Crimefest Fiction Debut

In association with our headline sponsor, CRIMEFEST is honoured to present its award for a crime novel by debut author first published in the United Kingdom in 2023. Previously unpublished authors bring vital fresh blood to the genre, and CRIMEFEST and Specsavers aim to highlight that contribution with this award.


A flicker in the dark

Willingham, Stacy ISBN: 9780008454487

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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 fiance. 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... 

- Browns Books Synopsis