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!