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“A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you’ll never see coming. Stacy Willingham’s debut will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime.” ―Karin Slaughter
When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel PDF

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?

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

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The Authors

STACY WILLINGHAM, author of A Flicker in the Dark, worked as a copywriter and brand strategist for various marketing agencies before deciding to write fiction full time. 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, SC with her husband, Britt, and Labradoodle, Mako.

Dimensions and Characteristics of A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel PDF

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 11, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
International Standard Book Number-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250803829
International Standard Book Number-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250803825
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.55 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
Best Sellers Rank: #1,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#72 in Serial Killer Thrillers
#162 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
#367 in Suspense Thrillers

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Praise for A Flicker in the Dark
Goodreads – One of the Readers’ Most Anticipated Mysteries of 2022
Nerd Daily – One of the Most Anticipated 2022 Book Releases
Crime by the Book – One of the Most Anticipated Crime Books of Early 2022
SIBA – One of the ‘Read This Next!’ Picks of the Month
Deep South Magazine – Fall/Winter Reading Lists

“Exceptionally smart, entertaining…. [Willingham’s] denouement is both surprising and plausible.” ―The Washington Post

“Equal parts domestic suspense and hard-edged police procedural. . . Willingham pulls together a tight, involving plot with a solid psychological look at the effects of a horrid crime on the Davises, the victims’ families and the small community. . . The gripping A Flicker in the Dark sets a terrific course for the new year, shining a bright light on a new author to savor in Willingham.” ―Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Charleston author Stacy Willingham’s debut novel A Flicker in the Dark is collecting accolades for its lyrical prose and propulsive, deeply creepy story.” ―Augusta Chronicle

“A book you won’t want to put down.” ―Red Carpet Crash

A Flicker in the Dark will have you sleeping with the lights on by the time you reach the end. . . Suspense climbs as the pages turn, you won’t be able to put this one down once you pick it up.” ―Daily Hive

“A great addition to any mystery/psychological thriller collection, with an unforgettable character haunted by her past in an authentic Louisiana setting, which ups the creep factor.” ―Library Journal

“Willingham skillfully intercuts Chloe’s anxious first-person narration in the present with flashbacks to her childhood, ratcheting up the tension. Atmospheric prose and abundant red herrings amplify the tale’s intensity. Willingham is a writer to watch.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Willingham offers taut storytelling and a heroine with compelling vulnerability. This is a strong debut recommended for domestic-suspense readers lining up next-reads.” ―Booklist

“I have not felt this excited about a thriller in years. I could not put this book down. It’s fabulous.” ―Chelsea Cain

“Don’t trust anyone in this wickedly good debut by Stacy Willingham. A twisty and propulsive thriller.” ―Peter Swanson

A Flicker in the Dark is equal parts lush Southern Gothic, penetrating character study, family tragedy wrenching enough to bruise, taut psychological suspense, and―best of all―a mystery as profoundly satisfying as any I’ve read in years. Evocative and exhilarating.” ―A.J. Finn

“A psychological thriller in the truest sense — an engaging, propulsive read, loaded with surprising twists, that genuinely thrills as it gets deep under the skin of its fascinating heroine, Chloe Davis. I tore through this book.” ―Alison Gaylin

“Haunting, lyrical and utterly compelling! These are just a few of the words of praise one could use to describe A Flicker in the Dark. Author Willingham takes us on an unstoppable journey through the psychology of evil, and of courage (in many senses), all told in a pitch-perfect literary style. Once you start reading, you will not put it down.” ―Jeffery Deaver

L. Allen
poor choreography
January 19, 2022

This is so poorly written and fact-checked that it is amazing it was published. The heroine, Chloe is going to get her PhD and then eventually her master? Very unusual progression, one I have never encountered academically. She sleeps 24 hours and arises to see the sun starting to set at 10 PM and she watches as eventually, the street lights come on an hour later? The book takes place in Louisiana not Norway.

Lots of holes in plot. Spoilers!
January 25, 2022

The first 100 pages were slow getting into it. The main character is a hot mess, and honestly, she’s not very likable. She continually makes one stupid decision after another. I can forgive this- in that not all main characters need to be painted as a strong heroine. It also adds to the book’s mystery in that the reader must ask themselves if she is crazy or legit. The author repeats several ideas way too many times- Chloe’s fears, Chloe needing meds to cope, etc. The ending also did not do it for me. You suspect from the beginning that the Father is innocent- but he never says anything after 20 years? And the mother is just as guilty? The author also tried really hard to distract from who the real killer is by framing Daniel- but she took it too far. And then the confession. Why did Cooper start killing girls again after 20 years? I’m not sure if it was even clear if it was Tyler that actually killed them or Cooper. And how could Cooper have made him do it?

