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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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Melissa
If you could see the look of disillusionment coloring my face right now—or were made privy to the number of times I rolled my eyes through this convoluted storyline or huffed in pure exasperation as I succumbed to page after page of pure messiness—you might have some idea that this book wasn’t a great fit for me. But you can’t and you weren't, so I guess I’ll just have to lay it all out with my thoughts instead. Yes, that’s right, once again, I’ve fallen victim to another overly-hyped ‘psycholog ...more
Deanna
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the second book by Wendy Walker that I have read. I read ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN last year and loved it. I was really excited when I heard about EMMA IN THE NIGHT, but a part of me was worried that I wouldn't like it.

"The truth can evade us, hiding behind out blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see"
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: St. Martin's Press
Trying something a little different here guys. Sam and I wrote sort of a joint review; think book club discussion style. We chose questions for us each to answer that we felt covered what you need to know about the book going in, as well as our feelings toward the characters, plot, and author's previous books. I'm just going to post the link to my blog post as the formatting is very specific and won't translate well over to Goodreads. Don't worry; this isn't click bait intended to guide you away ...more
Larry H
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've remarked in previous reviews that much like they say in spy movies, my philosophy when reading thrillers is simple: trust no one . Any character that appears I immediately view as a possible suspect.

Of course, while that thought process makes it a little more difficult when reading, it helps me avoid being irritated when the resolution of a book includes a character who came totally out of the blue. Where Wendy Walker's crazy, twisty, yet surprisingly weighty new book, Emma in the Night ,
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Kaceey
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I recently read Wendy Walker's previous book All Is Not Forgotten and loved it! When I saw she had a new release I was all in for another great read! Sadly, in my opinion, this one did not match the brilliance of the first.

Cass and Emma grew up in a blended family. After their parents divorced, Emma chose to stay with their mother, her new husband and son. Little sister Cass reluctantly tagged along. Their mother, always totally unpredictable with her affections, took great joy playing cruel gam
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Norma
This was one of the hardest reviews for me to write.....I wish I would have loved this one more!

My absolute favorite genre or type of book to read is a psychological suspense/thriller novel as I am totally fascinated in the way that some people think, feel, or behave.  I also like to challenge myself to see if I can figure out the why and who.  EMMA IN THE NIGHT was an intriguing look at Narcissist Personality Disorder and how a family is ultimately affected by it.
 
Why I wanted to read this one
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Meredith
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Since GR seems to be fully functional (fingers crossed), I have finally posted my review!

Emma in the Night is a chilling psychological thriller about the stories people create in order to survive.

Sisters Emma and Cass had to endure their mother’s narcissistic personality throughout their childhood. As they begin to grow up, they come to recognize their mother’s dangerous nature. Older sister Emma shines; she is the one that everyone sees and wants a piece of. She is her mother’s greatest compet
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Cheri
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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”We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.”

”Emma in the Night” begins with these words, words that reach gently in and pull you into this story, never really letting go, delaying the inevitable until the final pages.

Last year I read Wendy Walker’s ”All is Not Forgotten,” which I also enjoyed up until the very end. Mysteries, Thrillers, Psychological Suspense are not my typical genre, but every once in a while, I can enjoy the ones which are ligh
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Lindsay
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. This was a mysteriously suspenseful novel with an intriguing storyline and excellent narration.

After reading and LOVING Wendy Walker’s previous novel, All Is Not Forgotten, I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of her latest book. Once again, Walker does a fantastic job with narration! (The way AINF was narrated was brilliant and one of my favourite aspects of the book!) This story is told from multiple perspectives, focusing mainly on 18-year-old Cass who returns home after di
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Diane S ☔
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a difficult review for me to write, simply because I don't know if I can explain exactly how I felt about this book. So here goes. I applaud this author for trying different things, her first book and this one were a little different, covering physchological issues in an original way. In this one she tackles narcissistic personality disorder, and the mainstream effects on the family, but she turns it into an unsolved mystery.

