A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham @svwillingham @HarperCollinsUK #AFlickerInTheDark #NewRelease #NetGalley #BookReview

A Flicker in the Dark by [Stacy Willingham]


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…


A Flicker in the Dark


What a gripping story this is from the start to the last word. When Chloe Davis was only twelve, young girls in the area where she lived began to go missing. Then one day, the police arrived at her house and arrested her daddy for their murders. Chloe had found something her daddy had hidden, and only the person that was the last person to see one of the missing girls could have had it.

Now Chloe was grown up and getting married. Her brother and future husband didn’t like each other, and her mother was in a care home after a suicide attempt had caused her brain damage. No wonder Chloe was still mixed up. But when young girls began to go missing again, it chilled her to the bone. Her father was still in prison, she had never visited him. So who was the copycat?

Oh, my authors that have been writing for years would dream of writing a book like this, then when you find out that this is the author’s debut, it knocks you off your feet. The characters are superbly portrayed, just to that point where it gives you a good choice to be mulling with, who could be killing young girls just to watch Chloe have a meltdown and get off on it.

Chloe is a psychologist, still trying to work out what makes a person a killer because she had never seen it in her dad when she was a young girl. It felt like Chloe was always on the edge of breaking. How much could she take? There was no way she could sit on the fence, she had to get involved.

This was a back to the wall book for me. I needed to see every door and every window. Doors locked and the silent clock being just that. I was eerily jumpy. There are cracking characters with enough edge to be on my radar. A stunning read. Highly recommended

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book that I have reviewed honestly.


Stacy Willingham

Stacy Willingham’s first novel, A Flicker in the Dark, is scheduled to be published in January 2022 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan, and HarperCollins UK.

Prior to writing fiction full time, Stacy worked as a copywriter and brand strategist for various marketing agencies. She earned her BA in Magazine Journalism from the University of Georgia and MFA in Writing from the Savannah College of Art & Design.

She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, Britt, and her Labradoodle, Mako.

Twitter: @svwillingham

A Flicker in the Dark by [Stacy Willingham]

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