Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker (5 out of 5)

This was a doozy. Definitely #2 on the psychological favorites list for 2017. “Behind Her Eyes” is still first, but wow! This is something else. It’s not out yet, it’s slated for arrival on the shelves in August. St. Martin’s Press is publishing this one. Put it on your TBR list NOW! 

Cass and Emma Tanner disappeared three years ago, after the car and a pair of shoes are all that is found on a dark beach. The question of what happened to the girls is a step closer to being solved when Cass shows up at her parents’ house one night, hysterical and telling them that they need to go find Emma, who is on an undisclosed and secluded island somewhere off the coast of Maine. The detective and his assistant in charge of the case are stunned and then hopeful, but several things that Cass is telling them don’t seem to add up. From there, you have Cass telling her side of the story, and the detectives telling theirs. The one thing established throughout most of the book is that this has to be the most messed up family dynamic in years. I’ve read a lot of books, but shit, these people?! These people are all sorts of messed up! So don’t think there is a saving grace amongst them, because really, the family is beyond anything I have read about. Kudos to the author for doing her research on the family’s psychological basket of lunacy, because without that quorum of quibbles, I’m not sure I would have bought this story as convincingly as I did. But oh, once the whole story comes out….WOW! Read it and recommend it when it comes out. Unbelievable! 

~ by generationgbooks on June 10, 2017.

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