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The Photographer: A Novel
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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.
"A breathless psychological thriller about epic mind games."—PEOPLE
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller of 2021!
WHEN PERFECT IMAGES
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.
ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES
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.
THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED
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.

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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.
"A breathless psychological thriller about epic mind games."—PEOPLE
A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller of 2021!
WHEN PERFECT IMAGES
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.
ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES
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.
THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED
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.

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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "I've rarely felt as unnerved by a novel as I did after reading Mary Dixie Carter's THE PHOTOGRAPHER, a debut that trains a literal lens on aspiration, envy and overweening obsession. The depths to which Delta insinuates herself into their lives, and the reader's growing realization that her fixation on the family can end only in the worst possible way, make the ensuing narrative climax all the more shocking for its unexpected twist."
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      • content: "As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most."
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      • content: "The sense of impending disaster is palpable, as the suspense and tension grow, and what happens at the end is unexpected and odd. Creepy, dark, and suspenseful . . . A gripping read."
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      • content: "[An] explosive debut."
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      • source: Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger
      • content: "A twisted, dark, psychological thriller, The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter is a riveting and unsettling read. I couldn't put it down."
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      • source: John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and The Red Daughter
      • content: "Reading Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer – which I did in one riveted sitting – is like encountering a masterfully manipulated photograph that just keeps developing before one's eyes. The result is one of the most provocatively chilling debut novels I have read in a long time."
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        December 1, 2020

        Delta Dawn photographs the children's parties of rich New Yorkers, wiping away tears and sneers with her deft edits. Working little Natalie's party, she decides that she wants to be part of the glamour and is soon babysitting for Natalie and insinuating herself into the family. Carter's debut has a 150,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Journalist Carter's debut novel follows a Crown Heights family photographer deep into the heart of a family she wants to do much more than photograph. Hired to shoot pictures of Natalie Straub's 11th birthday party, Delta Dawn can't help looking around when she's not peering through the viewfinder. What she sees is a home so perfectly designed and furnished by Natalie's parents, architects Fritz and Amelia Straub, that she never wants to leave. The colors, the fabrics, the light: They're all perfect. It's not just the Straubs' home Delta craves--it's their world. She wants Amelia to see her as a friend and an equal rather than however talented a professional; she wants to take Fritz to bed--though not of course in a way that might antagonize Amelia--and she wants Natalie to love her as much as she loves Natalie's whole family. That very night, Delta begins to insinuate herself into the Straub household, and once she begins, she never looks back, making herself more and more indispensable, yielding only so far to their attempts to set her up with Ian Walker, a blandly eligible associate in their firm, and using her editing skills to document a photographic account of her acceptance into their family circle as elaborate as it is fictional as she assures her readers, "I wanted to support their family. Honestly, I did." When Amelia acknowledges that she's desperate for the second child she can never carry to term, it seems like the perfect opportunity for Delta to consolidate her position in her adoptive family once and for all. Or is it? As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Delta Dawn, the narrator of Carter’s outstanding debut, is a much-sought-after photographer of children’s fetes among Brooklyn’s artsy set, who has the ability to create picture-perfect moments of connection that never were through the magic of Photoshop and other manipulations. Trouble is, the egocentric young woman approaches life in similarly subjective fashion. Emotionally starved by her own parents, Delta hungers for family—even if it means insinuating herself into someone else’s, like that of her new clients, the Straubs: interior design guru Amelia; Amelia’s scruffily hunky architect hubby, Fritz; and needy 11-year-old birthday girl, Natalie. Using her well-honed manipulative skills, plus a timely offer to babysit, Delta swiftly gains the run of the Straubs’ brownstone, as well as ample opportunity to discover some of their most intimate secrets—which she aims to leverage to her advantage. Delta—arguably the inevitable product of a social media–driven universe where carefully curated images supplant messy reality—becomes increasingly scary as the depth of her obsession with the Straubs becomes apparent. Brace for hold-your-breath suspense from this dazzlingly devious newcomer. Agent: Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Rostan.

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        May 1, 2021
        Delta Dawn grew up in Florida, where her parents worked as custodians at Disney World, and she suffered both poverty and abuse. Desperate to escape, she is fortunate to be mentored by a respected photographer, moves to New York, and opens her own studio, focusing mainly on children as subjects. When she's asked to take pictures at Natalie Straub's eleventh birthday, she's thrilled: Amelia and Fritz Straub are well-known architects, and their home is stunningly beautiful. She becomes obsessed with the Straubs, insidiously inserting herself into their lives, babysitting Natalie, befriending Amelia, and lusting after Fritz. What she tells them of her own life is built on lies, but they never suspect that Delta is anything but a good family friend. Delta's obsession soon turns dark, especially after learning that the Straubs are desperate to have another child. The sense of impending disaster is palpable, as the suspense and tension grow, and what happens at the end is unexpected and odd. Creepy, dark, and suspenseful, Carter's story features a dramatic plot and a main character who is as tragic as she is revolting. A gripping read.

        COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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"A breathless psychological thriller about epic mind games."—PEOPLE
WHEN PERFECT IMAGES
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.
ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES
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.
THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED
That's when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie;...

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