Murder, Mystery, and Suspense: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY)

Raise your hand if you're all about the mystery and suspense books for October. That's right, it's time to hide your face under the covers and sleep with the lights on and Shutter is here to help.

Oh, Day. Sweet, sweet Day. Our resident Veronica Mars comes face to face with suspected murderer turned escaped convict, Julian, and unlike the rest of us sane people, his intriguing stare invites her to look further into his case. Day spends most of the novel unraveling Julian's past, which is sweet albeit slightly dangerous. Much to the reader's dismay, she typically ignores conventional safety precautions and I found myself constantly worrying for her safety. Then there's our jailbird who's nested in Day's barn (and heart). Julian has clearly been through some stuff but does that excuse his dodgy reasons and inaccurate recollections? Time will tell.

Laurie Faria Stolarz explores some tough subjects, starting with the murder (or murder-suicide?) of Julian's parents, going through intense child abuse and neglect situations, and landing with Day's dismay over her parent's recent separation. There's no sheltering the reader from the realities of both of their lives, from their feelings to their reactions and everything in between.

I enjoyed the novel's variety of storytelling, from the investigative nature that Day uses to the simple way the story unfolds from beginning to resolution. There's a bit of an unreliable narrator that keeps you guessing how the Roman family came to be a family of one.


by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published: October 18th 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: NetGalley via Publisher


• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.• Julian is wanted for murder.


• Why is Julian Roman on the run?• Just how dangerous is he?• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

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.


Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been named on various awards list.

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  1. This book sounds so unique and creepy! I will read it only when my family is home because I'm such a wimp!

    1. CREEPY and unique, for sure! I haven't read anything else like it!

  2. This sounds really good! I've heard of this author, but haven't read any of her work yet. Thanks for the giveaway post!

    1. I hadn't read anything before this one, either, so it was great to finally read her!


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