Title: Emma in the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Publish Date: August 8, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
# of Pages: 320
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(From Goodreads) 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.
I listened to Emma in the Night over the course of 8 days. I had a 4-day weekend where we had family in town, so I didn’t listen to the audiobook during those days.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 2
Plot Development – 2
Ending – 3
Characters – 2
Enjoyability – 2
Ease of Reading – 2
Voice Acting – 3
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐
Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is a psychological thriller about two girls who go missing and a forensic psychiatrist who is tasked with unraveling the mystery behind their disappearances.
While the concept of this book is really neat, I didn’t really care for it, unfortunately. I thought most of book was tediously slow and boring. The book is told from the perspectives of Cass and Dr. Abby Winter, and while I liked the different perspectives, the story wasn’t engaging enough to hook me or keep me interested.
The plot development was sluggish and what should have exciting and thrilling just wasn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to have much of a response as the events unfolded. So much of the book was Cass telling the reader what happened, instead of in-the-moment action. I think this is why I had a hard time staying engaged in the story.
The ending was interesting and definitely the highlight of the book. The plot twists, while not completely surprising, made for an intriguing ending. I like how Cass’ story unfolded at the end, and I enjoyed learning the psychology behind what Cass was experiencing as told by Abby.
The characters in story were flat. I didn’t feel as though I got to really know any of them—Dr. Abby Winter, especially. Even though part of the story is told from Abby’s perspective, you never really learn much about her as a character. She may as well have been a narrator. Cass and Emma were just kind of “meh”, and the mother, who should have been an explosive and fascinating character, was very dull. Overall the characters were a disappointment.
The audiobook’s narrator was good, and I enjoyed listening to her. She had a pleasant voice and did a great job differentiating between the two different perspectives.
As a fan of thrillers, I found this book dissatisfying. I’m glad I checked this book out from my library instead of buying it, which is what I was planning on doing originally.
Have you read Emma in the Night? Did you like it?
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