The Photographer - by Mary Dixie Carter (Paperback)
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"Book Synopsis Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer is a slyly observed, suspenseful story of envy and obsession, told in the mesmerizing, irresistible voice of a character who will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing. A breathless psychological thriller about epic mind games.--PEOPLE A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller of 2021! 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. Review Quotes A June 2021 Indie Next Pick! A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller of 2021 One of the 5 Books Not to Miss--USA Today One of the 2021 Debuts You Should Add to Your TBR Pile--Frolic One of the Debut Novels to Have on Your 2021 TBR--Bookish One of the Best Beach Reads of Summer 2021--SheReads One of the Spring and Summer Thriller and Mystery Must-Reads--Ms. Career Girl One of the PW Summer Reads 2021--Publishers Weekly BookReporter.com Bets On Selection--Bookreporter.com One of the Titles To Watch 2021--Library Journal One of the Best Beach Reads of 2021--Brit + Co Photographer Delta Dawn is one disturbing woman, especially when she inserts herself into a wealthy Manhattan family. A breathless psychological thriller about epic mind games.--PEOPLE (Best Books Summer 2021, Mystery and Thriller) I've rarely felt as unnerved by a novel as I did after reading Mary Dixie Carter's THE PHOTOGRAPHER, a debut that trains a literal lens on aspiration, envy and overweening obsession. The depths to which Delta insinuates herself into their lives, and the reader's growing realization that her fixation on the family can end only in the worst possible way, make the ensuing narrative climax all the more shocking for its unexpected twist.--New York Times Book Review If your thirst for class-conscious (or conspicuous, rather) drama is as embarrassingly hard to slake as mine, Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer is here for you. The book came out this summer, but it's perfect for a wintertime escape too.--Vanity Fair (11 Books We Loved this Month, December 2021) Brace for hold-your-breath suspense from this dazzlingly devious newcomer. --Publishers Weekly (Starred) As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most.--Kirkus Reviews The sense of impending disaster is palpable, as the suspense and tension grow, and what happens at the end is unexpected and odd. Creepy, dark, and suspenseful . . . A gripping read.--Booklist [An] explosive debut.--Library Journal A twisted, dark, psychological thriller, The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter is a riveting and unsettling read. I couldn't put it down.--Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer will have you wondering what's real and what's not on every page of this brilliant debut thriller.--Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts, in EW's 12 Authors of Their Must-Read Summer Thriller Picks Reading Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer - which I did in one riveted sitting - is like encountering a masterfully manipulated photograph that just keeps developing before one's eyes. The result is one of the most provocatively chilling debut novels I have read in a long time.--John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and The Red Daughter Why create the perfect life when you can just insert yourself into someone else's? Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer is You meets Parasite, and I inhaled every dark, twisted moment of this brilliant thriller. Sharply observant, tense, and totally hypnotic, The Photographer is the most addictive suspense novel I've read in years.--Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets ""The tension simmers brilliantly in this addictive and intricately constructed story of beauty, longing and the shadow side of desire. By holding up a mirror to our modern-day obsessions, Mary Dixie Carter shows us the futility of chasing greener grass and the madness that begins with picture-perfection. After reading The Photographer, the phrase 'living the dream' takes on a whole new and chilling meaning.""--Anna Downes, international bestselling author of The Safe Place "

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