Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


I received an ARC from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. My opinions in this review were not influenced by this.

So this is the first ‘just ok’ review I’ve written in this space and it’s hard for me to write because I love this genre of fiction: psychological thriller, suspense, missing persons.

This book is about two sisters: Cass and Emma, who disappear one summer at the age of 15 and 17. This book gets into the dysfunctional underpinnings of their blended family: especially their mother Mrs. Martin, who is presumed to have Narcissistic personality disorder and often pits the sisters against each other in order to have the girls striving for her affections.

Cass returns home 3 years later with stories to tell about the circumstances of their lost years.

The book is told from the perspective of a forensic psychologist from the FBI, investigating the disappearances and from Cass.

As you can imagine, things are not as they seem and the writer does a good job of surprising us. However, for me, a lot of this book dragged. Most of the characters were unlikable. I found myself more drawn to Dr. Winter’s perspective and found get voice more likable. Some parts were confusing because it wasn’t clear if the perspective was from the present day or the past.

Thank you, Wendy Walker, St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the privilege of reading an ARC in exchange for my review.

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