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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What an eye-opening moral tale of the lies we tell ourselves, others, and the power that truth has to set us free. Especially when we quit lying to ourselves and own the truth.
I was so caught up in the story and how this was going to end. How was this marriage going to survive? Would these characters ever acknowledge the truth or were they going to continue to sabotage their lives and others?
Even though this is a fictional story, there was some great lessons to be taken away and applied to one's own life. It was like holding a mirror up, or a camera like the story, and wondering what lie am I believing, even living, and how is it affecting my life and those I love, even the working relationships, etc.
There was quite a few surprises as Daniel, Kelly, and their daughter are all affected by the truth the camera reveals and what it will mean for each one of them. This was excellent story telling and this, my first read by author Rawlings, will not be my last.
I was provided with a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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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