Book Review: The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress @MaryDixieCarter #ThePhotographer #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf #partner #netgalley #booksof2021

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PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: May 25th, 2021

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Thank you to Minotaur Books for the eARC of this novel via NetGalley and also for sending me a beautiful bookish book with a paperback copy of this book complete with bookish items to complete the book. I loved the package!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

WHEN PERFECT IMAGES

As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.

ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES

But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn’t behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family’s gorgeous home and elegant life.

THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED

That’s when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; finding chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she’s bathing in the master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren’t all she can manipulate.

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MY REVIEW:

Addictive, compelling, pulse-pounding, pure entertainment! A novel that I quickly sank into and devoured until I flipped the last page. I enjoyed reading the novel and learning about the main character, photographer Delta Dawn. Hired by the wealthy elite families living in NYC, Delta finds herself behind the lens of her camera at many of their events. She sees things that others might not be aware of, things they might be trying to hide and keep secret, things that she probably shouldn’t see. Needing to know more, she gets close to members of one family in particular, the Straub family. At best Delta is a very sketchy character, and you never know which line she will cross, which secret she will unfold, and what she will do next.

She was an interesting character for sure, always sticking her nose in where it didn’t belong, and I loved it! It added to the suspense of the novel and I found myself wanting to know more just like Delta did. I loved how she tried to find out secrets about the family members and added pieces together to come up with answers. Delta is a very unreliable character and I loved how that added to the suspense and enjoyment of the novel.

A definite must-read that you need to add to your TBR list. Hands down one of my favourite books of 2021!

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MY RATING: 5/5 stars

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