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The Camera Never Lies

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Daniel, Kelly, and Milly appear to be the perfect family. But an old camera will expose secrets no one wants developed.

Daniel Whitely is a successful marriage counselor and bestselling author, yet his own marriage is in crisis and his daughter is drifting further away each day. To make matters worse, the deadline for his second book has come and gone, and he still hasn’t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Whitely is a successful marriage counselor and bestselling author, yet his own marriage is in crisis and his daughter is drifting further away each day. To make matters worse, the deadline for his second book has come and gone, and he still hasn’t written a single word.

When Daniel inherits an old camera from his grandfather, he notices an inscription on the bottom: “No matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies.”

Daniel begins using the camera, but every time he develops
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

While this book may seem like a fast and easy read, I suggest you take your time with it. The wisdom found in this book could save you a lot of trouble. The story is about a marriage counselor and his family. He is a successful author but is pressured into writing another book. He has trouble coming up with a new idea. While he struggles with this, his life, his family, and all those around him are spiraling out of control. This book deals
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 star
The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings is a profoundly moving story. The camera is a bequest from Gramps after he passes away. It shows the whole truth of the lives of those whose pictures are taken. Rawlings has written an extraordinary book that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. I have never read another book quite like this, which considering how many books I have read is astounding!
The only negative aspect of this book is the length. It is quite a short book so it
Randi Sampson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coming from Thomas Nelson- a Christian publisher, I expected that The Camera Never Lies would be much more faith based with a supernatural twist. I was rather surprised that God was- to the best of my recollection- not mentioned at all. Nor was faith really. If they were, they were so little of the focus that I failed to remember those instances anyway. I say this not as a negative, just a surprise to me. Though I DO personally enjoy stories with more Christian content, I know that that is not ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

From beginning to end I was intrigued with this book. David Rawlings took a new and unique approach in asking the reader what if cameras captured whats in our soul instead of what we see with our eyes because in this book, Rawlings plays around with what is in our eyes and things might not always be as we see them but when they are shot with a camera, they
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, net-galley
This novel explores the importance of facing the truth of your life/actions, whether you want to or not. The author employs a magical camera as the vehicle for this morality tale, so you have to suspend your disbelief to get through the story. The writing was pretty good, but I felt that the moral of the story was extremely obvious and a bit heavy-handed. I did enjoy the reactions of people to someone using an actual camera with actual film, versus the digital world we are generally in these ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel is surprised and (to be honest) a little creeped out when he realizes that the photos he takes with his grandfather's camera show what the subject feels (go with the idea) more than their physical representation. He's been struggling lately-he's a marriage counselor who wrote a successful book but now has writers block and is unable to deliver his second book. He's also got marriage problems of his own, in part because of the secrets he's kept about himself as well as the lies he's told. ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley, 2019
The Camera Never Lies is a novel that tells the story of Daniel, a marriage counsellor and bestseller author, who is going through some trouble in his own marriage. One day he inherits an unusual camera from his grandfather. A camera that will show him the truth about his life, his marriage and himself.

