Emma in the Night
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 ...more
I think that's because of the fact she was pregnant of Hunter. She saw the reactio…more SPOILER (I checked the ''spoiler'' box but it didn't hide my answer)
I think that's because of the fact she was pregnant of Hunter. She saw the reaction of her mother to the thought of Emma being pregnant of him so she got scared. She chose to leave because she wanted to keep the baby. Plus, she was scared her mother could kill her because she knew Cass was there when she killed Emma.
She also convinced herself that maybe her sister wasn't dead. She chose to protect her baby and run!(less) (hide spoiler)]
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 se ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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’s story is far-fetched and is one her mother is unwilling ...more
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 Nig ...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 ...more
I know someone who grew up with such a mother, saw the games p ...more
”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 ...more
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 d ...more
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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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
THE BLURB: 'From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten ...more
I can see a big difference between Wendy Walker’s most recent two psychological suspense books, “Don’t Look For Me” (2020) and “The Night Before” (2019) and the two that preceded them; “All Is Not Forgotten” (2016) and this one, “Emma in the Night” (2017).
The more recent two will definitely appeal to a wider audience as the books penned earlier are deeper, darker dives into the psyches of the Victims.
In “All Is Not Forgotten” it’s rape.
In “Emma in the Night”, it’s the damage that is done ...more
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 ...more
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. Alo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This one is all about two missing sisters. The story picks up when Cass returns by herself 3 years after disappearing. Where is her older sister Emma and what was happening for those 3 years?
We get flashbacks of life for the sisters before they disappeared and then Cass is telling the story to her parents and the FBI. This is one dysfunctional family! I also enjoyed the perspective from the FBI forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter. She’s an expert on narcissism and the auth ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
I never quite know what I'm going to get with a Wendy Walker book, and I'm saying that as a compliment. The three books I have read by her have this unique feel to them although I can't put into words what makes them feel so special and different. She's just a good storyteller and this book is a wonderful example of that fact.
Fifteen-year-old Emma Tanner and her older sister, Cass, disappeared three years ago. Emma has now found her way back home and says she was held captive on an isla ...more
Three years ago the Tanner sisters, fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma, vanished.
Emma's car, containing her purse and keys, was found at the beach - but all of Cass's personal belongings were still in the house. What could have happened?
FBI Agent Leo Strauss heads the investigation.....
.....assisted by forensic psychologist, Dr. Abby Winter.
Dr. Winter senses that's something's 'off' about the girls' family - especially the mother (Mrs. Martin).
The psychologist wants to look mor ...more