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A Flicker in the Dark Audio CD – Unabridged, 11 January 2022
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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 page.
When Chloe Davis was twelve, 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 twenty 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?
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- Publisher : MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (11 January 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250838843
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250838841
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.67 x 15.11 cm
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Two young women are found dead within a week with the same MO as her father’s victims, the second of them was a patient of Chloe’s. Chloe was also drawn to the search for the first girl when she went missing and discovered her earring on the ground in a cemetery. How could this be happening again? A feature of the original killings was that her father collected an item of jewellery from each of his victims. But her father will never be released from prison so who is copying his crimes?
It was not that hard to guess what was going on here but that did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. There were however a few little inconsistencies, which of course I can’t tell you about because - spoilers. Chloe was a quite conflicted character. At times I totally related to her and at other times she seemed to do really dumb things, but then how would any of us act if we were in her shoes? In fact all of the characters, including her fiancé Daniel, her brother Cooper and journalist Aaron Jansen seemed a bit morally ambiguous but I think this did enhance the story.
What the author did really well was paint a claustrophobic atmosphere filled with creeping menace where you were never totally confident in the outcome. I will be very keen to,see what she comes up with next. Many thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins UK for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
In the present, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge. She is preparing to marry her fiancé, Daniel. With a little self-medication, life is good ... and then first one local teenage girl goes missing, and then another. One of these girls is Chloe’s patient. What is happening? Is a copycat killer at work?
Chloe’s life is turned upside down. She is anxious and hyper-vigilant, deeply suspicious, questioning those around her and making accusations.
There are a few twists in this story and Chloe’s unreliable memory and her interpretations of what was happening in the present kept me guessing until near the end. A very impressive debut novel.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australia Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
This book had everything I love in a good crime thriller. A serial killer, and unreliable narrator and multiple timelines. Our main character, Chloe Davis is a psychologist hiding a very dark secret from her patients and most of the world. She drinks too much, takes too many un-prescribed pills for anxiety and struggles to get close to anyone. She has finally found a man she loves and wants to open up to. But 20 years ago, her father was convicted of killing 6 teenagers in her home town. As the anniversary looms, a call comes through from a reporter wanting to talk to her about her dad. And then the girls start to turn up dead again...in a very similar fashion as her fathers crimes.
You can't tell me that doesn't sound good! A Flicker in the Dark is going to be a big hit in 2022 so don't miss out. Full of twists and turns to make you second guess yourself, it is amazing. All the stars.
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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.
A very tense page turner that took me on a wild ride. I suspected almost everyone (as usual 😂) but in the end I made up my mind and I was right! But I also wasn't... well, it is complicated so read the book to see what I mean! 😜
Definitely a book to read!