A Flicker in the Dark, a review by Cat

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A Flicker in the Dark
Stacy Willingham

Published January 11, 2022
By Minotaur Books
368 Pages

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A Flicker in the Dark is Stacy Willingham’s debut novel, and let me tell you: this one book is enough to get Stacy Willingham on my ‘auto-buy’ list. I can already see her writing potential and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

Oh, did I mention that HBO Max already bought the rights to adapt A Flicker in the Dark? Yeah, clearly, they saw the same potential! I’m looking forward to seeing how that movie turns out (fingers crossed!). (See my adaptation series for more information on everything coming out!).

Chloe Davis is a woman with a tortured past. Her town was wracked by unimaginable horrors as six girls went missing. The whole scenario formed a lingering sense of fear in Chloe, something that she has never quite been able to shake.

Wow. A Flicker in the Dark was such a fantastic read; I’m almost (almost!) at a loss for words). This is a dark and gritty read that isn’t afraid to show the lingering mental effects of past trauma. In that sense, it is so very human.
What impressed me the most about A Flicker in the Dark is the twist on the unreliable narrator trope. I’d been getting a bit tired of it lately. Or, more accurately, I was getting tired of it being done in the same way. That doesn’t happen here. Chloe’s perspective is sharp; it’s her reactions that are thrown into question. It makes for quite an interesting twist.

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