Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quick Pick book review: Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker

Book Review: Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker
  • Opening lines: We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there's no difference between wanting and needing. I don't know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see.

    When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, there was nothing but blindness.
  • Reason I picked up the book: SheSpeaks gave me a free e-copy of the book, and the synopsis sounded interesting.
  • And what's this book about?
  • 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.
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes psychological mysteries, or stories about dysfunctional families. 
  • Favorite paragraph: I stood frozen in the woods, filled with terror that I would fail. And there was so much as stake. They had to believe my story. They had to find Emma. And to find Emma, they had to look for her. It was all on me, finding my sister.

    They had to believe me that Emma was still alive. 
  • Something to know: I really, really enjoyed this book - I read it over the course of two 1.5 hour plane rides this past week. There is a twist that the end that I kinda/sorta saw coming, but the details of it were very well-thought out. 
  • What I would have changed: Nothing that I can think of.
  • Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
  • Where can I find this book? Click here to order on Amazon.


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