The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

Disclaimer: I received this arc from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Photographer

Author: Mary Dixie Carter

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: thriller, mystery, suspense

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Genre: Thriller Mystery

Recommended Age: 18+ (sexual content, pregnancy, stalking, infertility, miscarriage, animal violence, animal death)

Explanation of CWs: There is some sexual content and a pregnancy. There is also talk of infertility and miscarriage. There is stalking shown and there is an animal death and violence.

Publisher: Minotaur

Pages: 296


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.

Review: For the most part I thought this was an ok book. The book had a creepy plot that kept me reading and there was some good world building.

However, the character had no development and the story was really weird. It was just full of random things that didn’t have any impact on the plot, like mundane conversations, but they also don’t make the best decisions and I can’t suspend my disbelief for that many mistakes. The book was also very slowly paced and the ending wasn’t satisfying.

Verdict: It was ok, but not for me. Maybe for you!