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"Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators." - Booklist , Starred Review

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 forensic psychiatrist 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'sreturn might just be the beginning of the crime.

Bestselling author Wendy Walker returns with another winning thriller, Emma in the Night.


Author Notes

WENDY WALKER has worked as an attorney specializing in family law. Her novels include Four Wives , Social Lives , and All is Not Forgotten . She lives in Connecticut where she is at work on her next novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Walker's second thriller (following All Is Not Forgotten, 2016) delves into dark territory, pitting a fully dimensional cast of clever, damaged characters against each other in high-stakes mind games. Three years after the high-profile disappearances of teenage sisters Emma and Cassandra Tanner, Cassandra turns up alone on her mother's doorstep. Cass claims that she and Emma had been held captive by a couple conspiring to steal the baby Emma birthed a few months after they disappeared. Emma, she claims, is still being held. As FBI psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter helps Cass unravel details that will lead them to Emma, she becomes convinced that the girls' pathologically narcissistic mother, Judy, is somehow responsible for the disappearances. Cass alternates revelations about her captivity with memories from the months before she and Emma vanished, painting a disturbing picture of family dysfunction masked by suburban perfection. But if Abby's hunch about Judy's nefarious role is correct, why has Cass returned to her mother? And is Cass really trying to lead investigators to Emma? Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of this searing psychological thriller from Walker (All Is Not Forgotten), Cass Tanner returns home alone-three years after she vanished at age 15 from a beach on Long Island Sound, along with her then 17-year-old sister, Emma. Cass tells a detailed story about being held captive on an island in Maine, but she's oddly short on specifics that would help locate the site. FBI forensic psychologist Abigail Winter, one of the original investigators, gets back on the case. Abby believes that the girls' disappearance is related to emotional turmoil within the family. Cass and Emma fought bitterly, egged on by their divorced mother, Judy Martin, who thrived as a minor celebrity after her daughters went missing. Cass believes that the only one who really "sees" the family's problems is Abby, whose own mother was much like Judy. Walker's portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale. 125,000-copy first printing. Author tour. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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