Contemporary Fiction

The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings. A Review

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.

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My Thoughts

Secrets have a way of pulling us down especially if it’s the wrong kind being kept. That’s the premise of this book and the author tried really hard to highlight it in a fun an interesting manner. Our hearts may not necessarily be revealed immediately but our actions portray what we are thinking and the harder we try to hide our real intentions, the harder it becomes for us to love comfortably. Daniel and Kelly dealt with this throughout the course of the book. O love the way the realised the freedom that comes from being honest. That were much happier as a family even if they had to face certain consequences because of their actions.
It was a great read and recommended for those who love allegory.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

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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