""I loved it and have been raving about 'Emma in the Night' to anyone who’ll listen. " "
One night, teenage sisters Cass and Emma disappear from their affluent, suburban home. Three years later, with just the clothes on her back and no evidence of where she's been, Cass returns – without her sister.
She talks of kidnapping and isolation, and a mysterious island where the girls were held. Soon after Cass arrives home, Dr Abby Winter and Special Agent Leo Strauss of the FBI are called to visit the girl and try to find out what happened to her. Abby and Leo worked the case first time around, and Abby has always been haunted by her suspicions about the role Cass's mother, Judy, might have played in the girls' disappearance. Abby believes Judy suffers from Narcisstic Personality Disorder (NPD), a condition which causes an inflated sense of self-importance and an inability to empathise with others.
The more Abby learns about the girls' lives leading up to the night they disappeared, the more she fears discovering the truth. Because Abby knows that what went on in Cass and Emma's house is closely linked to events in her own troubled childhood. She knows too that no one can survive an experience like that; not without something inside you changing forever.