Review: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

Title: A Flicker in the Dark
Author: Stacy Willingham
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: January 11th, 2022
Page Length: 357
Genre: Thriller
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren’t really there, or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?

In a debut novel that has already been optioned for a limited series by actress Emma Stone and sold to a dozen countries around the world, Stacy Willingham has created an unforgettable character in a spellbinding thriller that will appeal equally to fans of Gillian Flynn and Karin Slaughter.


Ok, this is another one where I’ve read it months ago and now finally feel motivated enough to write a review, but not fully remembering the details lol. I guess that’s good though since this is a thriller and it’s always best to go into them relatively blind.

I had originally rated this 4 stars, and I’m going to stick by that; however, it’s a different idea of a 4 star than I think it was when I originally rated… confused? Me too, but I’ll try to explain. I think it’s a 4 star based on enjoyment at the time. Now trying to think back on it, I can only remember the general plot, the couple twists, and the “who-done-it”. I can’t necessarily remember the journey – it feels less memorable than I thought it would be when I had originally finished and rated it.

What I do remember…
I remember enjoying the main character, Chloe. She seemed competent and smart – had a bad childhood and is now a little paranoid. I remember the husband and the brother and not liking either of them – actually I don’t think I liked a lot of the men Chloe interacted with…. huh. Anyways, I do remember figuring out the twist and who-done-it, but one twist reasoning I hadn’t picked up on which I did enjoy.

What I don’t remember…
Mostly how we got there. I vaguely remember why Chloe is brought into the mystery, but not fully the details and the cooperation with cops/detectives/etc. If there were other characters besides the four I’m remembering lol.

Would I recommend this one? Yes actually. It was a fun ride and it was addicting at the time. I was able to read it in one sitting and I WANTED to finish it in one sitting. Some may find it predictable, but the fast pace and overall story was worth it.

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