A Flicker in the Dark, Stacy Willingham

Chloe is the daughter of a serial killer. But all that happened 20 years ago. It doesn’t mean it hasn’t changed her life because everything is different for Chloe, including herself. But now, girls are dying again. It’s bringing up old memories for her, and she spends a lot of time ruminating, caught in the past. Chloe needs to get to the bottom of things if she ever wants to find a resolution for not only the girls, but in her own life.

Poor Chloe is a hot mess. It’s not just PTSD or her many disorders, but being the daughter of a serial killer and everything combined. If anything would help her, she should have to report to a psychiatrist to continue practicing. That alone would help her in so many areas of her life. She needs to be on proper prescription meds.

I had a few issues with the book. The med addiction, for one, is never resolved. Because of that, she will continue to be a hot mess, which also might be helped by mandating that she report to a psychiatrist. She’s so often drinking and taking pills, in an attempt to make her an unreliable narrator, that it’s hard to believe she can successfully run a practice helping others. Next, when she was younger, she got wasted off a sip of vodka, which just feels so overly exaggerated. Last, the first half of the book crawls in some spots. It’s because her inner monologue got repetitive. I want to discuss something but feel I shouldn’t because it might spoil things. But I can say that someone isn’t entirely truthful, and they have absolutely no reason not to be honest about that secret. An explanation isn’t really given, and what is given doesn’t work for me.

But I rated this book 4-stars for a reason, and that’s because I can look past those minor issues and see this as a very enjoyable story. The pacing picked up once we passed the halfway mark, and the book grew addicting. Secrets started spilling out, and they didn’t stop. While I figured out what was going on fairly early on, it didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the book, and I feel not all readers will figure it out as I did. Overall, this is a fun read. Thank you, St. Martin’s, for sending this along!

A Flicker in the Dark is available on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N.

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About the Book:
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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