Book Review

Emma in the Night


Three years ago, the Tanner sisters went out and never came back. Three years pass and one sister comes back and the other doesn’t. When she comes back, it not only solves the mystery of their disappearance, but the mysteries surrounding their very interesting family dynamics.

My Thoughts 

I’ve had this Book of the Month pick on my shelf for a long time, but since I haven’t read a thriller in a while, I decided to finally pick it up. IT WAS SO GOOD and it blew my mind in the best way possible. It was a mixture of so many different things and they all blended together to make such an elaborate and unique plot line. These characters are unpredictable and very very VERY unstable. You just didn’t know who to believe and I JUST LOVED IT! 

This book is told through two different perspectives. One perspective is Cass, the younger sister that returns and the other perspective was Dr. Abby Winter, the forensic psychiatrist that was on the case when the girls disappeared. Both perspectives move back and forth through the timeline and it adds such depth to the plot and adds some information to the holes in everyone’s stories. 


Cass’s perspective just made me SO SAD and I wanted to hurt people that made her feel anything other than good. That girl went through so much and it makes me so sad. Her thoughts and the way the author wrote her perspective was just haunting. However, she did not reveal a lot and it really drove you crazy. The way she tells the story, it made it seem like she was lying or holding something back so whenever she revealed something, I didn’t really believe her. It all seemed a little too out there to make sense. Cass was a bad ass though and I ended up really loving her at the very end. It all made sense like solving a very elaborate puzzle that took a long time to solve. 

Dr. Abby Winter was a very interesting character as well. At first, I was very wary of her and how she went about solving the case and I honestly didn’t know where her head was at all the time. I felt like she was so unprofessional at points and I felt like I couldn’t trust her either. I don’t know if I’m watching too much Law in Order, but she reminded me of Olivia Benson when she gets a little too close to a victim and makes big and very unprofessional mistakes. 

THE TANNER FAMILY WAS SOOOOOO F**CKED UP IN SO MANY WAYS AND IT WAS INSANE. The mom would make Dee Dee Blanchard look normal……. The father was very unpredictable, the stepdad was a creep, the stepbrother was a privileged white boy, and the halfbrother was very suspicious. This family puts the d in dysfunctional and it made me cringe, but I couldn’t wait to find out more. 

This thriller was an amazing read and I couldn’t put it down until the very last page. 

My Book Rating

5/5 Suspense  

5/5 Heebie Jeebies 

5/5 Plot

5/5 Characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Published on August 8, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press 

Copy Read: Hardcover (BOTM)

Pages: 308 

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