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A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel

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Karissa Vacker

11 Hours 1 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

January 2022

Audio Book Summary

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 chapter.

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?

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books.

'Listeners will enjoy a gripping and twisty story.' - AudioFile Magazine (Earphones Award Winner)

'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.'—New York Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver

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  • Sarah E.

    loved it and was actually surprised.

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  • Millie

    This was a very interesting book. The narrator voiced the lines very well. The way this story plays out really draws you in and gives you a look into the characters. The ending and twists were amazing. Very well written.

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  • Heather B.

    I found the ending to be a bit contrived and difficult to follow at times. I felt rather unsatisfied at the end. I think it has to do with the protagonist's drug usage; an unreliable narrator gives me trust issues.

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  • Ashley P.

    So good and suspenseful!

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  • Pamela J.

    Great book! Kept me interested from the start. The narrator was great for this one! Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Loved this book! Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Exciting book, best thriller I’ve heard in awhile. Thought I knew who did it, boy was I surprised. Ending was a total surprise.

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  • Rita

    Loved this book and the narrator is amazing!

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  • Sally S.

    Good debut thriller, exciting as an audiobook. Anything normal about Chloe’s life ended the summer she was twelve when the six teenage girls went missing and her father was convicted and sent to prison, and her mother tried to kill herself and went into care shortly thereafter. Chloe has worked hard at dealing with the aftermath of all this tragedy. She’s a psychologist counseling troubled teens. She’s engaged to a wonderful man. Her brother is her rock. But even before teenage girls once again begin to go missing, Chloe has a lot of unresolved issues: drug use that she explains away to herself, fears and suspicions about everyone in her life, memories she can’t stop, her aversion to a relationship with her mother. She’s holding it together – mostly – but when murders start up again things quickly fall apart and Chloe has trouble knowing what is real, whose motives and actions to trust, what memories to believe. A Flicker in the Dark is an excellent debut novel by an author that shows promise. Chloe has obviously suffered but her actions and the lies she justifies to herself make it hard to fully sympathize with her. This adds to the suspense. What might Chloe be hiding, or imagining? The small number of characters also adds to the suspense. Somebody has to be committing the new murders. Her father is still in prison, but is he pulling the strings? Suspicion jumps around and around: her father, her brother, her fiancé, the father of one of the victims, the journalist who has been almost stalking her? Or could Chloe possibly have some role? Is there more about her we don’t know? The story moves along at a quick pace. The ending was satisfying and not altogether predictable, but the narrative did bog down at the end, as if the author couldn’t quite figure out how to make to characters interact to present the conclusion so rather resorted to something like a psychological analysis of people and conditions. All in all, however, this was suspenseful and exciting and kept me extending my daily walks so I could listen longer. I expect the next novel this author writes will be tighter and I look forward to it.

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  • Carrie D.

    wow. what a surprising ending

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