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The police have questions for Cass about where she and Emma were, but Cass can't pinpoint where they have been held captive for the past three years. Cass only knows it was an island.
EMMA IN THE NIGHT moves along as we join in the questioning of Cass by the police and a psychologist. Cass tells all, but holds back some things on purpose. What Cass doesn't hold back is what she wants to shock her mother with because her mother was abusive and a narcissist.
Mrs. Martin as Cass calls her mother was the reason they left. Cass's story about their three years away was filled with half truths, and Cass seemed to lie quite a lot about many things.
The characters all seemed mentally disturbed and as if they had to be top dog competing with and against each other.
As the book continued, the tension about the story of the girls leaving home and the investigation increased. You never knew who to trust or to believe.
EMMA IN THE NIGHT is definitely a psychological thriller. The most interesting aspect was learning about narcissism and how it affects an entire family. It actually was an education and thoroughly frightening to learn about this disorder.
Readers who enjoy unusual family drama along with intense psychological situations to the point of unbelievable will enjoy EMMA IN THE NIGHT.
The ending was exceptional and unexpected, and the book was a bit disturbing. 4/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.
This book has helped me to realize that psychological thrillers are something I like in theory, but rarely do they play out well on the page. The story inevitably reaches a point where I feel things are too incredible to be real, and it falls short. I think that this may be the one area where Hollywood trumps Bookville for me. These types of stories lend themselves better to screen than they do to page. Or maybe I’m just reading the wrong ones.
Emma in the Night was an interesting read, and I think it does better than most in maintaining the integrity of the story until the end. But there were parts of it that were predictable, and I found the doctor from the FBI who was working the case to be more interesting than anyone in the Tanner/Martin clan who were supposed to be the center of the plot. Parts of Emma in the Night read more like a case study than an actual story, and while those were the highlights of the book for me, it was a bit jarring when we returned to ‘story,’ and I just didn’t enjoy those parts as much, making the tempo of the story off. There was a definite Mommy Dearest feel here. It was disturbing and felt like a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. I felt for the children in this story, and I was frustrated that the adults who could have stepped up for them never did. I’m not going to say anything more for fear of spoiling it for other readers, but I’ll just say while Emma in the Night was entertaining enough, it just didn’t blow me away.
This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.
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.
Cass is beside herself. She insists that she's left Emma behind and they need to find her. She tells a story that sounds insane, but eventually there's evidence that backs her up. Apparently she'd been on an island, taken there by an older couple and not permitted to leave. She says that she was both treated as family and like a prisoner, and most disturbingly... Emma is still there.
Chapters alternate from the perspective of Cass and the calmer, more mature forensic psychiatrist on the case: Dr. Abby Winter. She'd become borderline obsessed with the case years ago and jumps at the opportunity to speak to the teenager she spent so much time trying to find. She spent a lot of time trying to figure out the family. Having experience with her own narcissistic mother, she's convinced Mrs. Martin, mother to the girls, suffers from the personality disorder as well. She identifies with Cass and Emma, but there's something that's bothering her as interviews with Cass continue.
This book features a lot of interesting yet disturbing themes that might still be rolling around in your head long after you put it down. It was actually a slow read for me, maybe because of that. Still an enjoyable book.
I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and St Martin's Press, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.