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The Photographer

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I tried reading this book and listening to the audiobook. I could not get into it and did not finish. This book just wasn’t for me but I’m sure others will love it.
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Hmm. I could not get into this. I couldn’t tell if the story didn’t grab me and I was completely disinterested, or if it was because I couldn’t sink into the story because of the narrator’s voice. I was not a fan.
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This debut novel has some good moments, but for a domestic suspense novel I don't feel like it quite goes far enough.
Delta Dawn is a photographer specializing in children's parties of the upper crust of New York. She has a talent for making the best out of every situation and giving the parents the "look" they desire in the photos, even if it requires some careful manipulation of the photos. when Delta photographs eleven-year-old Natalie's party, she finds herself drawn to Natalie's parents and doesn't just want to be a friend of the family, she wants to be a PART of the family.
I alternated between listening to the audio book (narrated by the author) and reading the print copy. I liked the narration because I could feel Delta's aspirations and her delusions radiating from the voice.
Although Delta is pretty delusional, there's a method to her madness that you don't quite get until the very end of the book. I grew to somewhat admire her gutsiness and lies--both the lies she tells to others, but also the lies she tells herself. She has major blind spots when it comes to herself, and that just makes the book more readable.
Unfortunately, the thing that is the major shortcoming of this book is that we don't know WHY Delta is the way she is. There are veiled references to her family and upbringing, but a few well placed flashbacks would have made this book so much better. We know Delta is "off" but we don't know why she is that way.
Overall, this is a decent debut novel and I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.
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My thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to enjoy this really good listen. 

Delta Dawn(like the Tanya Tucker and Helen Reddy hit) is a children's photographer hired by Amelia and Fritz Schaub to take pictures at their daughter,  Natalie s birthday.   Amelia becomes obsessed with the family and first, becomes a babysitter to Natalie, a friend and confidant to Amelia, and then inserts herself into the family to manipulate many events to go in.her favor to be a part of the family.  Things don't quite go her way.

I really enjoyed this audio...Easy listen.  My only issue is I have seen this plot before in the Robin Williams film One Hour Photo, but still enjoyed and recommend.
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I requested this one because it might be a 2021 title I would like to review on my Youtube Channel. However, after reading the first several chapters I have determined that this book is not my tastes. So I decided to DNF this one rather than push myself to finish it only to give it a poor review.

I thought this one would be more of a thriller, but it read too much like a regular contemporary novel for my tastes.
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This book was not for me. I did not enjoy the characters or the story. I didn't understand the premise. Who has someone babysit after knowing them for like 1 minute? I wasn't engaged in the story at all.
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A photographer with the unlikely name of Delta Dawn has clawed and pulled her way out of poverty and made a successful career taking pictures of the children of the wealthiest residents of New York. She’s satisfied with her life until she take photos of Natalie Straub at her 11th birthday party . Delta is consumed with a desire to be on the other side of the lens, part of Natalie’s family. And really, wouldn’t she fit in much better than Natalie’s mother, Amelia? She befriend the family, becoming a trusted friend and confidant, determined that the perfect family becomes hers
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This was so so good. It was beyond creepy, which translated really well on audio. The narrator was superb. It was a tale of ultimate obsession. The main character was so twisted but seemed so normal. This was an overall winner from start to finish.
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The narrator of this book was very good. It was easy to keep track of each character.

The overall writing style was great and the book was entertaining. There were times when it felt a little slow moving but overall a fast read.

The main characters name is Delta Dawn, if that does not put the song in your head then you just don’t know the song. She is a little bat shit crazy to say the least. She fixates on people and wants to insert her life into their‘s. She is a photographer and takes photos of people’s life events. She takes photos of a birthday party for this one family and all of a sudden she is now babysitting and hanging out with them. I don’t know that I would call this a psychological thriller but rather a domestic drama. So if you like a little bit of a domestic drama you might like this unstable family/babysitter combo.
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“The picture is real because they want it to be”

You know the gif from Blink182’s, “First Date” where the girl scrapes her retainer on the street and Tom DeLonge says, “WTF”? You know the one. That’s my entire face while reading The Photographer. 

Mary Dixie Carter is a phenomenal writer. I thought the reader was even better. Then, I realized the reader IS Mary Dixie Carter as well. Mind completely blown. It was so well done and executed so well, I think the audio truly gave me the jeebies that I got from The Photographer. This toxic fascination and obsession with Amelia and Fritz was off the charts. 

I will say, about 85% or so I didn’t know exactly  where we’d be taking this journey. I liked the build up to get there, I just didn’t know if there was going to more, or we’d see what Delta’s big final plan was. Like, what’s the end game? Just to be in their life? And, why? I realize then Delta Dawn just wanted some friends y’all. A very bizarre way to get them, but she just wanted some company! She didn’t mean much harm! 

If you are a fan of “You” and Joe Goldberg, or loved that Robin Williams movie “One Hour Photo” y’all need to meet Delta in the Photographer! She’s the gentler version. You kind of feel for the gal, like c’mon Amelia, be her friend. Thank you Minotaur and MacMillan Audio for the gifted copy. The Photographer is out May 25th.
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This is a great audiobook.  The writing draws you in from the onset. Delta Dawn is a seemingly nice, person who is living her life as a divorced parent of a young boy and supporting herself with her career as a photographer.  She appears to be kind, thoughtful and cares about those around her and her work. As the pages go by things slowly things take a turn and you realize that she is one scary major whackadoodle. She is insidious in her ways and weaves such tales about herself that you never know what she is going to do and or what happens next.  Just how crazy is she?  Is she a good friend? Is she safe around your family?  Can a single thing she says be believed?  Does the life she shares with others really exist or is she a complete and total psychopath who only wants to usurp the lives of others?  This is so beautifully crafted you’ll never know until you get to the end.  And then there is still more surprises to come.  There is not a single decent human in this story and yet you keep wanting to know what comes next.
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Thank You to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for gifting me with an Audio ARC of The Photographer, by Mary Dixie Carter. In exchange I offer my unbiased review.

The stalker/ unhinged female trope has been written before but author Mary Dixie Carter has created a fresh approach with her debut. Delta Dawn, a talented photographer uses her skill to integrate herself amongst the NYC elite, by offering home photography sessions. When she’s hired to shoot the birthday party of 11 year old, Natalie Straub, Delta becomes transfixed with the Straub family. Quickly she finds a way to become a prominent part of their lives. 

I enjoyed parts of this creepy story but I also found some illogical actions and plot holes as well. The audio narration was ok, but when the narrator attempted to alter her voice it sounded robotic and unnatural. 

Overall this was just an ok and will probably not be a book I would want to reread. I appreciate the opportunity to have an early listen 🎧
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“Single White Female” meets an affluent, unassuming married couple living in New York City. Mix these two up and you get the STALKER-IFIC psychological mystery from Mary Dixie Carter called “The Photographer.”

This is a fun, short, suspenseful, creepy story about a female photographer, Delta. She’s outside, looking in and is super manipulative. Throughout the book, she keeps inserting herself deeper and deeper into the lives of Amelia and Fritz Straub. And she’s desperate to be in their lives. At all costs.

As you can edit photos, you can edit stories, memories and realities. 

Mary Dixie Carter narrates her own story and she has talent! It’s just as if the publisher hires a voice actor to perform the story. I also enjoyed the bonus audio discussion between the author and Jennifer Hillier. Hillier’s website says she’s a writer “about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things.”

Special thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan Audio (Minotaur Books) for sharing this audiobook reviewer copy. This is my honest review.
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