Looker: A Novel by Laura SimsLooker: A Novel by Laura Sims

Looker: A Novel

byLaura Sims

Paperback | January 8, 2019

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A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.

I’ve never crossed their little fenced-in garden, of course. I stand on the sidewalk in front of the fern-and-ivy-filled planter that hangs from the fence—placed there as a sort of screen, I’m sure—and have a direct line of view into the kitchen at night. I’m grateful they’ve never thought to install blinds. That’s how confident they are. No one would dare stand in front of our house and watch us, they think. And they’re probably right: except for me.

In this taut and thrilling debut, an unraveling woman, unhappily childless and recently separated, becomes fixated on her neighbor—the beautiful, famous actress. The unnamed narrator can’t help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, they are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment. The actress, a celebrity with her face on the side of every bus, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and their three adorable children, while the narrator, working in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat.

When an interaction with the actress at the annual block party takes a disastrous turn, what began as an innocent preoccupation spirals quickly, and lethally, into a frightening and irretrievable madness. Darkly witty and searingly sharp, Looker is enormously entertaining—part tightly coiled Hitchcockian thriller and part send-up of life in the Instagram-ready city. Driven by a fresh and fearlessly original voice, this slender novel packs a powerful punch.
Title:Looker: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1982117176

ISBN - 13:9781982117177

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting! Be warned that the idea of a "Hitchcockian thriller" does not match the actual genre of the book. This book is well written and may satisfy some readers who are not looking for a psychological thriller. The back of this book is not accurate; this is not a thriller but more of a character analysis.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty cover but the story fell short This book has such a pretty cover. The story is written in the voice of an unnamed woman who has experienced major traumatic events in her life. After several failed IVFs, her husband walks out and leaves her with his cat. The story takes you on this woman’s ups and downs as she is facing the loneliness of separation, fighting to keep the cat, and seeing her teaching career coming to an end. While all this is happening, you also discover that she is obsessed with a movie star who is living on her street. She is so taken by this actress that she is willing to do what it takes to get close to her. A lot of the dialogue is in her head and paints a pretty insane picture. The story did not grab me, and I decided to give a generous 3 stars only because it was short, and the writing was good.
Date published: 2019-01-08