Delta Dawn is a photographer and specializes in children’s parties. She is a master of illusion, manipulating her photos so that everyone looks happy and the events looks perfect. She is hired by Fritz and Amelia Straub to photograph their 11-year-old daughter Natalie’s birthday party. Once she enters their beautiful Greek Revival brownstone in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, she becomes obsessed with them and their lifestyle. Delta is a keen observer and figures out how to infiltrate herself in their lives. She becomes a babysitter to Natalie is soon someone they rely heavily on. When Delta learns that the couple is desperate to have a second child after a series of miscarriages, she is intrigued that they are seeking a surrogate. Let the crazy begin.
After you read The Photographer, you’ll be extra careful as to who you let in your home. Author Mary Dixie Carter has created a tense and engaging story that is as creepy as can be and suspension of disbelief is required. You probably won’t be shocked by this thriller but you will be entertained. (And yes, the character was named after the song Delta Dawn made famous by Tanya Tucker, Helen Reddy and Bette Midler.)
Many thanks to NetGalley, Minotaur / St. Martin’s Publishing Group and the author for the opportunity to read this impressive debut novel in advance of its publication.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: May 25, 2021.
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