Book Review: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

I was completely blown away with Wendy Walker's debut, All Is Not Forgotten, a couple of years ago, so I was very curious to discover her new story, Emma in the Night. Here are my thoughts on it:

Title: Emma in the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Published: February 8th 2018 by HQ Stories

Blurb: Two sisters go missing. Only one returns.

Getting people to believe you is easy.

If you tell them what they want to hear.

When my sister and I disappeared three years ago, they found Emma’s car at the beach. Some people believed she had gone there to find a party or meet a friend who never showed. They believed that she’d gone for a swim. They believed that she’d drowned. Maybe by accident. Maybe a suicide.

Everyone believed Emma was dead.

As for me, well – now I’m back to tell our story.

You’ll have to see if you believe it.

Review: If I learned anything from Wendy Walker's debut novel, All Is Not Forgotten, it was not to trust the narrator, so when I first started reading about Emma's story, told by her younger sister Cass, I was doubting everything she was saying and trying to find holes in her narrative. 

I was not the only one doing that though. FBI Forensic Psychologist Dr Abigail Winter, who was assigned to the case when the sisters first disappeared, was also keeping a very close eye on Cass and her story. Some of the chapters were actually told from her point of view, so I found it really interesting to read how a professional psychologist was following the young girl's story. 

But this story was not only about Cass and Emma's disappearance. It delved into the girls' past and their family, especially into their mother. We soon discovered that she was not the loving mother she wanted people to believe but a narcissist. I found the information about this disorder really interesting, and the descriptions of how it affected the family dynamics were shockingly detailed. 

Although this story didn't hold my attention as mush as I would have liked, as I found the pace to be a bit too slow and not that surprising at times, it did deliver a very interesting and shocking story that made me want to continue reading until I unravelled it all. 

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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  1. Great review! A shame you didn't enjoy it as much as the debut though.