Rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker is the story of Cassandra (Cass) and her older sister, Emma, who disappear without a trace one night at the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Three years later Cass shows up on the doorstep of the family home without Emma, and with a story to tell. Cass is desperate to find Emma, and gives a harrowing account of the last three years. To assist in the search, Cass carefully provides every detail she can remember to FBI forensic psychiatrist, Abby Winter, who was assigned to their case when they first disappeared three years ago.
Abby has had a tough time moving beyond the case of the girls’ disappearance in the interim years, especially with her lingering questions about Cass and Emma’s home life and their relationship with their mother. Abby is especially triggered by how their mother reminds her of her own.
The book is told from the alternating perspectives of Cass and Abby, each trying to unravel the mystery of how to find Emma and what really happened that night.
I had a hard time putting this book down! The story is propulsive and just sucks you in. I really loved the way the author intertwined family dynamics and personality disorders. As a former therapist who has treated difficult and disturbed teenagers and parents, I found the relationships and requisite mind fucking inherent in these disorders gripping and accurate. It added another dimension that grounded it in reality.
Wendy Walker’s writing is great and her plotting is tight. I knew going in that there was an unreliable narrator, but I really wasn’t sure who that was while I was reading. I struggled with who to believe and what was real, and I enjoyed that. This kind of story can be hard to conclude in a satisfying way, but the reveal here worked.
I highly recommend this book. What a ride! Emma In The Night is being released today, August 8, 2017.