Last summer I read Wendy Walker's debut novel 'All is Not Forgotten' and I loved it. It was a unique and original take on the psychological thriller genre. I was excited to find out she had written a new novel, and that Book Sparks was including it in their summer reading challenge (#src2017). 'Emma in the Night' reads in similar fashion, slow to start, but then the cat and mouse game begins, and I couldn't put it down.
In my undergrad, I took a few psychology courses for sheer intrigue. I am fascinated by how the mind works, and in this case, how complex a narcissistic personality disorder is, As I was reading, I felt extremely unsettled, imagining what life was like for Emma and Cass, walking on eggshells around a mother they were vying for attention from. Their mother has a switch, "it goes on and off depending how she feels about you. If you adore her and are on her side, and if you make her feel good or look good to others, she trusts you and so she loves you. If you are a threat to her in any way, or competing with her for anything she wants or needs, she despises you and will dedicate herself to destroying you." As I was reading, I was exhausted. Is this how people live? This is one of my favourite psychological thrillers this year. The ending will shock you and make you go back and question every piece of information Cass offers you, the reader, and the police. "This is what happens when we lose faith in a person. We have to see the evidence. Words and promises are no longer enough. I knew if I could do that, if I could break her, the truth would be set free." How far would you go for the truth?
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