I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Shutter by Melissa Larsen. I received a free electronic copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Berkley Books and Melissa Larsen for letting me be a part of this tour! As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I wanted to read the book.
Author: Melissa Larsen
Published by: Berkley Books
Released: June 15, 2021
Source: Electronic Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley
Synopsis: A young woman agrees to star in a filmmaker's latest project, but soon realizes the movie is not what she expected in this chilling debut novel.
In the wake of her father's death, Betty Roux doesn't allow herself to mourn. Instead, she pushes away her mother, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves everything behind to move to New York City. She doesn't know what she wants, except to run.
When she's offered the chance to play the leading role in mysterious indie filmmaker Anthony Marino's new project, she jumps at the opportunity. For a month Betty will live in a cabin on a private island off the coast of Maine, with a five-person cast and crew. Her mother warns against it, but Betty is too drawn to the charismatic Anthony to say no.
Anthony gives her a new identity--Lola--and Betty tells herself that this is exactly what she's been looking for. The chance to reinvent herself. That is, until they begin filming and she meets Sammy, the island's caretaker, and Betty realizes just how little she knows about the movie and its director. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I was so intrigued by this cover and synopsis that I knew I had to read it. I just really liked the set up and idea for this novel. I wanted a little bit of a summer scare and this had some of that.
Oh Betty, Betty Roux. Our main character makes many bad decisions in this book. I know she's dealing with grief, but I just really wanted her to use her head. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to follow your dreams, but I just wanted her to think. Moving to New York City, pushing away her family and friends, it just seemed like she was taking such a drastic step. There were also so many red flags when it came to her starring role opportunity. If it sounds sketchy, that's probably because it is sketchy. I tend to get annoyed with characters who put themselves in dumb situations.
I did expect more of a scare from this story. Things were weird, and I was always interested to see where it was going to go, but I just expected a little more from it. Give me something super creepy and dangerous.
I liked the writing. I thought the story moved along pretty well. I'd be interested to see what Melissa Larsen writes next.
I really loved the idea for this story, I just wanted it to be a little more of a scare. I just wanted more from it.
Melissa Larsen has an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has interned and worked extensively in publishing. She lives in San Francisco, and Shutter is her first novel.
Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Shutter by Melissa Larsen. Thanks so much to Berkley Books and Melissa Larsen for letting me be a part of the tour. If this one sounds good to you, I'd definitely say give it a read.