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Monday, August 14, 2017

REVIEW: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker @stmartinspress @wendy_walker

Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker
St. Martin's Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Two sisters disappear and three years later, only one returns.  The story she tells of an island they were living on and the people who took them ring a little false to Abby, the forensic psychiatrist on the case.  What really happened during those three years on the island?  And how did it get to this point?

Told mainly between the younger sister, Cass, who returns home and Abby, the psychiatrist who has been on the case since the girls went missing.  I was more fascinated by Abby's point of view and analysis of the situation than I was of Cass.  To be honest, I somehow had most of it figured out before it came to fruition within the book itself.  It moved a little slow for my usual taste and I found myself easily distracted.  What is absolutely beautiful about this book is the writing.  The author does a great job of keeping the somber mood and really building the relationships between the characters.  If you like a bit of a slow burn psychological thriller with a Mommy Dearest vibe, then you will absolutely fall in love with this book.  For those looking for a faster paced, twisty vibe, this may not be quite what you're looking for.

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