And then come to find out he killed Tara when he was 14? And then waited a year to kill Lena who supposedly knew along and instead of telling anyone liked to hold it over him? She makes comments about him driving but he was only 15 when the Dad was convicted.

Overall I enjoyed reading it- but I feel like it could have been tied up much more nicely. Cooper could have had a weird obsession with controlling his sister and that’s why he started killing again in order to get her fiancé out of her life because he was use to it just being the two of them. A theory like this would have made more since.
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Grayce Tripodi
God Awful
February 2, 2022

I cannot understand all the five star reviews. This book was so bad anyone with a background in psychology will cringe as I did. Information, you must get your Masters then your PHD.
This woman was taking zanac , atavan, Valium and other medications with glasses of wine.
She was so repative there had to be no editor.
Let us not forget she is counseling teens while high on illegal drug scrips.
Please do not forget she was mixing these drugs.
What sentence got me was her saying “ I wish my dad drank ( instead of killing)
Save your money. Dreadful

Sandra Gonnerman, San Diego County/Humboldt County Schools Librarian, Retired
Terrible Editing and Too Many Inaccuracies Distract
February 3, 2022

The editing in this book is very poor for any published book. Throughout the book there are grammatical errors. Also inaccurate information regarding times of day and in my education and those I know who have higher education degrees, a master’s degree is earned before a PhD can even be considered. Sad that this author and editor cheapened this book in such a manner.

January 21, 2022

I wanted so badly to like this book. The story itself is good, but it is written with entirely too much detail which makes it long and difficult to get through. I found myself skimming paragraphs to pick out the important parts of information so that I could move on.

January 12, 2022

Never ever did I pre-order a book by a new author before, but I spotted this book in Publishers Weekly under its working title “Shadows,” and pre-ordered it on .
Chloe Davies is shocked to discover at 12 years old that her own father confessed to the murder of six teenage girls in their small Louisiana town. Twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge, whose life unravels when local teens go missing. There is something so nostalgic about Chloe’s “before the tragedy” childhood memories, and it pains to see her struggling to get a grip on reality while reliving this nightmare again. I couldn’t put the book down.
The writing is very atmospheric, with Louisiana summers coming to life through the Crawfish festivals, which I’d for sure check in my future travels. I totally enjoyed this book.

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3.5 Stars
February 11, 2022

This 3.5 Star thriller had some good points but it just didn’t come together for me in the end.

Chloe is a little jumpy. She has had some bad experiences that left her in a place where she hates surprises. This is demonstrated when her fiancé throws her a surprise engagement party and she about has a panic attack.

Chloe’s brother points out that maybe her fiancé doesn’t know her that well if he thinks the surprise party is a good idea.

Hum, how well do Chloe and her fiancé really know each other? I mean, she’s told him everything about her past, she even confessed to him that her father was an infamous serial killer. But, Chloe has been trying to put all that in the past. She has moved on. She is now a therapist, she’s in a very healthy relationship with Daniel, her fiancé, and has some good close friendships.

But, one of Chloe’s patients disappears after an appointment, then another girl goes missing. And, finally the daughter of a friend of hers goes missing. Is there a copycat killer out there? Is somebody targeting her? Could it be somebody she knows? Chloe starts trying to investigate what is happening. But, who can she trust?

It was a good story, with some interesting twists. Not your typical “daughter of a serial killer” book. A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel PDF

I liked that Chloe was a therapist. It seemed a whole lot like, “physician heal thyself” which gave the story a little more depth.

I like that book was set in the south. It’s set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Most books are either set in a large city like New York City or LA or San Francisco, or in a very small town, but very few books are set in a mid sized southern town. It gave the book a more authentic feel.

It’s hard to say exactly what I didn’t love, I think what I really wasn’t crazy about it’s just the fact that everything that I intuitively would have done, Chloe did the exact opposite. Not that I didn’t feel for her, but she kind of got on my nerves. She was pretty terrible at investigating and covering her tracks. She continuously made bad choices.

Not a bad book, just not one of my favorites.

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