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!