The Camera Never Lies

Coming in 2019 with Thomas Nelson … my second novel! Here’s the premise:

Daniel Whiteley is a successful couples counselor who regularly puts families back together. He gets them to face up to the things in life that they hide – advice contained in his best-selling book: No Secrets. But his own marriage is falling apart.

His wife Kelly is working in a job she resents, wishing she was more available for their 14-year-old daughter who is withdrawing more each day. And she just knows the reason for her failing marriage is Daniel’s interest in a woman at work.

Daniel’s grandfather dies and leaves him his beloved SLR camera. The 1980s camera – an Olympus OM-10 Infinity, from a time when cameras pointed away from the person taking the photograph – is inscribed: “Use this camera wisely and remember, regardless of the picture you think you took, the camera never lies.”

Along with the camera is an old photograph album, with an unusual collection of photos of Gramps’ friends and family, including a photo of Milly, crying at her own birthday party. Something he didn’t notice.

Daniel goes to use the camera but finds someone has already filled his new roll of film. Annoyed, he gets the film processed at the only film processing lab in town and finds strange photos that hint at a secret he’s been hiding from everyone. He has no idea who took them, and no-one is owning up. Also on the camera are photos that point to secrets Kelly might be hiding from him, and now he needs to find a way to address this without revealing how he knows.

Daniel meets Simon, the eccentric owner of the film processing lab, and suspects him of doctoring his photos. But how would he know of secrets Daniel and Kelly have never told anyone? And why does he know so much about Daniel’s life … and Gramps?

Now every time Daniel uses Gramps’ camera, the photographs reveal another secret in their lives they’ve try to either bury or ignore. And neither Daniel nor Kelly has any idea who is taking the photos … or how to stop them.

But Simon does.

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