Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
Whew, I am glad that Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker wasn’t your typical missing girls novel. While I love missing person’s books, I’ve just read a rash of them in a row. So arriving at my TBR pile, I questioned reading yet another missing person themed book. But, as fate would have it, Emma in the Night was its own particular kind of missing person book.
If you love unreliable narrators, then Wendy Walker has presented you a gift on a platter. Cass and Emma Turner both went missing three years ago. Emma was 17 and Cass, a mere 15-year-old.
It was a big deal. Emma and Cass’ narcissistic mother “Mrs. Martin” reveled in the fame of being the grieving mother of two lost children.
Then, three years later, Cass shows up at Mrs. Martin’s house. Without Emma. Cass is beside her self; she wants nothing more than to find and save Emma.
Wendy Walker tells Emma in the Night in alternating views between Cass and Dr. Winter, a psychologist who consulted on the original missing person’s case.
At first, I was a little frustrated with Cass’s narrative. I thought, “Who talks like that?” Then, as if reading my mind, Dr. Winter says, “And what about her odd demeanor, the way she told her story with such precision, adding in depictions of her emotions like she was sprinkling salt on a plate of food?” AH, thank you, Dr. Winter, for noticing too.
From that point forward, there was no turning back; I became thoroughly sucked in. What DID happen to Emma? Where was she? Why didn’t she come back with Cass???
Another thing about Emma in the Night I loved is Cass had some good insight on life. There were a few pointed quotes I highlighted. One being the following:
“No matter where we are and what we are subjected to, we will eventually settle into the new reality and try to find pleasure, even if it is nothing more than a warm shower or food or even a glass of water.”
If I thought hard enough, I probably could have seen the ending coming. But thinking that far ahead was difficult because the current reading at hand engrossed me completely. Kind of like mindfulness for reading. Be in the moment.
Because of all of this wonderfulness, I give Emma in the Night 5 stars.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press, Netgalley, and Wendy Walker for allowing me to review this book. My opinions are strictly my own.