The Camera Never Lies

The Camera Never Lies

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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 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 his photos, they threaten to reveal secrets that could sabotage both his marriage and his career—exposing him as a fraud and destroying the life he has worked so hard to build. 

He’s faced with a choice: keep his secrets and save his career or come clean and save his family. Which will he choose? Which would you choose?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799709893
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father of three who loves humor and a clever turn of phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

Website:; Facebook: David Rawlings – Author; Instagram: davidrawlingsauthor.

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The Camera Never Lies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
amybooksy 4 hours ago
The Camera Never Lies is the first book I have read by David Rawlings and it will definitely not be the last. The writing style and story line is a little bit different than what I am used to, which I found to be a nice change to read something a little unique. I enjoyed this quick read and meeting Daniel. It was interesting to take the journey with him and the lessons he learned about life. It was really thought provoking and made me stop to think about some things throughout. What a magical tale that needed to be told! I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. I am giving The Camera Never Lies four and a half stars. I would love to read more by Mr Rawlings in the near future. This one is definitely worth a read. I think many readers would enjoy this clean and inspiring story. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
mypreciousbitsandmusings 17 hours ago
Secrets have a way of pulling us down especially if it's the wrong kind being kept. That's the premise of this book and the author tried really hard to highlight it in a fun an interesting manner. Our hearts may not necessarily be revealed immediately but our actions portray what we are thinking and the harder we try to hide our real intentions, the harder it becomes for us to love comfortably. Daniel and Kelly dealt with this throughout the course of the book. O love the way the realised the freedom that comes from being honest. That were much happier as a family even if they had to face certain consequences because of their actions. It was a great read and recommended for those who love allegory. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
vics49548 23 hours ago
I’ve never read a book quite like this. Other reviewers say that it is very much like a Twilight Zone episode and I’d have to agree. Deep secrets come to light as well as the price that comes with them. Not just individual lives are affected, but entire families. Author David Rawlings does a great job with his novel, making us face what we would look like if photos told only the truth. The truth about not only what happened, but about what emotions and feelings were involved, also. Kind of a scary concept, it will challenge you and make you look at your own life differently. Full of life lessons and challenges, I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
bmrawlins 23 hours ago
This book should come with a warning label to read only if you are prepared for your heart to be challenged and changed. Fans of the Baggage Handler and James L. Rubart will absolutely want to read this book. Be prepared to devour it, then allow yourself to savor the depth of truth that it shares. Daniel is graciously gifted a camera that reveals the truth behind the masks we wear every day and what can happen when those truths are not addressed. It makes the point that lies, and sin, cannot only affect the person trapped by them, but do indeed spread to all those who interconnected in their life. A chance at redemption if you are willing to stop pretending and expose the truths you are desperately trying to hide behind. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own and freely given.
Janice Lombardo 1 days ago
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 pharma rep. The marriage is in a rocky period and Milly is 12 appears to be a brat... As pictures are taken (some of these pictures; Daniel has no idea who has even taken them) there are strange views in the images. Daniel had brought the film in to be developed by the "only game in town", "Simon's". Simon, himself, is a bit odd.. Excellent character development and plotline! I can only say that I find this book to be a MUST READ!!! Many Thanks to Thomas Nelson, Publishing and NetGalley for a wonderful read!
RMeckley 2 days ago
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.
Erin_Slocum 2 days ago
My Thoughts on The Camera Never Lies: The Camera Never Lies will force you to take a deep look into your own life and think about what it would be like to have all your secrets exposed. Should they stay secrets? Who are we hurting or protecting by keeping them secrets? I have to admit this was not just a fun read for me. It was a challenging read. What would happen if I had a camera like that? Who would I see? What secrets of myself would I find exposed? Would I want them exposed? This is a very good read with lots of information to make you think. It’s not going to be a feel-good read. There is a mystery and there are lies and secrets galore. What will people do to protect their secrets? It made me really think about what my own secrets might be and what would happen if I made them no longer secrets. I do recommend this book and think it will appeal to lots of people. The author has a gift for writing and coming up with a very unique storyline. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Anonymous 3 days ago
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 communicate, in time of crisis. This is mind blowing. The quality of the descriptions are a pure joy. This is not a script for a movie, the author, in simple words and very easy to follow narrative, brush a picture of some of our contemporaries. I strongly recommend ! I received a copy in echange for a fair review. All opinions are mine.
A_N 3 days ago
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 this book! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KiahJT 3 days ago
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 doesn’t allow for as much character development as longer books do. Everything just wraps of too neatly at the end leaving the reader to make a number of assumptions. The flaws are more than made up for in the quality of the book, so I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.
brf1948 3 days ago
