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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Camera Never Lies
Author: David Rawlings
Genre: Magical Realism / Christian Allegory Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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, Kelly, and Milly appear to be the perfect family.
But an old camera will expose secrets no one wants developed.
Daniel Whitely is a successful marriage counselor and bestselling author, yet his own marriage is in crisis and his daughter is drifting further away each day. To make matters worse, the deadline for his second book has come and gone, and he still hasn’t written a single word.
When Daniel inherits an old camera from his grandfather, he notices an inscription on the bottom: “No matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies.”
Daniel begins using the camera, but every time he develops his photos, they threaten to reveal secrets that could sabotage both his marriage and his career—exposing him as a fraud and destroying the life he has worked so hard to build.
He’s faced with a choice: keep his secrets and save his career or come clean and possibly save his family. Which will he choose? Which would you choose?
This book hit me more deeply than I would ever like to admit. It wasn’t so much the storyline with the individual characters, because in all honesty I didn’t really relate to them. I actually felt pretty distant from them, but maybe it’s because of what I was really focusing on. The biggest takeaway from this novel was from what was learned from the camera. It’s not just about keeping secrets from others–but refusing to see the truth ourselves. It’s the hiding behind a smile because you don’t want to deal with the hard feelings. It’s the feelings you didn’t even realize you had until you’re confronted with the truth. And the hardest part of all of it is that you can’t start to heal until you acknowledge the truth. This was a highly thought-provoking read that gets the reader to look at themselves and how they would handle the situations. Because here’s the deal, whether or not you can relate personally to Daniel or his family throughout the read, you can still contemplate how you would feel and react when you are forced to be vulnerable, or a secret you’ve tried keeping is revealed, or truth is discovered that throws you for a loop, or any other number of circumstances that threaten your peace. I don’t want to share too much because I don’t want to be a spoiler but this was one powerful read that I know is going to stay with me for a very long time.
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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.
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