The Photographer

The Photographer : an addictive and gripping new psychological thriller that you won't want to put down for 2021

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'You meets Parasite' JENNIFER HILLIER

'Creepy and gripping - I loved it!' JACKIE KABLER

'I've rarely felt as unnerved as I did after reading Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer, a debut that trains a literary lens on aspiration, envy and obsession ... The depths to which Delta insinuates herself into their lives ...makes the ensuing narrative climax all the more shocking with its unexpected twist' NEW YORK TIMES

They want the perfect family picture.
She wants their perfect life.

As a photographer for Manhattan's elite, Delta Dawn is intimately familiar with the city's most illustrious families - and all their secrets. She may blend into the background, but she sees everything.

When she is booked for a job by the glamorous Amelia Straub, there is a jolt of recognition. This time the family feels special - and wouldn't Delta fit so perfectly here with them, in their gorgeous home, their elegant life? She wants nothing more. And as she steadily befriends them all, she discovers that the one thing Amelia wants most is also the perfect way to ensure Delta will never be asked to leave.

Combining pin-sharp storytelling with a tantalising build of menace, and a dangerously magnetic lead character, The Photographer heralds the arrival of a brilliant new crime writer for fans of Netflix drama You by Caroline Kepnes and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.


'A disturbing and highly entertaining psychological thriller that sets itself apart from the rest'

'An engaging psychological thriller from start to finish'

'This is exactly the book we all need right now! I can't remember the last time a book made me forget I had a phone'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 26mm | 360g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529350921
  • 9781529350920
  • 1,548,971

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As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most
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A twisted, dark, psychological thriller, The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter is a riveting and unsettling read. I couldn't put it down * Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of The Passenger * Unsettling from page one, Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer follows an insidious photographer as she wheedles her way into the home of the clients she idolizes, permanently altering the course of all their lives. Masterful storytelling in a unique voice . . . this remarkable debut is sure to keep you riveted! * Katherine St. John, author of The Lion's Den * The tension simmers brilliantly in this addictive and intricately constructed story of beauty, longing and the shadow side of desire. By holding up a mirror to our modern-day obsessions, Mary Dixie Carter shows us the futility of chasing greener grass and the madness that begins with picture-perfection. After reading The Photographer, the phrase 'living the dream' takes on a whole new and chilling meaning * Anna Downes, international bestselling author of The Safe Place * Why create the perfect life when you can just insert yourself into someone else's? Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer is You meets Parasite, and I inhaled every dark, twisted moment of this brilliant thriller. Sharply observant, tense, and totally hypnotic, The Photographer is the most addictive suspense novel I've read in years * Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets * As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most * Kirkus * The menacing, manipulative lead character drew me in from chapter one and wouldn't let me go. Creepy and gripping - I loved it! * Jackie Kabler, USA Today and Kindle bestselling author of The Perfect Couple *
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About Mary Dixie Carter

As a journalist, 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, where she served as the publishing director. In addition to writing, she also has a background as a professional actor. Mary Dixie graduated from Harvard College with an honours degree in English Literature and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. The Photographer is her debut novel.
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