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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
This blood-chilling debut set in New Mexicos Navajo Nation is equal parts gripping crime thriller, supernatural horror, and poignant portrayal of coming of age on the reservation. Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police force. Her excellent photography skills have cracked many casesshe is almost supernaturally good at capturing details. In fact, Rita has been hiding a secret: she sees the ghosts of crime victims who point her toward the clues that other investigators overlook. As a lone portal back to the living for traumatized spirits, Rita is terrorized by nagging ghosts who wont let her sleep and who sabotage her personal life. Her taboo and psychologically harrowing ability was what drove her away from the Navajo reservation, where she was raised by her grandmother. It has isolated her from friends and gotten her in trouble with the law. And now it might be what gets her killed. When Rita is sent to photograph the scene of a supposed suicide on a highway overpass, the furious, discombobulated ghost of the victimwho insists she was murderedlatches onto Rita, forcing her on a quest for revenge against her killers, and Rita finds herself in the crosshairs of one of Albuquerques most dangerous cartels. Written in sparkling, gruesome prose, Shutter is an explosive debut from one of crime fiction's most powerful new voices.
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This was an unexpected gem. I can see why it is on the National Book award long list. I loved the prose. Trigger warning: graphic body horror. The book itself was incredibly heavy even though it is under 300 pages. I will definitely get anymore books by this author though.

SamAnne Loved this one too! Looking forward to watch she writes next. 1w
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Megabooks
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I liked a lot of the elements of this debut, but in the end it was #GoodNotGreat. I‘ll be on the lookout to see what she does next though.

Rita grew up in the Navajo Nation and now works as a crime scene photographer for the Albuquerque PD. All her life, she‘s been able to see ghosts of the dead. When a particularly persistent ghost grabs her attention, she unwittingly becomes involved in a high-stakes investigation of multiple homicides.

Cinfhen I bailed but I can see the beginnings of a good storyteller are there just needs a bit more time. I‘ll look out for her next book 1mo
SamAnne I agree with your review. I loved the background and the scenes she creates. I bet in her next books she will create a tighter plot. 1mo
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Suelizbeth
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This is not a ghost story. That being said, this book is filled with ghosts. They are souls that cling to Rita Todacheene, begging her to solve their deaths. She is a forensic photographer and is almost too good at her job. If she doesn‘t solve this murder, she may be next. I love the details about her Navaho family and life on her reservation. I hope we will hear more from Rita and from Ramona Emerson. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jlhammar Me too, I'd love a second book! Great review. 1mo
Suelizbeth @jlhammar Thank you! 📚❤️ 1mo
SamAnne Yes. Really enjoyed this one 1mo
Suelizbeth @SamAnne 📚❤️ 1mo
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SamAnne
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Enjoyed this debut novel. Set in Albuquerque, N.M. And the Navajo reservation. Navajo forensics photographer sees ghosts, from her past and some of the victims she photographs. They help her solve a string of connected murders. Great setting and writing, great characters. I will read future books by Emerson!

bnp Glad you liked this. It's on my list. 1mo
Jolynne This is the next book up for my spouse and I to share on audio. 1mo
SamAnne @Jolynne I think it will work really well as an audiobook. 1mo
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Moonprismpower
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Quick read. It has a paranormal plot but I‘m the protagonist‘s ability to see ghosts actually didn‘t play any true part in solving the crimes she witnessed. But the ghosts she encounters do want peace and I did enjoy the story. There‘s a mystery man and a lost loved one who returns and i want more! If there was ever a sequel I‘d read it. I‘d like to know what happens next.

SamAnne Just started it this morning! 2mo
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SamAnne
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I have way too many books going at the same time but I can‘t resist a debut murder mystery this morning written by an Indigineous author and set in New Mexico. Dog on my lap, wood stove crackling, coffee in my mug.

