A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel
by Stacy Willingham
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A Flicker In The Dark, Stacy Willingham, author; Karissa Vacker, narrator
If you are in search of a fast paced murder mystery. This book is for you. It is not rocket science, but it will definitely keep you guessing until the end. Twelve year old Chloe Davis, has the rudest awakening of her young life when her father is arrested for the murder of half a dozen teenage girls. The father she adores, for his love and his gentleness, Richard Davis, is a serial killer. She is responsible for his incarceration because she found and provided the evidence to convict him. Her father takes a plea deal and instead of the death sentence, he is sentenced to prison for life without parole. She and her 15-year-old brother, Cooper, are basically on their own when their mother tries to commit suicide, but fails. Her oxygen starved brain leaves her unable to care for herself or her children, any longer. Chloe rejects her father and never visits him or speaks to him. Two decades pass. She moves to a new town and is a successful therapist, soon to be married.
Cooper, assumes the role of her protector. He does not like her future husband, Daniel. She refuses to listen to his objections and a rift develops between them. Chloe, however, has a major flaw. Although she attempts to heal others, she cannot heal herself and takes too many anti-anxiety pills, that she foolishly mixes with alcohol. She illegally prescribes these medications for herself using her future husband’s name. The stress from the memories of her shameful past, drags her down, and she is skittish about many things, especially dark places.
Suddenly, near the twentieth anniversary of her father’s crimes, there is another murder in the new town in which she lives. This murder is a catalyst that reignites all of her fears and memories from the past. When she receives a call from someone who identifies himself as a reporter doing a story on her father, because he has suspicions concerning the recent murder, she tries to ignore him. He believes this latest murder has been committed by a copycat, a killer imitating her father’s crimes. At first, she resists his efforts to meet, but soon her own fears grow about the possibility, and she agrees. The police have been less than friendly to Chloe’s attempts to help and have even considered her a possible suspect in the recent murder. Sometimes, it is her own behavior that causes that suspicion. So, in light of everything happening, she too begins to suspect others who may or may not be innocent. She teams up with the reporter to search for clues.
Who are the innocent and who are the guilty in this novel with so many twists and turns? It is hard to know until near the very end. Even when the reader thinks they have figured it out, they will be in for another surprise, just around the bend.

 
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