I know someone who grew up with such a mother, saw the games p
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Susanne Strong
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars* (rounded up).
Crazy, Hypnotic & Downright Staggering.

"Emma in the Night" captures your attention from the first sentence. We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. From that moment on, I couldn’t tear my eyes away.

Emma and Cass Tanner are sisters. Emma is 17, Cass, 15. One night they both disappear. No trace of them is found. Three years later however, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Cass’ story is far-fetched and is one her mother is unwillin
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Carol
4+ CRAZY STARS!

The Tanner sisters have been gone three years now....and no one knows why the teens left or where they are, but I think you'll understand a bit of the WHY after you meet their CRAZY mixed-up family....especially Mother...and her moods.

Cassandra....who shockingly turns up out of the blue is emphatic.....they must find Emma!!!....so FBI Special Agent Leo Strauss and Forensic Psychologist Dr. Abigail Winter are immediately called back in to work the case....to interview Cass....and t

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Linda
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Surprise!

I must confess I only wanted to read "Emma In The Night," because a friend who majored in psychology had read it and thought the author did an impressive job of researching narcissistic personality disorder, which I've always wanted to have a more thorough knowledge of. Call me lucky, because another friend happened to win an advanced reader's copy and offered to lend it to me.

Since joining Goodreads, the psychological thriller and suspense genres have become two of my favorites, and I
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
Emma and Cass have a strange relationship with their mother. For starters, they are required to call her Mrs. Martin, not mom. WHY? That will get your suspicious mind working overtime!

Mrs. Martin is a narcissistic, self-involved mother and she’s not the only weirdo in this dysfunctional family. The two sisters have an overprotective half-brother, a weepy-wimpy father, an out-of-control stepbrother and a stepfather that likes to cross personal boundaries within the family. WHEW! I’d run the hell
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karen
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
this is a psychological suspense novel about two sisters; fifteen-year-old cass and seventeen-year-old emma martin, who vanish one night from their affluent connecticut neighborhood. three years later, cass returns, ringing the doorbell of her old home, whereupon she is surrounded by family, police, doctors, the media, and dr. winter, the forensic psychologist who has been obsessed with their case since the girls disappeared, all wanting to know what happened that night and where emma is.

in a re
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Taryn
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there’s no difference between wanting and needing. I don’t know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. 


Three years ago, high-school senior Emma Tanner and her 15-year-old sister Cassandra went missing. Investigators had little evidence to go on; all they k
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Esil
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What to say? What to say? I can see glaring flaws in Emma in the Night, but still it had me riveted. So 4 stars for readability, but I do understand lower ratings and negative reactions to this book. To my surprise, given the topic, I really liked Wendy Walker's previous book, All Is Not Forgotten, so I was happy to give her newest book a try. She knows how to put a complicated story together. She knows not to dumb down to her readers. After having disappeared for three years, 18 year old Cass c ...more
Kristin (KC)
May 18, 2017 is currently reading it
Loved this author's last book!
*Arc kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sarah Joint
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not yet another "missing girl" story. This is a tale about a twisted family with a startling conclusion, a well-written story that'll have you questioning everything.

Two sisters have been missing for three years. Were they abducted? Did they drown on the beach where the car belonging to the older sister was found? Did they simply run away? No one knows... until the younger sister, Cass, fifteen when she vanished, reappears on her mother's porch as if she'd never been gone at all. Alone
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Ashley
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 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 ...more
Carolyn
Three years after she and her sister, 17 y old Emma, disappeared, Cass Tanner turns up on her mother's doorstep. The FBI had concluded that Emma had committed suicide and Cass, then aged 15, had run away but Cass has a very different tale to tell, one of abduction and enforced imprisonment. All she wants now is for the FBI to find Emma. She can describe perfectly the place they were held and the people who took them. But the FBI psychologist, Abby Winter, assigned to the case from the start has ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
This book captivated me from beginning to end!

