Book Review – Emma in the Night

Emma in the Night

Thrillers… not my thing, but I have a confession: My problem with thrillers is that I love them too much. They pull me in. I have to know what happens. Like any story I read, I throw myself in and become a part of it, but thrillers are not stories I want to be a part of. So I avoid them until the Book Club girls choose one for our next book. Therefore, book 14…

Book 14:
Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker

Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

August 2017

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Emma in the Night is about two sisters, Cass and Emma, who go missing on the same night. After putting the search to rest, Cass returns three years later and shares her story of being kidnapped and brought to an island where the sisters were held captive to help the forensic team find Emma. As they work to crack the case, things fail to add up, the untold details of the sisters’ family history begin to seep in and the pressure reveals the truth of the crime.

Favorite Quote:

“The hope is easy. I believe children do that to us. They make us have it because without it, my God, can you imagine? Looking at your child without hope for the future would be like feeling the sun on your face five billion years from now.”

―Wendy Walker, Emma in the Night

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Amazon Best Book of August 2017
Nominated for Book of the Year by Book of the Month Club
An August 2017 Indie Next selection
An August 2017 LibraryReads List selection
One of Barnes & Noble’s Best New Thrillers of August 2017
An Entertainment Weekly Must List selection


My Overall Rating:
3.5 – This was, no doubt, a good book. It was an easy read – I read it in about four days. While it wasn’t predictable (I spent the bulk of the time trying to figure out what had happened, and I was genuinely surprised by the outcome), the predictable element was that things were not as they seemed. I immediately knew better than to read it for what it is, which, in a way, lessened the blow of the outcome for me. Had Walker not been up front about there potentially being a twist, I might have been more impressed, but regardless, I would love to see this as a movie, because I think it could be done very well.

Still, this is a very engaging story, and I feel I have to share I tolerated the “thriller” aspect of it very well… only one night of nightmares. (Haha!)