Monday, September 28, 2020

REVIEW: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


Emma in the Night looked interesting so I thought I'd give it a shot, especially because we tend to stay in Romancelandia for most of our reviews. This novel was what I call a palette cleanser-- it's job is to take me out of the romance genre for a few days so that when I go back in I've missed it and I'm ready for more. I think Emma in the Night did that for me. It was an interesting read--full of psychology and psychology jargon, the dynamics of a really fucked up family, and some really astute observations about how people manipulate and use and or succumb to the machinations of others. As much as this was fiction, it felt equally real. It was that realism that drew me in and repelled me. I liked how observant this writer is and yet I found myself so overwhelmed by the truths she offered through her characters that it almost felt like it was too much. The redemptive qualities of the characters and plot were few and far between. The idea of hope? Just a glimmer on the page.

While I wasn't blindside by the ending, I did find myself curious as to how our characters would get to the conclusion I'd figured out --and it was that journey that kept me interested and reading.


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.

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