The Plot (from Goodreads):
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?
Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Any book blurbed by Karin Slaughter is one I definitely have to pick up! While A Flicker In The Dark is a lot less graphic and gory than Karin’s writing, I really enjoyed the story. Certainly an impressive debut that you won’t want to miss!
Although I’m not sure if this counts as “a twist you’ll never see coming” per the blurb, I thought this book was very well written. The pacing was excellent. I flew through the last 2/3rds of it on the plane to Hawaii, and it was a great way to pass the time. I passed my ARC copy on to my sister when I arrived!
Chloe was an interesting character with a unique backstory as the daughter of a serial killer. She struggles with addiction, and is working on coming to terms with her complicated past. When history starts to repeat itself, all of Chloe’s progress is dashed. I enjoyed the first-person narrative as the reader is thrown right into Chloe’s jumbled thoughts. It was fun to unravel the case alongside her. I thought Chloe and her brother Cooper were very well-developed characters.
If you’ve read A Flicker In The Dark, I’ll be posting a spoiler review on my blog where you can see what I thought of the twist. There’s a link in my stories as well as in the “spoiler discussions” highlight!
I’m excited to see what else this author puts out in the future.
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