"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." –Booklist, Starred Review
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.
Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Three years after sisters Emma and Cass Tanner went missing, Cass reappears at home one morning. Her beautiful, lively, and narcissistic mother doubts the improbable tale that Cass tells—about escaping from an island and leaving Emma behind. Every page of Wendy Walker’s chilling thriller brings new clues as to where Emma might be and fresh confusion about what really happened. Walker’s prose is flawless, alternating between the singular voices of the unreliable Cass and the tenacious FBI psychologist who finds every character suspect and devious. Emma in the Night had us hanging on every word.
At the start of this searing psychological thriller from Walker (All Is Not Forgotten), Cass Tanner returns home alone three years after she vanished at age 15 from a beach on Long Island Sound, along with her then 17-year-old sister, Emma. Cass tells a detailed story about being held captive on an island in Maine, but she's oddly short on specifics that would help locate the site. FBI forensic psychologist Abigail Winter, one of the original investigators, gets back on the case. Abby believes that the girls' disappearance is related to emotional turmoil within the family. Cass and Emma fought bitterly, egged on by their divorced mother, Judy Martin, who thrived as a minor celebrity after her daughters went missing. Cass believes that the only one who really "sees" the family's problems is Abby, whose own mother was much like Judy. Walker's portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale. 125,000-copy first printing. Author tour.
Best book I've read all year
Kept me hooked from start to finish
Could not stop reading!