Another scary, psychological thriller with an unwell woman at the center (and a person on the cover #cbr13bingo). Delta Dawn is a photographer in New York City, and she spends most of her time taking photos of children’s birthday parties having discovered her knack for making children look happy and healthy and like their parents’ dreams.
She routinely photoshops images that are less than perfect to fulfill the fantasy these wealthy families pay her to portray. When she meets the Straub family, Delta feels she has found a family. She begins to obsess about her relationship with the wife, Amelia, and the husband, Fritz. She insinuates herself into their lives in multiple ways, and when she finds out they are interested in having another baby, she vows to help with their fertility issues.
It’s hard to get a clear picture of Delta, and that’s on purpose. She grew up at Disneyworld where her parents were park employees, but she does her best to have a blank and pleasing visage to attract customers and feel as if she belongs. She fabricates stories about her past and present, and she supports those stories with her photoshopped images.
However, it seems like the Straubs are not who they say they are either. There picture-perfect image of a husband-and-wife architecture team has some cracks beneath the surface, and this situation seems poised to expose everything.
A fine, quick read.