Book Review: The Photographer

THE PHOTOGRAPHER | Mary Dixie Carter
05.25.2021 | Minotaur
Rating: 3/5 stars


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. When Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she was out from behind the lens and a part of the Straub family. 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 plotting how to move into the beautiful garden apartment behind their townhouse. Delta has found she can manipulate more than just photos to get what she wants.

Holy batshit crazy alert! Delta Dawn is completely off her rocker! Mary Dixie Carter has created a fun read centering on just how extreme Delta’s actions can get to obtain what she wants within THE PHOTOGRAPHER. Have you ever desired the life that someone else has? Wished to live in their stunning home or have their perfect marriage? Delta has and she’s looking to take what she lusts for and make it her own. I had such a fun time guessing what new and cringey thing Delta would be up to next!

This book is perfect for an easy, breezy, and weird read! While there’s nothing too complicated about the plot or the subject, I think it works well for this book. There are a few twists, but as an avid crime fiction reader I was able to easily guess them. I’m not personally someone who hates this, as it gives me a sense of satisfaction for guessing correctly. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a lighter suspense read. 

🎧: I decided to give this one a listen and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author is the narrator! She did a fantastic job of bringing Delta and her story to life!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to Minotaur Books for my gifted copy!

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