I’m not quite sure what to make of this one: the blurb is intriguing but the execution did not quite live up to expectation.
You can tell straight away that something is ‘off’ about the tale being spun but it is so incredibly drawn out. This is eventually explained but I still don’t feel the ends quite justified the means: it felt very slow-moving throughout followed by an information dump in the final quarter. Combined with mostly unlikeable characters and whole sections that read like a psychology textbook, it was a strange mix. I did enjoy the revelations when they finally came but overall I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC of Emma in the Night.