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ARC: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

Emma In The Night

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

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.

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I received Emma In The Night through the website SheSpeaks. This is an honest review.

Let’s start with this, I finished reading Emma In The Night in less than two days. I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a book this year until this one. Emma In The Night is amazing. I went into the book with no expectations. I started the first chapter yesterday and I really found it hard to put down the book. The book was beautifully written and I was captivated.

Emma In The Night is a dark mystery that revolves around two sisters Emma and Cassandra Tanner. Both sisters disappeared three years ago and their case was deemed cold. One day, Cassandra Tanner returns and the search for her sister begins once again. Each chapter had me hooked, I am not going to lie. Cassandra did not reveal her story all at once. I had to keep reading in order to find out what happened in the three years the sisters disappeared. I wanted to know the motive of them disappearing. At first I thought they were kidnapped, and then I was starting to believe that they had ran away. The story became darker as Cass was revealing what really happened to her and Emma.

The whole time I believed Cassandra and her retelling her story of survival. After all she and her sister had been through, I had no doubt about the authenticity of her story. I honestly had no idea that I was going to be deceived by the protagonist. I did not expect an unreliable narrator!  I never saw it coming. There were so many twists and turns when it came to Emma In The Night. My favorite character was Cassandra. Despite being an unreliable narrator, she endured so much. She was emotionally detached coming back after three years and suffered a traumatic childhood. Cassandra wanted to live a normal life with her father and sister. Cassandra was aware of how toxic her mother was growing up. Cassandra knew she was the weaker sibling while Emma was the stronger one. I felt that Cassandra was the stronger sibling in the end. Emma was on the path of self destruction despite being mother’s favorite, while Cassandra did whatever it take to survive abuse and torture.

As for the reveal of this psychological thriller, I could not believe what happened that night the sisters disappeared. I was shocked. I loved that the book made me question what was real and what was not. I thought it was interesting how the book had two perspectives. One being Cassandra’s perspective and the other being Dr. Abby Winters who was part of the investigation team. I liked how both Cassandra and Abby had similar childhood experiences.

As for Abby Winters perspective, I thought it was an interesting choice. Abby Winters tried her best to solve the disappearance of Cassandra and Emma. Abby had to work hard in order to resolve the issue. She never gave up on the case because it hit close to home for her. She was responsible for putting the pieces together while Cassandra came back and told her story of her disappearance to the world. I enjoyed reading Abby’s perspective, she’s the protagonist that you can trust while reading the story.

I don’t want to spoil everything for anyone who wants to read Emma In The Night, but I will end with this: If you want to read a dark psychological thriller for this summer I’d recommend checking out Emma In The Night. The more you read, the darker the book becomes.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

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