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Book Review: A Flicker in the Dark - Stacy Willingham

Summary: “When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren't really there, or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?

In a debut novel that has already been optioned for a limited series by actress Emma Stone and sold to a dozen countries around the world, Stacy Willingham has created an unforgettable character in a spellbinding thriller that will appeal equally to fans of Gillian Flynn and Karin Slaughter.” Via Goodreads

Review: I feel very back and forth about this book. While some parts I thought were really good, like the twist at the end (some people said they guessed it immediately and I say how?!), some parts were really… not so good. Like the main character being on pills and alcohol all the time. It’s a really exhausting trope and I’m becoming incredibly uninterested in it. It feels lazy on the writer’s part because you shouldn’t need to rely on your character forgetting everything in order to make a mystery and get rid of plot holes. However, I was willing to overlook that and still, mostly, enjoy this book. Especially the twist. If you said you called that you are a liar.

3.5/5 Stars

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