Tuesday intro: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. Diane is currently on a summer break but I have decided to carry on regardless because these are some of my favourite posts. I see others are doing the same – if you are, please leave a link to your post in the comments so that I don’t miss checking out your reads.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share two teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.

So, after a very long intro, this is what I’m reading this week…I am slightly behind on my review reading with being on holiday so this book actually comes out today; I’m about halfway through but so far, so good. Here’s what it’s about…

Emma in the NightOne night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-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.

And here’s how it starts…

Cassandra Tanner – Day One of My Return

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there’s no difference between wanting and needing. I don’t know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see it.

And here are some teasers….

Abby lay in bed, starting at the ceiling, contemplating the extent of her defeat. It was six o’clock on a Sunday morning, mid July. The sun was up, pouring light into her room through sheer curtains. Her clothes were strewn across the floor, shed in an effort to find comfort in the thick summer heat. The air conditioner had begun clanking again, and she’d chosen quiet over cool. But even the sheets felt like a burden against her skin.”

and

“I had prepared for this part and I did what I thought I would do, which was to let her feel what she was feeling and just stand there and do nothing. Say Nothing. you probably think she was ecstatic, elated, filled with joy. But Mrs. Martin had reinvented herself as the grieving mother a with the missing daughters, so adjusting to my return would involve a painful unravelling.”

What do you think? Would you keep reading? Or have you read it – and what did you think?

Emma x

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