A Flicker in the Dark

Macmillan Audio. Jan. 2022. 11:01 hrs. ISBN 9781250838858. $19.99. THRILLER
When Chloe Davis was 12, six teenage girls in her small Louisiana hometown went missing. Her father confessed to their murders and went to prison after Chloe herself brought evidence to the police. Now she’s a psychologist living in Baton Rouge, working with teen girls, and preparing for her wedding. When an apparent copycat killer seems to be focusing on Chloe—in one case, leaving the body of one of her patients somewhere Chloe could see from her office—she has to reconsider everything she thought she knew about her father’s crimes. Willingham has written a solid debut thriller with effective pacing and well-timed twists and reveals. Karissa Vacker does a good job voicing the book’s unreliable narrator; Chloe’s anxiety and frequent self-medication make her doubt her own judgment, and Vacker conveys both her reactions and her questioning of them. Though listeners who consume a lot of thrillers and psychological suspense may predict the plot twists ahead of time, they’ll still enjoy the story.
VERDICT Recommended for public libraries with well-circulating thriller collections.
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