Shutter by Melissa Larsen
Release Date - June 15, 2021One
You know the books you pick up, start reading, and think to yourself "okay, so when is the suspense going to kick in..." Eventually, one of two things happens. You either get blown away or you keep reading hoping for that moment and it never arrives.
For me, Shutter was one of those books where I kept reading thinking something amazing was going to shatter my perception of the characters. That never happened, and I feel that I lost a few hours that I'll never get back.
Following her father's death, Betty Roux isn't sure what to do. It's over with her boyfriend. Her already fragile relationship with her mother is reaching a breaking point. With so much weighing on her shoulders, Betty leaves for New York City to stay with a friend until she figures things out. There, her friend and her friend's boyfriend introduced her to a brilliant filmmaker. Betty doesn't tell him she watched his indie film and loved it. She wants to act aloof, but that gets harder when he invites her to be one of the stars in his next project.
As plans start kicking into high gear, Betty is slightly unnerved by the limited information Anthony shares with her. All she knows is there is no script and they're filming on a remote island in Maine. Her mother isn't comfortable with her going off to this island with several strangers, but Betty cannot say no.
Once in Maine, Betty learns that her name will become Lola. She has to bleach her hair and take on a whole new persona. She's determined to nail this role, but the situation keeps getting weirder by the moment. When she meets the odd caretaker on the island, she starts to realize there are things Anthony isn't telling her. Suddenly, she has no idea who to trust.
I think the marketing of the book left me a little confused. I'd seen this book described as supernatural, horror, and thriller, and none of those fit. I never liked Betty's character. I certainly didn't appreciate her friends. It made it hard to form a bond with any of the characters. Sammy, the caretaker, is probably the one I like the most, and even then, it was a meager interest. I couldn't stand Anthony, and it left me wondering what Betty saw in him.