The Camera Never Lies is what I would call a “beach read”. It is an entertaining, well-written book with interesting characters, but I’ll forget all about it tomorrow. Definitely recommended if
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel, Kelly, and Milly appear to be the perfect family. Daniel is a marriage counselor and bestselling author, Kelly sells a successful pharmaceutical product, and Milly earned a scholarship to a private school. But an old camera will expose secrets no one wants developed.
Inherited from his grandfather, the camera's inscription reads, “No matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies.” The photos aren't at all what they seem, however. With clarity, they expose secrets that the
Melinda Staley
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to be able to receive an advanced copy of The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings. While I have not read his previous book (yet!!), I have heard great things about it.
In The Camera Never Lies, Rawlings weaves a tale about things that many of us harbor secretly. From the book description: “Daniel, Kelly, and Milly appear to be the perfect family. But an old camera will expose secrets no one wants developed.”
All of us know our own weaknesses. Many of us never take the time to think
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book presents a very clever concept. A very old camera is bequeathed to Daniel by his grandfather, but the camera’s pictures show the hidden truths rather than what is visible through the viewfinder. Daniel’s personal and professional lives are all affected by this discovery. The novel is a very intriguing page-turner that had me considering what this camera’s pictures would show about my own life. Excellent! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a preprint.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Camera Never Lies is a complicated novel with complicated issues. It is a reminder that truth be told, sticking to the truth is often awkward and people rarely do it if avoiding it is easier.
You may have heard that the path to destruction is paved with good intentions and when your good intentions have their foundations in a lie, it is very hard to make things right. This novel reveals these things and more.
Cindy Lauren
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I usually don't like magical type books, but this one did intrigue me. As much as you can see a lot of the plot lines coming, the way the story unfolds makes it a fun read. The characters are pretty well drawn, and Daniel is a piece of work.
The mysterious letter from dead grandpa, a antique camera that produces photos of 'amazing clarity' but disturbing content, layers of secrets and deceptions all combine to shatter some carefully constructed pretenses.
Even though `the right things happen and
Erin Dale
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and #netgalley for letting me read and review The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings. This was a fascinating book. Having been a counselor myself it was so interesting to see this profession from a different angle. A man receives his grandfathers camera when he dies and the pictures show the truth. Not how someone really looks but how they FEEL and what their attitudes are. It shows that his marriage and family are in trouble and how he and his wife get back to fixing ...more
Janice Lombardo
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daniel's beloved Gramps passes away at the age of 88. The two were close and a legacy was left for Daniel - an old Olympus camera. Also, Gramps wanted to remind Daniel that the camera never lies;;;

Kelly, Daniel's wife, and Milly, his 12 year old daughter, live in a rather expensive Cliffside house. A big reason is to have a large kitchen so when Daniel's next book is published Kelly can open her catering business. Actually, there are two main themes; Daniel's camera and Kelly's current job as a
Nora St Laurent
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Daniel receives his Grandfather’s camera after he passes and soon discovers it’s a special camera that doesn’t just take a picture but when developed the photographer sees deeper than what’s in the surface. It gives a peek into a person’s heart and soul. This spooks Daniel who’s a successful marriage counselor and bestselling author of a book titled No Secrets. Daniel thinks he’s hiding his own secrets in plain sight but with this special camera he’s afraid to be found out and that would destroy ...more
Connie Saunders
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel Whitely ia a successful marriage counselor, an author of a best-selling book, and he, his wife, and twelve-year old daughter should be living the dream. Instead, their family seems to be falling apart. When his grandfather dies and leaves him a letter, a photo album, and the camera that he had used to take so many pictures, Daniel finds himself unnerved by what the pictures show. He discovers that Gramp's older camera is extraordinary because it produces final photographs that are nothing ...more
Tabitha Bouldin
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.5 stars
What happens when you are faced with your own secrets? What happens when those secrets threaten everything you know and love?

There is a lot to unpack in The Camera Never Lies and I would rather you read it for yourself and see what ‘truths’ come to your mind.

Daniel touts the line “No Secrets” but he’s carrying around a heap of secrets, as are his wife and daughter.

A hard-hitting novel full of truths and a touch of the speculative, which showcases the power of secrets and what they can
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As he did in The Baggage Handler, Rawlings uses a man with special insights into people's souls to present a story about the secrets and lies we keep to ourselves. It's a very clever story as Daniel Whiteley and his family are confronted by the revelation of each others secrets and fears.

Daniel receives as a parting gift on the death of his grandfather ("Gramps") an old camera. A camera that takes 'special' photos. It doesn't just capture the on-the-surface reality but the truth hidden within
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars rounded up
Rawlings has an incredible imagination and his themes are spot on, as it was with his first novel. This book explores the theme of secret keeping and the effects that has on relationships and a person's entire life. Keeping the secrets becomes more and more difficult as time passes. Overall, this book is worth reading because that message is powerful. Loved the idea of this magical camera that sees the truth.
However, the novel had a few issues for me. The characters seemed
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings is a thought-provoking Inspirational novel.

