Book Review of ‘A Flicker in the Dark’ by Stacy Willingham


She thought the murders had stopped. She was wrong.

Chloe Davis’ father is a serial killer. He was convicted and jailed when she was twelve but the bodies of the girls were never found, seemingly lost in the surrounding Louisiana swamps. The case became notorious and Chloe’s family was destroyed.

His crimes stalk her like a shadow. Now Chloe has rebuilt her life. She’s a respected psychologist in Baton Rouge and has a loving fiancé. But she just can’t shake a tick-tick-tick of paranoia that, at any moment, it might all come crashing down.

As does something darker. It is the anniversary of her father’s crimes, and Chloe is about to see her worst fears come true – a girl she knows goes missing.

The nightmare has started again.

My Review

This has lots of the tropes of a good modern thriller: an unreliable narrator, a dark past, a psychologist, a journalist and some carefully placed red herrings. I felt that the characterisation in this novel was strong and that Chloe and Daniel were particularly well-presented and believable. I enjoyed the Louisiana backdrop, and the plot was twisty and progressed at a good speed.

Although it wasn’t perhaps the most original plot, it was well-written, suspenseful and kept me turning pages late into the night. I look forward to reading more from Stacy Willingham in the future.

The image is the cover of ‘A Flicker in the Dark’ by Stacy Willingham
‘A Flicker in the Dark’ will be published on 3rd February 2022.

Thank you to HarperCollins UK, Stacy Willingham and NetGalley UK for this ARC in return for my honest review.

8 thoughts on “Book Review of ‘A Flicker in the Dark’ by Stacy Willingham

  1. well having rad 670 novels many many thrillers this wasn’t believable or to thrilling it was obvious ________ was the killer and i did the age thing and said the father didn’t do it also it made no sense she was doing more detective work then the detectives also the trauma she suffered why not just change your name when trying to run run from your past i’d give it 2.9 out of 5 for much better thriller that is believable and unbelievable try ..before you go to sleep


  2. Thank you for your response. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve redacted the killer’s name in your comment as it’s a bit of a spoiler for anyone who hadn’t read it yet!


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