Published by St. Martin's Press on August 8th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological
"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." –Booklist, Starred Review
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.
Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.
Two sisters, Emma and Cass, go missing one night without a trace. There is literally no evidence of what could have possibly happened to Cass and the only thing found of Emma’s is her car and a pair of flip flops at the beach. Three years go by without any answers and the case has gone cold when suddenly Cass shows up on her mother’s doorstep. Thus begins a tale of the events leading up to that night and what Cass says happened during the three years she was gone. Dr. Winter, the forensic psychologist, working the case knows something isn’t right with Cass’s story but she can’t tell exactly what it is. When all the pieces finally come together, will they be able to find Emma?
Emma in the Night is the first book I have read by Wendy Walker. I really enjoyed the writing style and narration of the book. It is told from the POV of both Cass and Dr. Winter and is told through stories of what happened more so than flashbacks so we don’t really get to experience the emotions as they happen. There is a lot of detail about narcissistic personality disorder and the relationships of a narcissist to their family. Overall, I really enjoyed it even though it was slow in places. I look forward to reading more from this author.