her – she did not act bothered, concerned, or even emotionally torn over the disappearance of her daughters. Many characters in the story were questionable and came with shady motives, which is a huge reason why I enjoyed reading. I had my suspicions all the way through but kept being pleasantly surprised with every twist and turn.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review***

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