Negative Review: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

28963881Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, (Bad) Romance, Contemporary

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Seventeen-year-old Day Baker 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 pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.

Julian is not the “armed and dangerous” escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don’t quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn’t he?

Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master of suspense and romance. In this page-turning thriller, Stolarz tackles dark truths with a powerful, contemporary voice. Shutter will keep readers guessing until the very end.


Most of the time, when I finish a book, I immediately feel inspired to write a review, whether the book in question is good or bad or really bad.

But right now, the only thing that resonates inside my mind is a loud, screeching even ‘‘meeeeeh.’’ To be honest, I don’t know why this book was published. Not that it was badly written.

I actually thought the writing wasn’t so bad, and the characters were pleasant enough, but the story. Oh the story. Please. We really didn’t need another banally plotted YA mystery book flooded with romance.

It’s a good thing it was fast-paced, because that kept me from yet again letting an unfinished book rot somewhere in a corner of my room. It’s starting to smell already. Just kidding. But yeah, thank you SHUTTER for being readable.

The ending won’t surprise anyone. At first I thought I could maybe recommend this to first readers of YA mystery, because it’s easy to read, although predictable, so those people can get an idea of what it feels like to read these types of books, but it’s just not worth it.

Just not worth it.

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7 thoughts on “Negative Review: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

  1. I haven’t read the book yet, but was planning on it. So thanks for the warning 😉 What exactly about the plot was banal? Just a plot you’ve heard too many times or just not executed well?


  2. Pingback: Negative Review: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz — Hit or Miss Books | the book swap

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