Book Club | Lori & Julia

6/15: “The Photographer” by Mary Dixie Carter

Lori and Julia Book Club

the photographerA suspenseful story of envy and obsession and told in the mesmerizing, irresistible voice of a character who will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing. The storytelling reminded us of when we read the book “YOU’ which is narrated by Joe, the bad guy. Note: this is a debut novel by the daughter of Dixie Carter (Julia Sugarbaker of “Designing Women” fame): 3 stars! 

Summary courtesy of “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.”

(Cover photo courtesy of Kim From L.A. Literary & Media Services)