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From debut author Stacy Willingham comes a masterfully done, lyrical thriller, certain to be the launch of an amazing career. A Flicker in the Dark is eerily compelling to the very last word.
When Chloe Davis was 21, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.
Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. While she finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to achieve, she sometimes feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. So when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels from her past that aren't actually there, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?
A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.
"Listeners will enjoy a gripping and twisty story."—AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)
"Haunting, lyrical, and utterly compelling! These are just a few of the words of praise one could use to describe A Flicker in the Dark. Author Willingham takes us on an unstoppable journey through the psychology of evil, and of courage (in many senses), all told in a pitch-perfect literary style. Once you start reading, you will not put it down."—New York Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 1 minute|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 11 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #209 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#15 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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🧡Not knowing who to trust-not even the narrator
🧡Trying to figure out why everyone seems shady and what’s the truth
🧡Realistic but unseen twists
A small town in Louisiana is rocked when six young girls go missing over one summer, their bodies turning up during the ensuing search. Chloe Davis, all of twelve, knew them, at least tangentially, and has to be concerned that she may be next. However, what’s worse is that by the end, Chloe’s father is arrested and charged with the murders based on evidence she discovers in the house. As the Davis family tries to pick up the pieces, Chloe must wrestle with the stigma of being related to a serial killer.
Two decades later, Chloe has established herself as a psychologist and enjoys a prosperous practice. She’s also about to be married, something that has her more excited than anything. Living in Baton Rouge, Chloe thinks that the past might finally be behind her, only to learn that a new set of girls has gone missing and their bodies are turning up. This has the makings of something sensational, though Chloe wants to steer well clear of the limelight.
When a nosy reporter emerges to write about the Davis family, things snowball from there and Chloe finds herself pulled into the web of emotional struggles she hoped would never resurface. Clues related to the girls begin to land on Chloe’s lap and she cannot deny how eerily similar things are to her childhood. Could this be the work of a copycat killer, taunting her, or her own paranoia tied in with coincidence of the highest order? While many around her know little about her past, Chloe cannot help but wonder if the delicate balance may come crashing down around her, leaving jagged pieces to scar her anew. A riveting debut novel by Stacy Willingham that will have readers beginning for more!
I love discovering authors who are just getting their start, as it allows me to feel as though I am part of the wave, rather than trying to paddle to catch up to others. Stacy WIllingham is one I am happy to have tripped upon, as she writes so convincingly that I will have to add her to my author tracking radar and see how things progress over the next few years. This is a captivating thriller that taps into a number of areas that caught my attention. She can spin a tale effectively and keep the reader guessing, while also providing a great deal of detail throughout. Just what I needed!
Chloe Davis proves not only to be an effective protagonist, but one who impacts the narrative with everything she does. Scarred by the past revelation that her father was a brutal serial killer, Chloe tries to pick up the pieces and help others who need assistance with their lives. However, she cannot dismiss her past and wrestles to make sense of it, as new crimes emerge on the periphery. Seeking normalcy and finding only glaring questions, Chloe must make sense of all that surrounds her without extrapolating her past into the present. Her backstory is plentiful, as is the development of her characters throughout the book, leaving the reader to put the pieces together to get a more complete idea of who she has become. Chloe’s being taunted, targeted, and perhaps even teased. What she does about it all could prove to be life-altering.
Stacy Willingham roars onto the scene with this book, leaving me to wonder if this could actually be a debut. It’s so put together and strong, from the well-paced narrative to the characters that make the reader want to learn more and keeping reading to ensure they do not miss a thing. There is an eerie sense throughout the book, as truths pop up like gators in the bayou, forcing the reader to surmise much has yet to be revealed. Chapters that beg to be devoured in short order and a plot that has just enough twists to be impactful, Willingham knows how to grip the reader and refuses to let go. She’s definitely one to watch in the foreseeable future.
Kudos, Madam Willingham, for a solid debut. I hope others feel the same and your following grows.
In A Flicker in the Dark we follow Chloe, an engaged to be married psychologist who is finally getting her life on track. Did I mention her dad is in prison as a convicted serial killer and her mom is non-verbal and living in assisted living home? No? Oh, well - there's that. It took Chloe 20 years to get her life somewhat on track, and now a series of murders extremely similar to the ones that destroyed her family threatens to derail it again. Is this a copycat? Is she reading too much between the lines? or is her dad innocent?
I listened to Macmillan Audio's production from Minotaur Books and was blown away by Karissa Vacker's narration. It made it easy to experience Chloe's internal turmoil, the tension in the story and to follow the story as it was told.
A Flicker in the Dark is a debut novel that delivers. I really enjoyed the suspense, and the character work. The plot was tight and executed well, even though it was rocky in some of its attempts to create doubt in the readers. Willingham plays fair, which I appreciate, I was able to anticipate the twists and solution, but it doesn't bother me. She is definetely an author to watch for!
on a side note, I will be purchasing the book when it's released and that cover is everything!
Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to Macmillan Audio, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of A Flicker in the Dark.
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Our main character is Chloe Davis, daughter of a convicted serial killer, who finds herself caught up in events that have an uncanny resemblance to the crimes her father has been imprisoned for. Nearing twenty years on from her father’s arrest, Chloe finds herself drawn into a dark and dangerous series of events.
It took a little time to learn about Chloe. The rather repetitive opening had me convinced her drug-addled mind was imagining much of what was happening, even wondering if she might be responsible. The stress of organising her wedding, and concerns about the upcoming anniversary sparking a flurry of media interest, make Chloe’s anxiety understandable. When a young girl she started working with goes missing, Chloe starts to look closer to home for answers.
The similarities between the disappearing girls in the present and the events surrounding her father are increasingly apparent. Chloe tries to involve the police, but they soon become suspicious of her. So Chloe turns detective and, with the help of someone she believes to be on her side, she starts searching for answers.
Unfortunately, this search could have very serious consequences.
As the story developed I found myself - and this seems wholly intentional - lurching from one character to another as I tried to work out exactly what was going on. There are a lot of characters with secrets, and some of those secrets have more relevance than others to the current case.
Suffice to say, by the time we were told what was actually going on I was expecting something out of the blue. The revelation makes sense when it comes, but things escalated rather more quickly than felt credible.
I found myself frustrated by the rapidity with which Chloe’s story was wound up, and yet this debut certainly hints at some very good things to come.
The End you might think. True enough, but Chloe Davis irritated me no end. I've no complaints about women central characters. I don't complain about women detectives. I enjoy reading Rankin's Siobhan Clake, as she becomes a central character, for example.
What I'm not a fan of is female characters who are "put upon", lack agency in their lives, and spend much of a book having things happen to them. This is what happens here. She stumbles from event to event with no lack of enthusiasm, not no control either. The result is someone who I didn't like much.
If you can get over the issues I had with Dr. Davis, you'll probably enjoy the book more than I did.