REVIEW: Emma In The Night - Wendy Walker

Emma In The Night - Wendy Walker
Published by St. Martin's Press on 8th August 2017.
My rating: 4/5
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Labelled a thriller, Emma In The Night crosses the YA boundary by depicting the disappearance of two girls and the return of one of them. As a combination of two of my favourite genres, I could tell from the first chapter that this book would be a winner. The story-line is embedded in my brain, making me wish I could write something just as good.

When Emma and Cass disappear, no one knows whether they were kidnapped, murdered or runaways. Three years later, Cass returns without her sister and tells a story of how they were held captive on an island. Psychologist Abby Winter doesn't think the story adds up but plays along to uncover the real truth.

Told from the perspectives of Cass and the psychologist on the case, Abby, there is a growing sense of tension that shifts between character to character. The cast of the book are the line-up and you as the reader have to point the finger at one of them with blame. 

Emma In The Night is a reading experience like nothing else as it's told in a reflective past tense. Rather than the pacey present/immediate past tone of many thrillers, it looks back on the traumatic incidents from three years ago like a chilling bedtime story. In the same way, it is not told from the "main" character, Emma's, perspective. Cass is the quiet, overshadowed younger sister who's voice is muffled by Emma's drama. As Cass unravels the truth about what happened in the build up to the girls' disappearance, it becomes clear that she really was an active presence that no one ever saw before.

The family dynamics are all over the place, but I mean that in a good way. With step-fathers, divorced parents, step-brothers and a strange mother leave room for all sorts of chaos and behind the family facade, there is a lot of room for darkness.

Written in a compelling way with a bold story-line, I highly recommend picking up Emma In The Night. It's one you won't forget about in a hurry.

Love, Jess

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Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the ARC.

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