November 4th, 2017
The Camera’s Eye by Judith Kirscht
A Tale of the insidious power of hatred
On an island in Puget Sound, two women waken to a rock crashing through their widow. As the attacks continue and worsen, the local police blame a local vagrant boy, but the women—professional photographer, Veronica Lorimer, and retired prosecuting attorney, Charlotte McAllister—suspect the source may involve their own pasts and Veronica’s estranged family.
THE CAMERA’S EYE was a finalist for the William Faulkner Wisdom Award in 2015
THE CAMERA’S EYE has once again made the short list for Chanticleer Reviews Somerset Prize for mainstream and literary fiction, #CAC18, #Somerset, #CRSHORTLISTER.
Next is the prize for top of one of the Somerset Prizes categories (contemporary, suspense, historical, etc.). That will be announced at the Chanticleer Conference in April. See you then!
Critique: “The Camera’s Eye” showcases author Judith Kirscht’s genuine flair for originality, creativity, and mastery of the narrative driven novel. A deftly crafted and engaging read from beginning to end, “The Camera’s Eye” will prove to be an enduringly popular, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections.
—Midwest Book Review
“A peaceful home in the San Juan Islands turns perilous when two women are persecuted by residents who have plenty to hide … Master storyteller Judith Kirscht presents a thrilling mystery with heart, ripe for today’s environment and rich for readers …”
“Judith Kirscht has again shown her keen talent for keeping her reading audience in suspense with this thrilling mystery. … Old hatreds and fears surface, tarnishing relationships and hindering good judgment. Prejudice is passed from generation to generation …”
–Mary Trimble, Author, Sailing With Impunity
… 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…
— Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite
… 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!
–Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite
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