BOOK REVIEW: The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter @MaryDixieCarter #NetGalley #ThePhotographer @MinotaurBooks

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Release Date: May 25, 2021

Genre: Adult Fiction / Psychological Thriller



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.


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.


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.

My Thoughts

Can you say, obsession anyone? The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter is all about a photographer named Delta and her obsession with the Straub family. Delta actually reminded me a little bit of a female Joe (from You), and even though obsession books are pretty hit or miss with me, this one was mostly a hit. Delta is clearly out of her mind, and I still somehow managed to love the girl. She wants to basically be a part of the Straub family, and she loves each and every one of them. This is a debut novel as well which I didn’t realize right away, and for the author’s first book I thought it was really enjoyable! It hooked me immediately and I sped through the thing in just a couple of sittings.

Delta did start to grate on me a little bit as the book went on, but of course, I had to keep going because by golly I had to know what that crazy girl would do next! The end came as mostly a surprise to me, and there is something alluded to that I really wish I knew for sure. It leaves a little bit of an open-end for one character, but other than that had everything I wanted to know. If Carter turned this into a series I wouldn’t even mind, and I could totally see Delta being the next Joe. Overall this was a satisfying and crazy read, and if you like books that center around obsession you should definitely check it out.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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