AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham


Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery/thriller
Narrators: Karissa Vacker

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
11 hours 01 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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?


I really wanted to like this book but I am tired of drug abusing weak female main characters. The mystery was predictable and while there were pieces thrown in to direct your attention it just all felt too simplistic. 

I'm not sure if the narrator or the main characters desperation that made me cringe while reading this and hoping it would end soon. 

Chloe's father is confessed to killing 6 teenage girls when she was 13 years old.  Chloe is the one who found the damning evidence that led to her father's arrest.  Her mother distraught tried to hang herself and is now in a nursing home and its just her and her brother.  Her brother has commitment issues and Chloe seems to be gullible, easily manipulated and always on the edge of a breakdown.  

This is where I had a hard time, you would think that a psychologist, who survived what she did as a teen would have a bit more of a backbone to her than she does.  There were just so many things that didn't make sense to me for this character, the fact that she is marrying a man she barely knows, who always seems to be away on a "business" trip and doesn't see that she is an emotional basket case, talking to reporters, so many things.  I just couldn't get past.  Again I really wanted to like it but in the end I just didn't. 

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