Three years ago Emma (17) and her sister Cass (15) disappeared without a trace and left behind many unanswered questions: Did they drown? Are they alive?  Have they been kidnapped? Questions nobody has the answer to until one day Cass returns and what happened is unraveled piece by piece.

This is a fascinating psychological thriller. It is told from the alternating points of view of Cass, the girl that reappeared; and from the FBI psychologist Dr. Abb
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Extract: 'Abby had not forgotten the Tanner sisters. Not for one minute of one day. The facts of the investigation had lain dormant in the shadowed corners of her mind. But that was not the same as forgetting. They were with her, even after a year of being off the case. They were in her bones. In her flesh. She breathed them in and out with every breath. The missing girls. And the theory of the case that no one else would believe. '

THE BLURB: 'From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten
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Holly  B
Emma has vanished and hasn't been seen for 3 years.

I was really enjoying the beginning of the book and was interested in the premise (a kidnapping, a mystical abandoned island, secrets ), but then at about 50% the story seemed to repeat itself and the conversations were too in depth to keep my interest up!

It was like reading about an episode on Dr. Phil and then I was just bored. I just wanted the book to be more interesting!

In the end, we learn about Emma and find out about the motives for t
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Jill Croce-McGill
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twisted! Crazy! Intense!

"We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe."

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is a compelling psychological thriller that hooked me in right from the start - I couldn't put it down!

Three years ago Emma and Cass Tanner, both teenagers, disappeared without a trace one night. Three years later, Cass returns home, without her sister Emma. Where is Emma? Why hasn't she returned home with Cass?

Cass tells a gripping story of kidnapping and deception
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PattyMacDotComma
3★
“A war had begun in our home, and it would not end until the night we disappeared. Hunter had not wanted to defeat Emma, because defeat meant the war was over. And Hunter never wanted anything with Emma to be over.”

Emma and Cass are sisters who disappeared suddenly at the ages of 17 and 15. Three years later, Cass has returned and tells us her story. Other voices chime in, but mostly it’s Cass or Abby, an FBI forensic psychologist who’s been investigating the disappearance and is still looking
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

Oh Wendy Walker . . . . . .



Boy oh boy did a certain pig head go into this with seriously high expectations after reading All Is Not Forgotten. It’s a bummer this one didn’t work so well.

Per usual, since this is a mystery/thriller not a lot can be said without potentially ruining someone else’s good time. The basics are three years ago Emma and her sister Cass disappeared in the night. Emma’s abandoned car, purse and keys were found at
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BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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"A story is more than the recounting of events. The events are the sketch, the outline, but it is the colors and the landscape and the medium and the artist’s hand that make it what it is in the end."

From the first few paragraphs, 'Emma in the night' had my curiosity peaked and my suspicions growing as to what really happened when two teenage sisters, Emma and Cass, disappeared and only Cass returns after being missing for three years. The reader as well as Dr Winter ( the forensic psychiatrist
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Carrie
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Three years prior Cass and her older sister who she adored, Emma, had disappeared leaving investigators and the family clueless as to what happened to the girls. Was it a drowning? Kidnapping? Runaways? But now three years later Cass shows up on the doorstep of her mother and stepfather's home safe but insisting that they must find and rescue Emma.


When investigators arrive including forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter Cass begins to tell a story of how she had followed Emma one night and the
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Kathryn
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Simply fantastic!

I recently gave a negative review to a work that attempted to be a character-driven mystery, yet failed miserably in its execution due to the sheer banality of the featured protagonists. Emma in the Night, thankfully, proves that character-based plots can be as nail-bitingly intense as a standard whodunnit when a talented writer is at the helm.

Wendy Walker is gifted in her ability to flesh out a thorough portrayal of a rare, but damaging personality disorder and use it to design
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Wendy Walker is a former attorney and investment banker in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. Her debut thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller and was optioned for film by Warner Brothers with Reese Witherspoon set to produce. The paperback will be released July 18, 2017, followed by her second thriller, Emma In The ...more
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