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A Flicker in the Dark
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A Flicker in the Dark
She thought the murders had stopped. She was wrong. The instant New York Times bestseller and a Sunday Times Thriller of the Year, soon to be a major TV series, developed by Emma Stone 'Very few debuts are as insightful, cunningly plotted and well written as this.' The Sunday Times Best Thrillers of 2022 'I couldn't put this one down' Prima 'This was dark! Edge of your seen stuff... incredibly atmospheric and tricky.'Platinum 'A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you'll never see coming.' Karin Slaughter, Sunday Times No. 1 Bestselling Author 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...
She thought the murders had stopped. She was wrong. The instant New York Times bestseller and a Sunday Times Thriller of the Year, soon to be a major TV series, developed by Emma Stone 'Very few debuts are as insightful, cunningly plotted and well written as this.' The Sunday Times Best Thrillers of 2022 'I couldn't put this one down' Prima 'This was dark! Edge of your seen stuff... incredibly atmospheric and tricky.'Platinum 'A smart, edge-of-your-seat story with plot twists you'll never see coming.' Karin Slaughter, Sunday Times No. 1 Bestselling Author 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...
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    October 18, 2021
    At 12, Chloe Davis—the protagonist of Willingham’s devastating debut—watched in horror as her father pleaded guilty to murdering six teenage girls from Breaux Bridge, La., and agreed to serve six consecutive life sentences in order to avoid the death penalty. Shortly thereafter, her mother attempted suicide, and her gregarious older brother retreated inside himself. Now, Chloe is a 32-year-old self-medicating Baton Rouge psychologist, whose family history is unknown to nearly everyone but Daniel Briggs, the pharmaceutical salesperson to whom she’s now engaged following a whirlwind romance. Chloe is already apprehensive regarding the impending 20th anniversary of her father’s crime spree, so when a 15-year-old girl disappears from Chloe’s neighborhood, she tries not to panic. A few days later, however, another 15-year-old girl vanishes after leaving Chloe’s office, forcing Chloe to question whether a copycat killer has found her, or her paranoid imagination is seeing patterns where none exist. Willingham skillfully intercuts Chloe’s anxious first-person narration in the present with flashbacks to her childhood, ratcheting up the tension. Atmospheric prose and abundant red herrings amplify the tale’s intensity. Willingham is a writer to watch. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House.

  • AudioFile Magazine An ominous musical intro sets the mood as narrator Karissa Vacker introduces Chloe Davis, a psychologist who is the daughter of a convicted serial killer. Chloe's entire life has been colored by her father's crimes. The hushed voice Vacker uses for Chloe is an effective reminder of the character's ongoing struggles with the past. As the twentieth anniversary of her father's crimes approaches, several teenage girls disappear, leaving Chloe to face tough questions. Vacker switches easily between the higher female voices and the lower male voices, creating recognizable and believable characters. The gruff smoker's timbre of Chloe's brother and the slower speech of the Southern policemen provide contrast to Chloe's voice. Listeners will enjoy a gripping and twisty story. E.J.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine
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