Emma in the Night

“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’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Books like these make me glad I have my degree and background in Psychology because I feel like I can enjoy them more. There is definitely a lot of clinical information and focus on psych disorders in this book as it’s a necessary plot point but I can see where someone who isn’t in love with the field of psychology like me can feel they got bogged down.

As you read through the story line it’s obvious the author had to put tremendous work into creating a detailed outline because her character development is meticulous in that the reader knows all the motivations, thoughts, and feelings without feeling lost as to what the characters are doing or why. Her character point of views add another dimension of interest so you get a fuller picture of where she’s trying to take this story.

If the reader plunges through those parts then midway her pace picks up and smoothed out to a great conclusion that makes it all end up being worthwhile. Books like these are what define the psych thriller genre.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to review this book.

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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com

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