Emma In the Night Book Review #WhatHappenedtoEmma

Title: Emma In the Night

Author: Wendy Walker

Genre: Suspense

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Format: Kindle/Hardcover

Pages: 320 pages

About the Book:

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.

AmazonMy Review:

Emma in the Night is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will leave you guessing up until the very end. It is, on its surface, a story of a story of love, betrayal, and life with a person with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

This story was a difficult read for me, because it brought back memories of lies and betrayal in my own life. One of the quotes that really hit home with me was this:

Not knowing, not seeing, being deceived – it makes you question everything you have come to trust. It makes you doubt your own judgment, and the truths you have come to believe in, which sometimes are so deeply embedded, you don’t even know they’re there, shaping your thoughts.

Possibly as a result of so much unease, I have walked around, sometimes for months, in a constant state of edginess.

People who have a scream are too sad or laugh too hard, swear too much, use drugs or never sit still. Sometimes they sing at the top of their lungs with the windows rolled down. I don’t think people are born with it. I think other people put it inside you with the things they do to you, and say to you, or the things you see them do or say to other people. And I don’t think you can get rid of it. If you don’t have a scream, you can’t understand.

For a long time I felt like:

Everyone I could ever trust, everyone you could ever trust, could betray you.

It took me a long time to realize that:

a) We all make mistakes, and not every mistake is a personal insult.

b) I can either sit on eggshells, waiting to feel betrayed again, or I can work on trusting again.

Anyway, enough about me. Whether or not you can identify with the dysfunctional family issues present in Emma In the Night, if you love suspense-filled dramatic stories, then this one is for you!

I give Emma in the Night five stars!!! A must read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All my opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Wendy Walker is an attorney and former investment banker. Her first thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller with movie rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Warner Brothers. The paperback will be out on July 18, 2017. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released on August 8, 2017. Wendy lives in Connecticut where she is busy raising her three sons and writing her next novel.

Five Signs It’s Time to Quit

Your stomach is always in knots.  You yell at your spouse or kids over the smallest things. On your lunch hour, you just want to take a nap. Maybe it’s time to rethink your situation.

Over the years I have had many of those “hit you over the head” moments. You know the one where you come to the stunning realization that NOW is the time? But there have also been times when I have sat and stewed for weeks or months, wondering if I was making the right decision.

I polled my friends on Facebook, and came up with these

Five Signs It’s Time to Quit (your job, relationship, or whatever)

You’re Crying/Dreading/Angry/Sick Every Day

If your job, relationship or living situation is affecting you negatively, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally, that’s a good sign it’s time to quit.

“I knew it was the right decision when I noticed I wasn’t angry all the time (anymore).”

“When it became evident it was affecting my health.”

“When I was secretly fantasizing about the other person dying a natural death.”

“When I developed an ulcer.”

Different Values or Directions

You’ve been there for years and there’s no room left for improvement or advancement. Or your values are way off each other.

“If the job didn’t fulfill me or my children couldn’t be a priority, then it wasn’t worth keeping.”

“Realizing that the direction you are heading is not the direction you want to be going and asking oneself is this what I want to settle for in the end.”

The Situation Goes From Bad to Worse

The last company I worked at went from a 10 person office to a 25 person factory/office in a matter of months. Growing pains aside, we also went from having some degree of autonomy to having our corporate bosses in Spain dictating and second-guessing every move we made. All the fun got sucked right out of the room. That’s when I knew it was time to leave.

You’ve Tried to Remedy the Situation

You can see the problem. You try to have a meeting, offer a suggestion or even fix your own “bad attitude”, but to no avail.

“I went to them and made specific recommendations on how to improve business. They did none of them.”

In my case, it seemed that any time one of us tried to improve/modernize a process, or explain why what works in Spain won’t necessarily work in the U.S., we were immediately shot down. “Because I said so” was heard regularly.

Your Gut Tells You It’s Time to Quit

Sometimes you just have a feeling, that “hit you over the head moment” or God breeze, or gut punch. Whatever, you call it, be sure to trust that “still, small voice.1

“For me, it is a feeling. I know when something is no longer right for me and scary or difficult as it may be, it is time to leap and hope the net appears.”

When I prayed about it and couldn’t get a settled feeling about staying. I knew that was the Holy Spirit telling me ‘It’s time to go.'”

The Next Step

If at all possible, try to have an exit plan (see How Changing My Life Helped Me Move Forward). Sometimes, just knowing you have a way out will make it easier to get through the last few months.

Whatever, you do, don’t wait too long. After all, you have the rest of your life ahead of you!

1 1 Kings 19:12