At age twelve, Chloe Davis was the daughter of a man who confessed to killing six teenage girls. Understandably, this shaped the rest of her life. Twenty years later she is a psychologist and planning her wedding. When two young girls are reported missing, aspects of their cases feel familiar. Coincidences? Because her relationship with the local police is rocky, she conducts her own investigation. Will she be able to come to terms with what the investigation yields?
Almost every character in this story is flawed, which creates a pool of possible suspects. The author builds the suspense slowly. Searching for answers, Chloe undertakes an exploration of her parent's life choices. Gradually, deeply buried memories surface. Her quest for answers places her in precarious situations. Tension is kept high throughout the story. Chloe doesn't know who to trust and there is a good reason for this.
I found A FLICKER IN THE DARK to be an emotionally charged and haunting thriller. Clever, tense and absorbing, the author brings it all together with a memorable ending. Highly recommended.
From debut author Stacy Willingham comes a masterfully done, lyrical thriller, certain to be the launch of an amazing career. A Flicker in the Dark is eerily compelling to the very last page.
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?