The Camera's Eye

Fiction - General
342 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2017
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Author Biography

The Camera’s Eye, Judith Kirscht’s fifth novel, was a finalist for the 2015 William Faulkner Wisdom Award and was short-listed for the 2016 Chanticleer Reviews’ Somerset Award. A previous novel, Home Fires, (New Libri Press) was a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Award (best mainstream novel published in 2013) and won an Honorable Mention in the Readers Favorite Contest, both in 2014. Both Home Fires and Hawkins Lane were finalists for Chanticleer Review’s’ Somerset Awards.
Originally from Chicago, Kirscht raised her family in Michigan and taught writing at the Universities of Michigan and California, Santa Barbara before moving to Washington State to devote herself to writing fiction.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Veronica “Roni” Lorimer and Charlotte “Lotti” McAllister are best friends and housemates. Both retired and widowed, they live in a cozy home among the evergreens, on a small island in Puget Sound. When a rock is thrown through a window in their home, the enigma begins. Roni is a photographer and loves her camera, Constance the Nikon. Her latest book, entitled The Way We Are, illustrated some uncomfortable truths and created a stir in the town. Lotti worked as a prosecuting attorney and may have enemies from her past career. The troubling problems have only begun as Roni and Lotti experience more threatening and aggressive acts against them. In The Camera’s Eye by Judith Kirscht, there are many possible culprits who may intend to scare, or hurt, this charming, sleuthing duo.

While these two women are the main characters in this book, there are many other intriguing characters. From the judgmental minister from the local Grace Bible Church, to the local deputy, to Roni’s unforgiving adult children, there is a cast of fascinating people. The gradual revelation of the history of both women’s lives is also a captivating feature in this work. The author is a skilled writer, as she is able to weave together past and present, description and dialogue, and various settings with ease. Author Judith Kirscht has crafted a compelling novel in The Camera’s Eye. It is timely, thought-provoking, and entertaining; the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. A wonderful read!

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Life in retirement is supposed to be easy. At least, that's what Veronica Lorimer and her friend, Charlotte McAllister, thought when they moved into a home on an island in Puget Sound. They hoped that life would finally settle down: Veronica, after family strife following her divorce and husband's death in an accident, and Charlotte in retirement from being a successful prosecuting attorney after the death of her daughter to cancer and her husband to dementia. But the publication of Veronica's latest photography book struck somebody at the local church on the island wrong, and the women find themselves the victims of vicious pranks. When it escalates from a rock through a window to poisoning their cat and spray paint on their garage, it becomes clear: Veronica's late husband's rumors that she and Charlotte are lesbians didn't die with him, and her latest book caused old family tensions to resurface. As the attacks escalate, it becomes clear that they've been specifically targeted, and the suspects won't stop until the two women leave the island - dead or alive. The Camera's Eye by Judith Kirscht is a classic mystery that will keep you guessing until you turn the last page.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. My only complaint was that I couldn't read it fast enough! Judith Kirscht has created a world and characters you can get lost in, and I certainly did! Veronica and Charlotte are interesting characters that you can see yourself living next door to, and the drama unfolds at a perfect pace in this novel. I liked how the backstory for both women developed along with the current story, so you don't get bogged down in exposition, but find it when and where it's relevant in the novel. Past and present intertwine to create a compelling story that shows how past hurts can take on a life of their own, if they aren't dealt with properly. It's also a great story about tolerance, love, and how it's never too late to set things right, if you're willing to forgive and never give up. The Camera's Eye is a great, inspiring, and intriguing read. I highly recommend it!

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Veronica and Charlotte have no idea what’s happening when their quiet life is interrupted one night by two rocks thrown through their window. But as the list of possible suspects starts to get longer, two people pop up on the list that they can’t ignore; Veronica’s estranged children. But could Laura and David, now adults with lives of their own, possibly be behind the rocks? And what about the slew of hateful, homophobic acts that follow? It’s going to require Veronica to seek out the children she’s barely been able to talk to for years, and get some answers about just what they’ve been up to, and whether or not they’ve been setting their church family on her for what they consider to be sinful ways in The Camera’s Eye.

This is an intriguing mystery and it’s one in which you never know what to expect. Veronica and Charlotte are great characters and the fact that they’re ‘little old ladies’ sleuthing around and solving the crime makes it even more fun to read. There’s a whole lot of twists and turns going on throughout this book and you never know who might turn out to be the next suspect, or just what they’re really trying to accomplish with their threats and harassment. It’s also a story of love and reconciliation and a whole lot more as Charlotte and Veronica have to come to terms with their own pasts, their futures, and just what might happen when secrets come out in The Camera’s Eye by Judith Kirscht.