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Friday, December 6, 2019
The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings
About the Book
Book: The Camera Never Lies
Author: David Rawlings
Genre: General fiction/allegory/magical realism
Release Date: December 3, 2019
David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler, returns with another probing story: what would you do if your secrets were revealed to those around you?
Daniel Whiteley is a successful couples counselor who regularly puts families back together, helping them face up to the things in life they hide. But his own marriage is falling apart.
His wife, Kelly, knows Daniel is hiding something from her, but she doesn’t dare probe for fear her own secrets will be revealed.
When his grandfather dies, Daniel inherits an old SLR camera from a time when cameras pointed away from the person taking the photograph. On the camera is an inscription: “Use this camera wisely and remember, regardless of the picture you think you took, the camera never lies.” When Daniel first uses his new camera he finds someone has already filled the roll of film. Annoyed, he processes the film and finds photos of a secret that he’s been hiding from his wife and daughter. He has no idea who took them.
Now every time he uses the camera, the photographs reveal another secret about himself the he is desperate to keep-as well as those of his wife, which he is desperate to uncover.
I had to read this book. Why? It starts with the camera. I have a long history with cameras, photos, and darkrooms. That made this irresistible for me. Daniel is a marriage councilor, and his life is falling apart. Using a camera from his Grandfather, the images Daniel takes show things that are raw, unfiltered, and for him, often unexpected. What issues and insights will be reveled with each image and how will Daniel handle it? I was so intrigued. I found this book to be a very fast read, with a good bit of creativity and lots of introspection with the characters. It doesn't have a lot of overt pushing of Scripture or such, but it does have main themes that are Christian principal founded. I really liked this story, and I think it's worth reading. I liked the ending and I liked the "magic" that was a tool for so many changes in this story. 5 Stars
About the Author
David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.