SHUTTER by Melissa Larsen blog tour and excerpt

Thank you Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for my copies!

About the book:

A Most Anticipated Novel by PopSugar * Bustle * Buzzfeed * and more!

“[A] chilling debut novel.” (The New York Times Book Review)

A young woman agrees to star in a filmmaker’s latest project, but soon realizes the movie is not what she expected in this chilling debut novel.

In the wake of her father’s death, Betty Roux doesn’t allow herself to mourn. Instead, she pushes away her mother, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves everything behind to move to New York City. She doesn’t know what she wants, except to run.

When she’s offered the chance to play the leading role in mysterious indie filmmaker Anthony Marino’s new project, she jumps at the opportunity. For a month Betty will live in a cabin on a private island off the coast of Maine, with a five-person cast and crew. Her mother warns against it, but Betty is too drawn to the charismatic Anthony to say no.

Anthony gives her a new identity – Lola – and Betty tells herself that this is exactly what she’s been looking for. The chance to reinvent herself. That is, until they begin filming and she meets Sammy, the island’s caretaker, and Betty realizes just how little she knows about the movie and its director.

Read an excerpt HERE!

My thoughts:

Rating: 3 out of 5.


There’s a TikTok (or maybe it’s a Reel?) where there’s this guy and he’s all excited to see a girl then she takes off her mask and he’s like 😳.

That’s me with this book.

I read the synopsis and was like ‘OMG I WANT/NEED THIS BOOK! (thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for my copies!), then upon actually finishing the book I was like ehhhh.

P.S. I tried something new and made a video for it! Check it out here.

About Melissa Larsen

Melissa Larsen has an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has interned and worked extensively in publishing. She lives in San Francisco, and Shutter is her first novel.

2 thoughts on “SHUTTER by Melissa Larsen blog tour and excerpt

  1. That’s such a frustrating feeling and I have been there more times than I can count. But I’m glad you still got a chance to read it and formulate your thoughts about it. Hopefully, the next book that you’re this excited about winds up being more satisfying once you read it!


  2. Sorry, it didn’t entirely live up to the hype. I hate it when that happens. Hopefully, your next read will be better. I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I do enjoy one every now and then.


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