Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is a book you won’t want to put down. It’s the story of a psychologically disturbed family. Let’s just say the children call their mother Mrs. Martin. Emma and her younger sister Cass live with their mother, stepfather and a step brother. One night Emma and her sister Cass disappear. It is not known if they disappeared together or what happened to them. There are no leads for the FBI who work on the case. 3 years later Cass returns home without Emma.
Emma in the Night is told by Cass and Dr. Abby Winter, a Forensic Psychologist for the FBI who was assigned the case when the girls went missing and returns when Cass comes home to help the FBI piece the story together. With the two perspectives you get an idea of what life was like in the home and what the relationships in the family were like, along with what happened to Cass and Emma in the 3 years they were missing. It’s a story about manipulation, family members struggling for power over other family members, love, hope and fear.
I really liked this book. I read it quickly, not so much to find out what happened, though I was curious about that, but because it was so much fun watching this family. If you like books that show examples of great family life, something you can emulate, then this book is not for you!
Stories about dysfunctional families seem really popular right now. Do you love them or can you do without them? Do you have any dysfunctional family books you have loved?