Shutter (Hardcover)

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As the last descendent of the Van Helsing line, Micheline has a lot to live up to. She’s a tetrachromat, able to see the auras of the undead on the prismatic spectrum, and known for her skill in capturing the undead on her analog SLR camera. She and her crew – Oliver, Jude, and Ryder – are the best, but when an exorcism goes awry, the four friends are infected with a deadly soulchain curse. Disobeying direct orders, the team sets out to track down the powerful entity that infected them. Labeled renegade agents and dodging their own families, the team must face the most dangerous foe they’ve ever encountered or they won’t survive the week. Shutter offers readers a strong heroine, nonstop action, a dash of romance, and plenty of bumps in the night.

— Sara


Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she's in for one hell of a week.

About the Author

Courtney Alameda is a veteran bookseller and librarian. She holds a degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Praise For…

“This debut novel features a dark, compelling story and more than enough gore to please the most demanding horror reader.” —VOYA

“A paranormal ghost-hunting story that is a standout in the genre . . . Frightening from the first page, this is sure to please horror fans, particularly those familiar with ghost and vampire legends.” —School Library Journal

“Alameda keeps the fear dripping from the walls as she plunges headlong into this full-scale thriller . . . A page-turner for thriller fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Alameda succeeds at creating hideous creatures that are the stuff of nightmare. The rapid pacing, advanced technology, and limitless weapons just add appeal for readers seeking a supernatural thriller.” —Booklist

“Alameda’s worldbuilding is strong—this alternate version of San Francisco is dangerous and unpredictable— and her characters evoke shows like Buffy and Supernatural.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250044679
ISBN-10: 1250044677
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English