Title: Emma In the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 8, 2017
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.
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.