Guilty Photographs

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
432 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2020
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Author Biography

S.I. Taylor was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved when she was nine years old with her parents, brother, and sister to sunny South Florida. She has a biology and criminal justice degree which she combined in her new debut psychological thriller Guilty Photographs earning a Reader's Favorite book badge.

When she's not writing you can catch her on the Florida highways catching speeders, seatbelt violators, arresting criminals, or honoring those fallen officers in the honor guard.

She also can be found enjoying her new found love for candle making in her new side venture business Aroma and Roses Candle.

If not then she's probably spending time with her family and her Bichon Frisé named Romeo who's still looking for his Juliet.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

In S.I. Taylor's Guilty Photographs, Barbara knew she could only rely on herself. Her body was a canvas of the betrayals she had experienced. But this latest edition had her concerned, unable to recall the events of the night before she awoke bleeding, sore, and alone. She knew better than to call the cops; no one in her neighborhood trusted the cops, and her rap sheet didn't exactly scream model citizen. So she did what she always does; carry on, unaware of exactly how much trouble she will be in when the truth of that night surfaces. With the rent due, and no cash for her troubles, she is forced to accept another job, but this one has a payout worth the risk, enough money to drag herself from the life she has to lead. Little did she know the danger around the corner, that sometimes a job which seems too good to be true can be just that, especially when she already knew better than to trust the one who made the offer.

S.I. Taylor's Guilty Photographs is a gripping, gritty crime thriller. It is atmospheric with clear attention paid to the settings and plot development, not to mention the twists and turns found throughout. With a dark plot focusing on many adult issues and difficult topics, it isn't for the faint of heart. Barbara is forced to endure many levels of degradation from whoring herself out to doing whatever it takes to claw her way out of her current situation. I loved how Nixon was portrayed, the IT gadget fanatic with a soft heart, a bad boy streak, and unrequited love for Barbara that spanned years. McKinley and Coolidge make the perfect team, hot on the trail of their own case when McKinley's path crosses with Barbara, unearthing another can of worms. High-stakes action combines with strong, realistic characters to deliver a heart-pounding, emotionally-charged tale that will keep you guessing, worrying, and desperate to reach the final conclusion. Well-written, perfectly paced, and completely engaging from start to finish, this is a definite must for lovers of crime fiction.

Heather Osborne

Barbara Wolf has never had an easy life. Taking on “odd” jobs to survive, she longs to free herself from the grip of Huntersville, her hometown. However, when she stumbles, battered and bruised, away from a warehouse where several men lay dead, Barbara has no idea how her life is about to change—possibly for the worst. All she knows is she has to find a way out, hoping she can trust the one man who has never let her down, or so she thinks. When she falls unexpectedly into the grasp of Agent Carter McKinley, the San Diego Federal Crime Control agent investigating the warehouse murders, Barbara never expects that he’s the one who might be her salvation in Guilty Photographs by S.I. Taylor.

Guilty Photographs by S.I. Taylor is a fast-paced psychological thriller that will appeal to readers who love a good twist. I felt that Barbara’s character was believable; far from the usual female characters who seem to have everything going for them. She knows she is flawed and is working hard to overcome those flaws. I also appreciated the diversity portrayed in the novel in regard to characters and setting. I liked the supporting characters, especially Lori, Regan, and Coolidge—the last being a personal favorite, with her witty retorts and hard exterior. Some elements of the relationship between Barbara and McKinley were slightly unrealistic to me and there were times I felt he should have taken consequences—that never came—for his actions. However, I would recommend this book to other psychological thriller readers and will read more by Taylor in the future.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Guilty Photographs by S.I. Taylor is a gripping mix of psychological and crime thriller. Barbara Wolf is no stranger to taking on odd and shady jobs. In the aftermath of one such venture, she wakes up in a warehouse, brutally raped and tortured. Undaunted, she takes on one more assignment, hoping the rewards will help her to finally begin a normal life. She enlists the help of Nixon Wright, her technical genius of a friend who harbors unreciprocated romantic feelings for her. When the job doesn’t go as planned, agent McKinley of FCCA arrests her as a prime suspect for a triple murder in a warehouse. Barbara barely manages to escape, but soon realizes that she is in grave trouble.

Although Guilty Photographs is primarily a plot-driven book, Taylor devotes much space to character development. The detailed backstories not only make the characters realistic but also control the direction of the plot. Elements of romance and thrills are inherently associated with the storyline, but so are lust, obsession, and abuse. Taylor elaborates on the destructive power of obsessive love. As the novel progressed, unexpected and shocking twists gradually emerged, taking me by surprise. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers. Since this is also a story of redemption, this novel can be appreciated by those who feel lost in the endless abyss of a criminal life. The contents are decidedly for mature readers, including descriptions of sexual abuse, rape, mutilation, and murder.