Emma in the Night by: Wendy Walker
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.
While the Cass tells her story of finding a way back home, psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter who is investigating the cage, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated, siblings were turned against one another and a narcissistic parent held sway. It doesn’t end there as Cass return might just be the beginning of the crime that has been hiding deep within the walls of Cass’ home and heart.
The start of this book I find myself asking way, wayyyy to many questions and not getting enough answers, as I try to take the role of Dr.Winters and attempt to figure out how in the world Cass has made it home but Emma is still out there somewhere on an island in Main but not sure where. I find Cass is someone who sets me on edge by the way she is emotionless almost robotic in the way she thinks and talks her voice in my head in a softly shy voice but beneath it is a darkness that has no life held inside. She tells the story in such a way that takes you back far into the past but it always shines like on the future of how the recent years have come to play a part in both her and Emma’s disappearance, Cass even goes so far as to say that without telling these pieces of the past the future would not have become what it is and with out the future the past would not make sense to us.
We get to read from both sides of the story not from Emma’s who I was dying to get inside the mind of because that is one crazy messed up sister, but from Dr.Winters who I think helps round out all of my own questions because she thinks about most of them herself. The role Dr.Winters plays is a key role in this book so far I feel like without her I might not fully understand the way Cass acts about certain topics that come up throughout the book.
The cahracter’s are some a can certainly give a few opinionated words about like the mother and step father are from the scum of the earth, little Emma I am pretty sure is bipolar, and Owen Tanner (Real Father) needs to learn the meaning of being a man and a real father! I feel like if a book can make you feel anything for a character at all then it is doing its job.
The plot so far is one that is kinda crazy to keep up with in a way now it is pretty straight forward but you will take a trip form the past to the future and then to a different person within two chapters but the ride is enjoyable thus far, and I don’t really find anything right now to be unacceptable or just boring as I read.
The ending to this book I think is a pretty perfect one except for the outcome of one person but other than that I think it was just grand. It gave me a few moments when I wanted to cry and there where moments when I held my breath as I flew through the pages.
The characters are some of the most dysfunctional people I have ever heard of in my entire life, Between the cheating on each other with pretty much every family member is kinda crazy but enjoyable watching the events unfold and when the ones who were hiding the secrets in the closet get the door thrown open is the best part of it all.
The plot of this book stays with you through to the end all the stories Cass is telling us and even the story she is living while we hunt for Emma is all dropping Easter eggs on the way to that final page when we find out the truth of what happened on that Island and the days that came before and after it.
I had fallen in love with playing some suspenseful music while reading this book to be honest nothing too loud and annoying but a slow steady suspense will make you fly through the pages in this book.
I can tell you that this book is worth the read for any of you mystery and crime-o-holic book readers!