Daniel Whitely's inheritance from his beloved Gramps is a vintage camera and a photo album he has never seen. Daniel is touched by the accompanying letter but confused by the photos. Nevertheless, he is eager to try out the camera but he is very perplexed by the pictures he receives after they are developed. The images capture his life as it really is, not how Daniel perceives it. Growing more disturbed with each
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, arc, netgalley, 2019
After his beloved grandfather's funeral, Daniel Whitely receives the prized and mysterious camera his grandfather purchased a decade ago. Seeing the photos developed over the next three weeks, and guided by a charismatic - if not slightly mysterious - photo lab technician, Daniel embarks on a journey of discovery and clarity.

The idea for this book felt original and fantastical, but the narrative was very repetitive with poor character development. The characters lacked tangible depth and
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like it when a novel challenges me to live a better version of myself. This novel did that in the realm of keeping secrets. Rawlings portrays well the desire to keep secrets in order to maintain one's reputation, status in society, income, etc. There is generally a high cost in revealing secrets, however, and I was disappointed Rawlings failed to ultimately portray that. I feel the struggle does not end when secrets are revealed but does include the task of picking up the shattered pieces of ...more
Carol Keen
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book. Why? It starts with the camera. I have a long history with cameras, photos, and darkrooms. That made this irresistible for me. Daniel is a marriage counselor, and his life is falling apart. Using a camera from his Grandfather, the images Daniel takes show things that are raw, unfiltered, and for him, often unexpected. What issues and insights will be reveled with each image and how will Daniel handle it? I was so intrigued. I found this book to be a very fast read, with ...more
Julie Van de Meulebroecke
I received The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings as an ARC by Netgalley. The Camera Never Lies is a story about keeping secrets and the importance of being honest with people in your lives. Daniel is a marriage counselor who is married to Kelly. They have a teenage daughter named Milly. The novel begins with the death of David's grandpa. In his will, Gramps leaves David his old Olympus camera. The camera has an inscription on the bottom - No matter what you think you might see, the camera lies ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting story with many life lessons and some magical elements thrown in.

The story revolves around Daniel, a marriage counselor who is struggling in his own marriage. He has just received a camera from his grandfather, who passed away, and quickly finds out that "the camera never lies".

There are great themes weaved throughout the story, the main one being honesty. Sometimes honesty is difficult but it is very important (as Daniel quickly discovers).

This book raised a lot of
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a good story ! And, without revealing too much, the accuracy of the description of feelings is absolutely incredible ! What "finesse" ! Everyone has a photo album, and, from now on, I bet all the readers will stare at their pictures with "another" eye ! The book raises many questions about "what if" . The plot could be close to a fairy tale, mixed up with questions we ought to ask sometimes about ourselves. David Rawlings got true talent to slowing compose a picture of our ways to ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A very different read, about not seeing what is in front of you, and a lot like the Twilight Zone, but a modern version using an old camera and black and white film.
This book will make you think, and what are we seeing, is it real, or just what we want to see? This is a read that will definitely show you that we perceive things differently, and innocent flirtation can turn to a romantic gesture, a silly fight with a spouse can be seen as a parent split by a child, and other innocent or what we
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a delightful surprise. I liken it to the Twilight Zone, there's something happening that no one can quite explain that is teaching a lesson that is necessary, but completely unwanted by those involved. I liked the main character, I could relate to his struggles both at work and at home. I enjoyed waiting to see what the next photos would show, and also enjoyed that the was a film camera which harkened me back to the days of anticipation after dropping off film for developing. What ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2019
David Rawlings takes a simple idea of an antique camera and secrets to create an engrossing story that had me not wanting to stop reading and never wanting the book to end. Which is a double-edged sword for a reader. I wanted to know what was going on with the pictures yet I was so captivated by the story I wanted to stay in the world of Daniel, Kelly, and Milly.

This will be on my top reads list for the year. When an author keeps me that engrossed it's definitely a winner! I highly recommend
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