A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham


In my opinion...


A relentlessly dark story. I found the subject matter uncomfortable, and the main character, Chloe, not particularly likeable.

Having said that, Chloe does come with baggage, which is gradually revealed in flashback during the course of the novel.


In spite of my reservations, I was hooked and still wanted to find out who was committing the murders, and there were certainly plenty of twists.


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She thought the murders had stopped. She was wrong.

‘A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you’ll never see coming’ Karin Slaughter

‘Spectacular’ Daily Mail

'Tense, twisty and threatening, A Flicker in the Dark will make you abandon your box sets' Val McDermid

The instant New York Times bestseller, soon to be a major TV series, developed by Emma Stone



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 rating...


A cautious 3.5 to 4...mainly because I wasn't keen on the subject matter. As a debut novel, it's still pretty impressive!

Thank you HarperCollins UK & NetGalley for my ARC