StoryGraph Saturday: Shutter

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to remind me that it’s there and to show it to you in case you find it interesting, too.

by Ramona Emerson
309 pages
Published August 2, 2022

From The StoryGraph:

Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police force. Her excellent photography skills have cracked many cases—she is almost supernaturally good at capturing details. In fact, Rita has been hiding a secret: she sees the ghosts of crime victims who point her toward the clues that other investigators overlook. 

As a lone portal back to the living for traumatized spirits, Rita is terrorized by nagging ghosts who won’t let her sleep and who sabotage her personal life. Her taboo and psychologically harrowing ability was what drove her away from the Navajo reservation, where she was raised by her grandmother. It has isolated her from friends and gotten her in trouble with the law.

And now it might be what gets her killed.

When Rita is sent to photograph the scene of a supposed suicide on a highway overpass, the furious, discombobulated ghost of the victim—who insists she was murdered—latches onto Rita, forcing her on a quest for revenge against her killers, and Rita finds herself in the crosshairs of one of Albuquerque’s most dangerous cartels. Written in sparkling, gruesome prose, Shutter is an explosive debut from one of crime fiction’s most powerful new voices.

I saw this on the new releases shelf at my local Barnes and Noble, and was first drawn to it because of the name, ‘shutter’. I thought it might about a photographer, and so it was. But the rest of the synopsis really grabbed my attention, because this sounds like a fantastic twist on the usual sort of mystery/thriller. My local library has a copy of the audiobook, so I’ll be giving it a shot after I finish my current audiobooks.

4 thoughts on “StoryGraph Saturday: Shutter

  1. Yup, your reaction almost completely matches my own. Drawn to it by the title and the thought it might involve photography, and then even more drawn by the other elements. I went to my first year of college just south of Albuquerque so that drew me right in. And I love the supernatural element, as well.

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