Book Review: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham


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?


Unique plot line. Interesting characters. A story that keep you guess. An amazing book. I could leave my review at that and just tell you to go buy this book now, but let’s try to go a bit deeper.

I guess my favourite thing about A Flicker in the Dark was that I had no idea how it would end. There certainly were a few red herrings where I thought this is it, but I can’t say I knew the final outcome by a long shot. A secondary result of this meant I was constantly kept on my toes and couldn’t put the book down.

I found Chloe to be an interesting character. It was easy to feel sorry for her due to what she went through, but that the fact that she was by no means perfect made her more realistic. Sometimes I liked her, other times less so. I think that’s the key to a well-rounded character.

In terms of psychological thrillers, this is one of the best I’ve read in a while. I 100% recommend you give it a go.


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