REVIEW – Shutter by Eli Chastain


I get paid to photograph intimate moments in other peoples’ lives—specifically one man. During the day, I watch while he’s working, and every night I watch him while he’s f***ing. It started as a job but quickly turned into an obsession.

His name is Nikolas Gallo.

I spent years in front of the camera before I escaped. Now I’m behind it and in control of what my shutter captures. The moment I viewed Niko in the lens of my camera I found the escape I’d been searching for. I finally felt connected – whole.

There are two types of celebrity photographers: those that wait for their victim to venture into public, always allowing some semblance of privacy. And then there are those that lurk in the shadows, steadily invading lives, hunting and searching for the most private shot, and that’s what I had become.

My name is Brook Beckham and I found my inner peeping Tom.


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 Patricia’s Review

This is the debut release and first novella in a four part series by Eli Chastain.  If you enjoy stories with a bit of mystery and cater to the inner voyeur, then this series is for you. I was intrigued by the premise of this story and Eli did not disappoint with the way this story drew me in and kept me engaged.

Both characters are a bit of mystery right now. Brook dreamed of being a photographer but found herself on the other side of the lens with a career in modeling that was anything but satisfying. After abandoning the high profile profession, she lands herself a job as a celebrity photographer. It barely pays the bills but puts her on the correct side of the lens to chase her dream. Only that dream has been derailed by the fixation she has developed on Niko.

Niko appears to be a typical celebrity newly inundated to living life in the fast lane on the surface. He spends his nights with a different woman, but the scene plays out the same with each conquest through Brook’s lens. Niko likes to be in command of all things, especially where sex is concerned. But I get the impression there is much more to Niko than meets the eye.

While their first official encounter was under duress, the magnetism was present and intense. A risqué escapade amidst the patrons of a night club was sexy and full of promise of things to come with Niko and Brook. And boy were there things to come…pun intended. But secrets get revealed in an unexpected way that leaves Niko questioning all that he thinks he knows about Brook.

While the story is far from finished Eli has left me salivating for the next installment. The characters are likeable, given the little we know about them at this time, and I am anxious for the next installment to learn more. The story was enjoyable with the right mix of drama, mystery and sexual tension to keep me interested and I cannot wait for what is next.

Overall Rating 4 Stars

I was provided a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Eli Chastain is a super-secret ninja set on conquering the world one reader at a time. In reality, she’s an alter ego of a struggling author that needs a secondary route to reveal her inner most demons. Follow along to see if you are haunted by some of the same.

Chastain’s contemporary serial, Shutter, is set for publication starting in August 2014 with all subsequent volumes to be released before the end of the year.

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