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, David Rawlings, and Thomas Nelson publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. David Rawlings writes a tight, well-paced tale with interesting word pictures here and there that you can savor. I am happy to recommend his work to friends and family. The Camera Never Lies is based on that old adage about the cobbler's children going barefoot - our protagonist Daniel Whitely is a highly acclaimed family counselor with one best-selling self-help book out and rumors of another in the works. His wife Kelly is a rep for a pharmaceutical company making a hot new drug to help young children basically addicted to their screens - notebook, IPad, iPhone, etc. Their daughter Milly is 12 and losing it, showing signs of deep depression and has isolated herself from every aspect of her life, failing at the school that she once aced, friendless and suicidal. But Dad is focused on work - he is making bad decisions with employees and months behind on the draft of his second book. His editor is ready to take back the big advance for this work, which is already spent on the downpayment of their ritzy new home. Kelly is working to fill the financial gap until the next book sells, at a job she hates. Her dream is to set up a catering business but this temporary job pays the bills for now. But there are rumors of side effects to this new drug - serious migraine-like headaches, some requiring hospitalization. The drug company reassures its staff that this is all malarky, that the rumors are just that, but she is vocally skeptical - which doesn't sit well with her bosses. She knows she has to keep this job until Daniel finishes this next book, but she vows to not pass on the reassurances recommended by the bosses if specifically ask about the rumors. Meanwhile, Daniel's Grandpa dies. His only real legacy is an old, beat-up leather briefcase containing the still lingering aroma of Old Spice and a vintage Olympus HS-10 Infinity camera containing a spool of exposed photos to be developed and a small album of pictures, most faded and almost without color. David is touched, and curious to see what the exposed film in the camera contains, and sets his secretary to work finding someplace he can get the pictures developed. His Grandfather loved that old camera. Engraved on the bottom of the camera, Grandfather assures that 'no matter what you think you might see, the camera never lies'. But the pictures taken on the Olympus are not exactly what was focused on - each picture portrays what the subject was thinking, or imagining. In one, David is holding hands with his co-worker Anna, Milly is doing a handstand on the balcony guardrail 200 feet about the street, the new secretary making eyes at David, and Kelly is always MAD. And Milly is in serious trouble. What a wake-up call! Will the Whitely family be able to overhaul their lives, get control of each day lived fully and together, or are they destined to come apart? Because according to the camera, they are all in very hot water...
Librarycataloger 4 days ago
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 like the original shot. Was someone doctoring the photos? Was it a magical camera, able to project the true feelings of the person being photographed? Over and over, Daniel is told that ''the camera never lies". As he seeks answers an eccentric character named Simon reminds Daniel that "The camera reveals how our lives truly are. We can't trick it, even if sometimes we think we can trick ourselves and everyone around us." I found this book to be very intriguing and I wondered what my photograph would show if this camera was used to take my picture! The Camera Never Lies is a reminder that we often keep secrets to avoid pain or embarassment but these secrets can destroy our lives and the truth needs to be made known. It doesn't have a strong spiritual presence in the plot but author David Rawlings does convey in his story the need for honesty and he mentions the consequences and dangers of alcohol abuse, addiction, and acting on physical attraction. If you are looking for an entertaining story that will also make you think, you will want to read The Camera Never Lies. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley but I wasn't obligated to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
Ian_Acheson 5 days ago
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 the hearts of those included in the photos. Daniel is a well drawn character, a seemingly successful marriage counsellor, best selling book, magnificent home overlooking the ocean but not all is as it seems. Clearly, Gramps knew this by giving Daniel his unique camera. What unfolds is a enthralling story about a man, his marriage/family and business being challenged by the secrets he has hidden from everyone. Interestingly, Rawlings also explores the notion of perceptions and how misguided they can be. Often, we see Daniel misunderstanding what is going on, especially when it comes to his daughter's struggles, due to relying on his perceptions. I liked Milly, Daniel and Kelly's daughter. She's a teen who is now struggling at school and life because of what's going on at home. But Daniel can't see that. He needs the revelation of the camera to show him. There are so many good messages in this story and it had me stop to think about the secrets and perceptions I'm hiding in my heart. Having read The Baggage Handler, Rawlings first novel, it's clear that he has grown as a writer as he continues to write contemporary stories with a 'speculative' twist that challenge the reader to explore the deeper aspects of their heart and soul. Well done, David Rawlings.
amandainpa 6 days ago
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 moral questions and scenarios that I caused me to consider for my own life (what would I do?) and I am still thinking about it after I've finished reading it.  The story is very clean and the content is appropriate.  I highly recommend this story.  I received this book from the publisher/author to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
marongm8 7 days ago
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 never lie. This is the first time I have read a book and have been taught a valuable lesson at the same time. I have read many books with strong themes and captivating messages but none that have really stuck with me as The Camera Never Lies. I know our patrons will be very fond of this book and will want to read it right away and I can't wait to share it with them. We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
MKF 8 days ago
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. His wife Kelly is currently selling pharmaceuticals but wants to open a catering company. His daughter Milly is 12 with all the issues of a 12 year old girl. This is really about how these three make their way back to each other. It also asks you to think about what you value most. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.