Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday Thrillers: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Title: Emma in the Night 
Author: Wendy Walker 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
Published: August 8th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: 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. 

This is my second book by Wendy Walker; and for the second time, she has kept me glued to a story from first page to last. Emma in the Night is incredibly riveting. I love an unreliable narrator, and I believe someone in this story is as unreliable as they come. Three years ago, both Emma and her younger sister Cass disappeared in the night. Then one day, Cass comes back – and she has quite the story to tell about what happened to her and her older sister. Kidnapped and held at an isolated island are the bones of the story that Cass shares. But Dr. Abby Winter is having a hard time with some of the details… and with the storyteller… and with her family. Abby is a forensic psychiatrist and also an expert in the study of narcissism and how it affects a family. There’s more to the story that’s being told, but how far will Abby have to go to find the truth… and what will she do with it when she has it? 

I trusted no one going into this fascinating story; and while I’d love to say I figured out everything before the reveal, I’ll come completely clean and admit that I had three different theories and that one of them was halfway right. So, that not only made the reveal thrilling and entertaining to reach, but it makes this book a complete win for me. The characters are captivating but not all of them likable, which is something I delight in in a thriller. I very much enjoy the author’s writing and the way she builds a story. I wanted her to both hurry and slow down at the same time. I wanted the end of the book but didn’t want it to end. It’s those conflicting emotions that make this a great book and make me eager to read what Ms. Walker writes next! 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released August 8, 2017.

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded  the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure.  She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

Wendy is currently writing her third thriller while managing a busy household.

You can find Wendy online here: 

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  1. I am curious about this one. I want to read this one. I like that you didn't figure it out.

    1. I hope you do -- I think you'll enjoy it :)

  2. I have this on my audio wishlist Michele. I am glad you enjoyed it and that it kept you guessing!

    1. Yay! I can't wait for your thoughts!

  3. I was recently recommended this book and I am super excited about it :D glad to hear you loved it so much

    1. That's awesome, Lily! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

  4. This sounds phenom - I LOVE your wording in this review (super clever and flows with the mood of the story!) <3

  5. Love this title! Unreliable narrators are awesome and I love that this one surprised you because you are the smartest person in the world so surprising you is hard! Great review!


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