Author: Mary Dixie Carter

Narrator: Mary Dixie Carter

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Descripition

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.


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.

Book Review

The Photographer is a twisted thriller about a photographer that will do anything to be part of the perfect family she is photographing. As a photographer, Delta edits pictures to make perfect memories, until one day she wants to be part of these perfect pictures. Delta babysits for the Straubs in hopes of becoming a permanent part of their family. I enjoyed getting into the twisted head of Delta. Delta soon realizes that the Straub family isn’t as picture perfect as they seem. The story is interesting and kept me engaged throughout the book. I recommend The Photographer to fans of thrillers with manipulative characters.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Mary Dixie Carter and enjoyed her narration. I love when authors narrate their own books.

Thank you Minotaur and Macmillan Audio for The Photographer.

About the Author

MARY DIXIE CARTER’s writing has appeared in TIME, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Sun, The New York Observer and more. She worked at The Observer for five years as the publishing director, and has worked as a professional actor. Mary Dixie has an honors degree in English Literature from Harvard College and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.

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