Leftcoastzen Aaawww🐶book looks good too! 2mo
Jeg That all sounds perfect. 2mo
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Bookboss
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I hope this will be the first in a series. Rita is a police photographer who grew up on the nearby Navajo reservation. She is burdened with the gift of seeing the spirits of the dead. Rita‘s character is engaging and complex, and the setting is well-drawn. I would love to see what comes next for Rita. The only weak spot is the plot. The mystery is easily solved, and not as interesting as Rita. I look forward to more from the author.

jlhammar Totally agree. Great review! 3mo
Bookboss @jhammar Thank you! 3mo
SamAnne I heard the Fresh Air interview with the author and got on my library website ASAP. Can‘t wait to start this one. Loved the Fresh Air interview. 3mo
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SamAnne I highly recommend the Fresh Air interview with the author last week. I immediately went to my library‘s website and reserved it! Just arrived and can‘t wait to dive in. 3mo
jlhammar @SamAnne I didn‘t know about that interview. Thank you! Definitely going to give that a listen. Hope you enjoy the book! 3mo
Bookboss @SamAnne I have the episode downloaded, but I haven‘t listened to it yet! Thank you!! 3mo
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jlhammar
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Good read. The opening chapter was kind of brutal though. Rita, a forensic photographer, is documenting a particularly gruesome crime scene. Loved the supernatural element, the strong sense of place (New Mexico) and the bits of Navajo culture. I thought the first half was stronger than the rest, but this is a good debut and I‘ll be interested to read whatever Emerson writes next.

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jlhammar
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I am so ready for a weekend of mystery reading! I love the mystery genre. Look forward to finishing The Bullet That Missed (so fun) and starting both the tagged supernatural crime thriller and the horror/mystery/thriller The Last House on Needless street.

#OminousOctober #Mystery
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🧡📚 4mo
Eggs 🧡💜🧡 4mo
Megabooks Sounds like a great weekend! 4mo
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PNWBookseller85
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This was fast-moving, intense, and delightfully dark and spooky. Longlisted for the National Book Award (though it didn‘t make the shortlist) and for good reason. I picked it up because it‘s rare for a thriller to make the list and I was very curious. It didn‘t disappoint.

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lele1432
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Using my current read for #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #PhotoChallenge Day 2: #Creature! I‘m really enjoying this story of a Native forensics photographer who attracts the company of ghosts. 👻 #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2022

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lele1432
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First book of #Scarathlon2022 for #TeamSlaughter! Finding lots of #ScarathlonWordSearch words already lol. And a strong opening chapter! 👻 🦴

Clwojick Awesome! 🖤🖤 4mo
jlhammar I can‘t wait to start this! 4mo
lele1432 @jlhammar It‘s definitely good so far! I‘m glad it‘s getting some hype! 4mo
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jlhammar
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Part 2 of my #bookhaul. Looking forward to more Lucy and, wow, that Atkinson cover is even more stunning in person. Tagged is on the National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction. Sounds fantastic!

Aims42 I just got my copy of Kate Atkinson‘s book today too 🙌 I agree that the cover is beautiful!! 😍😍😍 4mo
rmaclean4 I have two of these on hold at the library! 4mo
Megabooks So interested in your thoughts on Shutter!! 4mo
Addison_Reads I really liked Shutter. It was one of my favorite thrillers so far this year. 4mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Well, if this book is representative of the quality on the NBA fiction longlist, I just got much more excited about it! Rita is a crime scene photographer who has been able to see ghosts since childhood. We see scenes of growing up on the rez alongside the current events, making this a bit of a blend of thriller and character study while also showing a bit of Navajo culture. I thought it was superb.

Librariana Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it! I haven't gotten to it myself, but hope to soon! 😊 Just started 4mo
Hooked_on_books @Librariana You have great taste for picking this one up—it‘s so good! I‘m excited for you to read it. And I really enjoyed Lost Words, hope you do, too! 4mo
jlhammar Definitely need to get this one ASAP! Sounds so good. 4mo
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Addison_Reads I'm so glad you liked this one. I randomly picked it up from the library and thought it was great. 4mo
MyNamesParadise I just got this yesterday for my sister as a Christmas present because she loves New Mexico! 4mo
vivastory This wasn't on my radar whatsoever, but it sounds great! 4mo
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Tonton
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National Book Awards list! And Shutter is on it. The 2022 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-2022-national-book-awards-longli...

Leftcoastzen Love this photo! 4mo
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DGRachel
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This novel about a Navajo crime scene photographer who sees and speaks to the dead started off strong. The concept was interesting, as was the main character. Sadly, it wasn‘t long before it just became tedious and predictable. For a short novel, it took ages to get through. Recommended for the look at Navajo culture - just don‘t get your hopes up for a strong mystery.

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Addison_Reads
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Great thriller with some really creepy vibes.

This book is centered around a forensic photographer, Rita, who sees ghosts. I loved the Navajo culture in the story and watching Rita grapple with her upbringing and the ghosts she has to deal with.

It's gritty, there's action, some twists, and great characters. I'd recommend this debut to thriller fans and I look forward to future works by this author.

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