Details

TitleLooker
AuthorLaura Sims
ISBN1501199110
ImprintLaura Sims Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
FormatHardcover
Pages192

Description

A dazzling, razor sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.In this superb new psychological thriller, an unraveling woman becomes fixated on her neighbor the beautiful, successful actress Trapped in a rundown apartment and dead end job, the unnamed narrator is unhappily childless and recently separated She can t help noticing with wry irony that the actress, meanwhile, has her face on the side of every bus, a gleaming brownstone, a handsome husband, and three beautiful children, including a baby Though they live just a few doors apart, the two women are separated by a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment.Obsessed with her collapsed marriage, her relationship ending infertility, the daily injustices she suffers at the hands of her expensive and exhausting city, and, most of all, with her movie star neighbor, the narrator initially seems bitter but benign Yet, as late summer turns to fall, she becomes increasingly unhinged and, 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 dark and irretrievable madness.Witty, playful, and searingly sharp, Looker is an enormously entertaining debut that is part tightly coiled Hitchcockian thriller and part sendup of those living their best lives in the post gentrified, Instagram ready city Driven by a fresh, astonishing, and fearlessly original voice, this slender novel packs a powerful punch.

Reviews

Sana

Looker By Laura Sims

This sounds like an extremely twisted version of The Woman in the Window because obsession and I m here for it


Michael Schein

Looker By Laura Sims

Looker is the book Edgar Allen Poe might have written if he had been born in the age of television and had entered middle age in the era of social media Its got something for everyone thrills for fans of thrillers, character development for literary fiction fans, and plenty of high concept for every... (Sign in to see more)


Dorie

Looker By Laura Sims

Excellent.Sick and twisted but subtle Short for a novel, long for one long perfect chapter I loved it Absolutely loved it.


Meg L.

Looker By Laura Sims

Looker enthralled me from the first page, and I barely looked up until the end I was totally consumed by the narrator s life, her inner voice, her struggles and victories I was cheering her on even when I knew I shouldn t be Looker has the propulsive plot of a thriller, but the very fine writing and... (Sign in to see more)


Courtney Brkic

Looker By Laura Sims

I read an early copy of this, and it stayed with me for a very long time The book is beautifully written, and manages that rare combination of depth and humor It explores so many things what it means to be a woman in 21st century America, mental illness, our obsession with celebrity I found myself e... (Sign in to see more)


Karen

Looker By Laura Sims

If you pick up LOOKER, prepare to remain glued to it until the heart stopping end Tautly and gorgeously written, this literary thriller had me flipping pages to find out what happened while simultaneously savoring Laura Sims deliciously dark, clever, and entertaining prose LOOKER kept me unsettled a... (Sign in to see more)


Camille Guthrie

Looker By Laura Sims

Looker captured me I know it sounds like a clich , but I couldn t put it down It s enthralling it s shocking it s marvelously written it s totally surprising I m sure it will be compared to Hitchcock when it comes out I think everybody will be talking about this book when it comes out.


Jessica

Looker By Laura Sims

I loved this book and couldn t put it down I just had to keep going to see what what WHAT was going to happen While the narrator is definitely spiraling out, I was also on her side, seeing parts of her in me So good.


Jen Lee

Looker By Laura Sims

Completely captivating and beautifully written I kept highlighting favorite parts so I can go back to them again and again.


Viktorija RutkauskaitÄ—

Looker By Laura Sims

I disliked the book For me it was without point.


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