Emma in the Night Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 13 minutes|
|Narrator||Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 08, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,414 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#35 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#102 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#245 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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I never quite know what I'm going to get with a Wendy Walker book, and I'm saying that as a compliment. The three books I have read by her have this unique feel to them although I can't put into words what makes them feel so special and different. She's just a good storyteller and this book is a wonderful example of that fact.
Fifteen-year-old Emma Tanner and her older sister, Cass, disappeared three years ago. Emma has now found her way back home and says she was held captive on an island with her sister. She was able to escape, but without her sister. As law enforcement grills Emma with the hope she will be able to provide enough answers so they can successfully locate and rescue Cass, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter can't help but question some of Emma's claims. Abby thinks by learning more about Emma and her family, she might be able to uncover the truth.
I thought the mystery was complex enough that I would be rather surprised if any reader was able to figure out every single piece of the puzzle before everything is revealed. It's one of those in which the theory you have floating around in your head will probably change throughout the story and by the end at most you were only partially correct. I liked how the story alternated between Emma and Abby's perspectives and as the story progressed, it was interesting learning some of the things they shared in common but also how they were different.
Highly recommend for not just mystery fans but also for anyone who appreciates when an author takes the time and effort to create a well-crafted story with fully developed characters.
To complicate the family dynamic are the two daughters’
father, divorced because of his weakness of will by their power-hungry mother, his son from his first marriage who is the daughters’ kind half-brother, the mother’s new, much more powerful husband and his unstable son from his previous marriage, the two daughters’ stepfather and stepbrother.
The family’s home is in the (Fairfield County, I deduce) suburbs, an hour south of Danbury along Rte 7, in the far south of Connecticut. An island off the coast of Maine near Rockland is the second important setting for this extreme yet believable drama.
The F. B. I., a young female psychologist and a seasoned male agent who have worked together before, will be the ones to get to the bottom of what was and what is going on in this ordinary-seeming, affluent Connecticut family.
That said, parts of the story were intriguing enough to keep me reading, and a few plot twists were a little surprising. No major thrills or shocking reveals (too heavy a hand with the foreshadowing), but a pleasant enough summer vacation read.
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By Wendy Walker
Two sisters disappeared one night three years ago. Emma Tanner’s car was found at the beach with her purse and keys, and her shoes left on the sand. There was no sign of her younger sister Cass. Nothing of hers was missing from her room.
Now, after three years Cass has come home!
Special Agent, Leo Strauss and FBI, Forensic Psychologist, Dr Abigail Winter who had been in charge of the case of the missing girls cannot wait to interview Cass and find out, at last what happened. But it is not quite that simple. Cass’s story leads to more questions than it answers and as her story unfolds the divisions and tensions in the family start to unravel.
Full of drama and suspense ‘Emma in the Night’ is told by two narrators, Cass and Dr Winter and has lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The atmosphere builds, empathy is created and I really did not want to put this book down. The relationships and conflicts between the characters unfold at a satisfactory pace along with the plot and the descriptions and analysis of living with a narcissistic mother are shockingly detailed and raw.
Lovers of psychological thrillers and unreliable narrators will really enjoy Emma in the Night. I will definitely look out by more by Wendy Walker.
It has great reviews and really does have a good storyline so maybe I am wrong with my criticism. But overall I would recommend.
I really enjoyed this book I thought it was really cleverly crafted to keep you guessing without the author trying to be too pretentious and throw in a ridiculous twist at the end. I felt myself sympathising with all of the characters as each one had their own issues.
I gave this 4 rather than 5 stars because I found - SPOILER ALERT - the fact that Cass told such extensive lies not quite convincing enough.
I'd definitely read Wendy Walker again!