Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Posted 18 July, 2017 by Paige in Book Reviews / 24 Comments

I received the following book from The Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Emma in the Night by Wendy WalkerEmma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 8th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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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.

I think my absolute love of psychological thrillers is pretty self-evident on the blog, but just in case you’re new to my reviews it’s important for you to know that dark and twisty tales with whodunnits and why’d-they-do-its are pretty much my favorite kind of read. What exactly that says about me I’m not too sure, but it’s the truth, nonetheless. Unfortunately, it’s very rare for me to read a book that takes me almost all the way to the end before I’ve got it all figured out and Emma in the Night managed to do just that.

Wendy Walker has a real talent for drawing you into the heart of each character and slowly feeding you puzzle piece by puzzle piece as you attempt to figure out just what happened to Cass and Emma, and where they’ve both been in the years that they’ve been missing. What enthralled me most about the book was that no single character was truly innocent, no one person perfect. I often talk about books being realistic, but in few cases is it really, truly so as is the case with Emma in the Night. I could not quit reading. I could not quit digging further into these girls’ pasts and Cass’ present until the shocking conclusions started coming together. This is a book for all ages that like a thrilling read, but it’s also a book that will have you looking a little closer at your friends, your neighbors, and even your own family.

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24 Responses to “Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker”

    • Yay! Glad I could help. I’m already ready to reread it again now that I know the ending, just so I can watch it all piece together again.

  1. Jeanine

    This sounds like a really wonderful read. I need to find new books to add to my reading list so this would be great!

  2. Victoria Heckstall

    This sounds like a great book to read. Hope you enjoy both reading this book. I will try to read this book and I will share this story to my kids.

  3. Erin F

    Emma in the night sounds like an amazing read!! I will definitely be adding it to my wintertime “curl up with a good book and read” list!

  4. My daughter brought this home and I picked it up one day on my way to the pool. Turns out, it was a page turner. Lots of plots twists. Even though I identified many of the the “clues” far earlier than they were revealed by the book’s FBI agents and characters, many of the plot twists took me by total surprise. The final twist was jaw dropping. I couldn’t put this psychological thriller down! Great summer read. x

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