Review: The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

Author: Mary Dixie Carter
Publisher: Minotaur
Released: May 25, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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May was a month full of debut authors, for me at least. It’s always fun to find new authors and give their writing a try. The Photographer was written by Mary Dixie Carter and is a psychological thriller with strong suspense elements.

Delta Dawn has gotten used to seeing perfection through a lens. That’s her job, after all. She photographs New York City’s elite: their perfect families, perfect lives, and perfect homes. For the most part, she has made peace with this fact.

That is until she met the Straub family. Something about them woke that green monster buried deep within. She found herself wanting to be a member of the Straub family. To do anything it took to get close to them.

“Some children don’t have imaginations because they don’t need them.”

Overall, The Photographer was a quick and fun read. It provided everything that it promised: thrills, chills, and more than a couple of nail-biting moments. Naturally, it was full of twists and turns and several moments to force character development.

The Photographer is not a novel that will leave readers bored, that much I can promise you. There will be times when readers are asked to suspend their belief, especially when characters are making certain decisions (do parents skip background checks these days? I doubt it).

I wouldn’t have minded if the novel had taken things just a step further. Not with the action or the suspense, but with the characters themselves. It’s a psychological thriller, and I would have liked to get into their heads just a bit more. That was the crux of the issue for me and the reason why I didn’t provide a higher rating.

Still, it was fun and fast and perfect for a rainy day sort of thriller. Which was exactly what I needed at the time, so thank you for that.

Thanks to Minotaur and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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