Adult Fiction book review

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Coming January 11, 2022 –

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

This debut novel is well-plotted and full of twisty turns that will keep readers guessing until the final chapters. Chloe Davis was 12 when she found out her father was a serial killer, and he’s been in prison serving multiple life sentences for the past 20 years. Because of her father, Chloe became famous in her small Louisiana town, and she left with no intention of ever returning to the house where she once felt safe, despite the horrors that were happening around her.

Now she has a private, successful psychology practice in Baton Rouge, and she’s getting ready to marry Daniel. With her father in prison, and her mother wasting away in a care home after an attempted suicide, the only family she has left is her older brother Cooper. Chloe is trying to keep it together through somewhat dangerous self-medication and alcohol consumption, with the 20 year anniversary of her father’s killing spree is coming up very soon.

But all her hopes of living a normal life are crushed again when one of her patients goes missing. Soon, more young girls go missing and it appears that the killer is copying her father, and leaving clues that point to Chloe herself. Readers will question the unreliable narrator that is Chloe, as her paranoia increases with the use of mediation. Soon, Chloe is unsure whom she can trust, and even more unsure whom she should be fearing. This is an addictive, must-read thriller with a heck of an ending. I loved it. You’ll want to preorder this one, trust me. It’s excellent!

Thank you to @macmillan_lib and @minotaur_books for the early review copy of this novel.

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