Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker


“Sorry happens after something bad has happened, after people have let it happen. It had become contemptuous to me, all these I’m-so-sorries.”




No October would be complete without at least one thriller to get the blood pumping. I was drawn to the cover of Emma in the Night, so despite not knowing much about the book, I thought that I would give it a shot.

Emma and Cass are sisters with a complicated home life, that only they know about. Despite Cass’s attempts to get outsiders to see that something isn’t right, no one seems to see just how bad it is. It looks like this will continue in this vein until eventually one night both Emma and Cass disappear. The novel follows the perspective of Cass when she returns three years later as well as one of the forensic psychologists, Abigail Winters, investigating the case.

Cass returns with only one goal: find her sister Emma. However, as her story is told, there seems to be some inconsistencies. Where was Cass and where is Emma? And what actually happened the night they disappeared?

Meanwhile, Abigail Winters finds that the case hits a bit too close to home. Abigail may be the one to finally see what is happening in the house and the twisted relationships between the family.

Parts of the book were pretty good and there were some decent twists. However, I had basically zero connection to Emma, so the urgency in locating her didn’t really happen. So I wanted to know what happened, but I didn’t really care too much, which effected my rating. I’d recommend borrowing it for a read, but it doesn’t really have a lot of value in a re-read.


OK, so apparently no one will believe that the mother suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, because it’s *so rare*. But I mean, my Psych 101 class covered it, and it’s in all my textbooks, so that didn’t make a ton of sense. Also, if the excuse is that Abigail was too close to the case because of her mother, couldn’t they just get another psychologist to do an evaluation? It just strained credibility so much, I had trouble taking Abigail seriously.

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