Review: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she observes and the truths she believes—neatly captured in black and white—begin to blur.

Julian does not look like a murderer, but his story is full of holes, and his alibis don’t quite add up, either. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture…whatever it reveals.

Did he kill his parents? Or didn’t he?

While Julian remains on the run, Day digs deeper into his case. But the more facts she uncovers, the longer her list of questions becomes. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels with Julian.

Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case that will prove Julian’s innocence. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I went into this hoping for mystery and suspense. While there was a little mystery, it was a lot more coming of age storyline than I expected (or wanted, to be honest). That doesn’t make it a bad book. It just wasn’t what I wanted.

Day is the only child of two very successful humanitarians and she’s spent her life trying to follow in their footsteps and make them proud. When she comes across Julian, a murder suspect who recently escaped from Juvie, she starts to research his case and makes it her mission to help him out and uncover the truth. It took a lot of time for her to actually start investigating other than just reading old newspaper articles and asking Julian a few questions. Even though it was a fast read due to the easy writing and short chapters, the story really dragged for me until we got closer to the end.

I liked Day well enough, though I don’t think she always made the smartest decisions. Her friends all drove me completely crazy. Julian was a little more compelling character and I enjoyed getting his perspective through his journal entries. The synopsis makes it sound like he could be manipulating Day into helping him, but I never really felt like he was. He did get caught in a few lies, but he seemed more like a scared kid than a little psychopath (and I kind of wanted him to be little psychopath, just for a good twist).

Overall, Shutter was an ok read for me. Short chapters made for a quick, easy read. I liked the overall premise of the story, but I wish it focused more on the mystery/suspense side and a little less on the growing-up-is-hard drama. Though the very end felt a little abrupt (an epilogue would have been nice), I did like the direction the conclusion went and was a little surprised by it, so I appreciated that.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

3 stars

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