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Shutter by Melissa Larson

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Book Summary

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.


Condition: New

Paperback, Published June 15, 2021 by Berkley

ISBN: 9780593101391

2 reviews for Shutter by Melissa Larson

  1. KC

    This one was hard for me to review. I really wanted to love this one, but at times I found myself losing interest and being ready for it to be over. Other times I found myself really enjoying the story. I thought the story had a strong beginning, but just fizzled towards the end.

    The narrator was great in the audio version , but I wasn’t a fan of the main character. It’s hard for me to enjoy a book when I can’t connect with the mc. I found her so frustrating through out. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t get into why.

    I was hoping for a more sinister story, but I didn’t really get what I was looking for. I would still check out the authors next story, and hope that you give this one a read or listen and let me know what you think.

    I think this would be a great book for classic horror movie lovers.

  2. Chandra

    Well well well… what have we here…. SHUTTER’s premise is quite intriguing and once you get into the first few chapters, you know something eerie is going to happen but poor little Betty and her starry eyes are too enamored with Anthony and her acting debut to care. Bring on the oopsie and the doopsie!

    I really wanted to like this more but it was sooooo slow for my particular pace. I do love the fact that this film project is basically, “act natural and we’ll edit as we need it”…. alrighty then. Check one, two, three on already things that would make me go hmmm…. but still color me intrigued! I will say that the last few chapters really came with a punch, albeit a bit shark jumpy… but I didn’t mind too much – I just kinda wish it was like this throughout the book. I considered putting this down a few times but I was just curious enough to see where it was going to go.

    As a debut, I do believe Larsen shines – there’s some bumps in the journey but it is clear she is talented and I look forward to whatever she has coming for us readers next. Lesson learned: don’t go somewhere isolated for a month with a group of people you don’t know that well. 😏
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