Laura's Pick: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
Twenty years after her father was arrested as a serial killer, Louisiana psychologist Chloe Davis becomes alarmed when local teenage girls once again go missing and she begins seeing parallels that may or may not be there.
Chloe Davis is a thirty-two year old psychologist practicing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although most people don’t recognize her name anymore, she is the daughter of the serial killer from Breaux Bridge. When Chloe was 12 years old, she helped the police identify her father as the man who kidnapped and killed six girls. Her life from then on was difficult.
Chloe has tried to move on from her past but with her upcoming wedding to Daniel and her brother, Cooper, not being thrilled with her choice of husbands; life has gotten hard again. Chloe is a mess, she over medicates with alcohol and prescriptions meds. Her mother is in a care home after trying to commit suicide. Her best friend, Cooper, is dealing with his own issues and for some reason just doesn’t like her fiancé. She hasn’t spoken to her Dad since his arrest. When girls start missing in Baton Rouge and are later found dead, Chloe wonders if this is a copycat killer. When the police make the discovery that Chloe knows all of the girls that are missing, her past comes racing back to her and she no longer knows what is real and what isn’t.
A Flicker in the Dark is full of twists and turns and misdirection by the author. The storyline is well thought out and the revelations are well-timed. I had the book figured out early on but the red-herrings by the author made me question my theory several times. All in all this was a solid and promising debut from new author Stacy Willingham. The writing style was fluid and fast-paced; it held my attention from the start. I highly recommend and look forward to more books by this author.
Availability: Book; Large Print Book; eBook & eAudiobook in cloudLibrary Rating: *** Stars (I liked it) Reviewer: Laura, Library Director
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AWARDS: LibraryReads Favorite: 2022
GENRE: First Person Narratives; Psychological Suspense
TONE: Atmospheric; Menacing; Suspenseful
STORYLINE: Intricately Plotted
SUBJECT: Anniversaries; Copycat Murders; Crimes Against Women; Deception; Engaged Persons; Life-Change Events; Missing Teenage Girls; Paranoia; Serial Murders; Survival; Suspicion; Women Psychologists
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