A Flicker In The Dark – Book Review

Title:- A Flicker In The Dark

Author:- Stacy Willingham

No. of pages:- 360 pages

Date published:- February 3rd 2022

Publisher:- Harper Collins

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Chloe Davis’ father is a serial killer.
He was convicted and jailed when she was twelve but the bodies of the girls were never found, seemingly lost in the surrounding Louisiana swamps. The case became notorious and Chloe’s family was destroyed.

His crimes stalk her like a shadow.
Now Chloe has rebuilt her life. She’s a respected psychologist in Baton Rouge and has a loving fiancé.
But she just can’t shake a tick-tick-tick of paranoia that, at any moment, it might all come crashing down.

As does something darker.
It is the anniversary of her father’s crimes, and Chloe is about to see her worst fears come true –
a girl she knows goes missing.  

The nightmare has started again…

Chloe Davis was twelve years old when her father was accused of being a serial killer, killing six teenagers. She, her brother Cooper and her mother then start to lead a new life. Almost twenty years later, Chloe is now a successful psychologist and is engaged. But soon, on the twentieth anniversary of the death of the first victim her father killed, girls started disappearing in her town. Is there a copycat murderer lurking around?

The story is told from Chloe’s perspectives–though the author doesn’t differentiate the past and present instances, it does shift back and forth between past and the present–how she was dealing with the fact her father was killing the girls to the present when she was haunted by those memories. It was actually a fast paced thriller with some twists and turns along the way, and the author, did a good job of drawing the reader to the story.

Besides being an unputdownable thriller, I do like the setting of the story–very rare I had read a thriller based with a southern setting.

Chloe seemed to be a very complex character who seemed to be addicted to the pills and takes pills with the alcohol. Though I am not complaining, unreliastic characters had seem to become a trend in many psychological thrillers. However, I kind of predicted the ending but nonetheless, this is a must die hard psychological thriller, unputdownable and a page turner, that will keep you up all night. This was Stacy Willingham’s debut and I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Worth five stars!

Stacy Willingham’s first novel, A Flicker in the Dark, is scheduled to be published in January 2022 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan, and HarperCollins UK.

Prior to writing fiction full time, Stacy worked as a copywriter and brand strategist for various marketing agencies. She earned her BA in Magazine Journalism from the University of Georgia and MFA in Writing from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Britt, and her Labradoodle, Mako.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s