BOOK REVIEW: Shutter by Melissa Larsen

Title: Shutter
Author: Melissa Larsen
Publication: June 15, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 362 (Audiobook – 9 hours, 47 minutes)

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

Betty’s pain is clearly on display and she runs away from her feelings rather than facing them head on. However, this leads her to making poor decisions and she finds herself in questionable territory.

Creepy, thrilling, and perfect for a thriller. There were times I felt like Betty was one of those blond girls running UP the stairs away from a killer in a horror movie and it was frustrating. At times there just wasn’t enough action to keep me, but I plugged along! 

If you’re someone just starting out on thrillers, read this!

Thank you Berkley for allowing me to read this and give my honest opinion.


Pick up your copy of Shutter by Melissa Larsen on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads or leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Get yourself a copy of the audio book on Audible. You can check out more from author Melissa Larsen on her website HERE.

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