Review – Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

ABOUT THE BOOK

51TATIUng-LTwo sisters go missing.  Only one returns.  We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.

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 – it was not as simple as that.

WHAT I THOUGHT

This tale begins with two girls that are missing, both presumed dead.  No bodies were ever found, so what really happened to Emma and Cass?!  They disappeared three years ago and many presumptions were made, but nothing ever set in stone.  This unusual thriller is one that really messed with my head, but trust me when I say that I enjoyed every second of it.

Emma and Cass are sisters and they both had a very unusual relationship with their mother.  They would have to constantly tell her that she is an amazing mum, that they love her and that she is incredibly beautiful.  It seems to me that this woman, their mother, has some very deep psychological problems.  For her own children to need to reassure her all the time seems very strange to me.  Could this unusual behaviour be the route to the girls disappearance?!  So many questions arose from the details of this story and Wendy Walker handles the topic of behavioural and personality disorders in a disturbing yet insightful way.

Dr Abby Winter of the FBI who is involved in the case, has been woken up by a telephone call.  Apparently Cass has returned after three years missing and she is ready to tell the tale of what actually happened to them.  Many people speculated that it was some sort of suicide pact between the girls.  Others claimed that the girls were seen arguing on the night of the disappearance, so perhaps they both hurt each other?!  I was absolutely mesmerised to find out what actually happened and if my original thoughts and feelings were correct.

Some of the stories Cass comes out with on where the girls went are horrifying but very realistic.  A bit too realistic perhaps… is she telling the truth?!  You can certainly see that Wendy Walker has worked hard on the path this book takes and I am incredibly impressed with her imagination.  I will definitely be checking out her other books when I get a chance!

I enjoyed the way each chapter is told from a couple of perspectives so that you can see the different angles of the story.  It is an exciting way of keeping hold of our attention so that we don’t get bored.  Authors need readers to want to devour their books in one sitting which is what I feel Wendy has achieved.

A hidden theme I loved in the book is definitely one of ‘hope’.  Even though Emma in the Night didn’t end how I wanted it to (purely for selfish reasons!), it definitely finished in the right way.  It shows that if you persevere the good will always outweigh the bad and evil will show itself.  That is definitely what Cass achieved and she got the justice she needed.  That may sound like gobbledegook to you but if you read it (it is out from today by the way guys!) then you will definitely understand where I am coming from.

A huge thank you to HQ Stories and Netgalley for providing me with an early e-copy for review.  I enjoyed it a lot!

My final word: Dysfunctional.

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