Looker

Laura Sims (Author)
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Description

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 actress. The unnamed narrator can't help noticing with wry irony that, though she and the actress live just a few doors apart, a chasm of professional success and personal fulfillment lies between them. 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. Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining--at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.

Product Details

Price
$31.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press Large Print
Publish Date
March 27, 2019
Pages
205
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.7 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Library Binding
EAN/UPC
9781432862169
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About the Author

Laura Sims lives outside of New York City with her family. Looker is her debut novel.

Reviews

"Laura Sims' sharp debut novel is a thriller about an unhealthy fixation between neighbors, one that's propelled by the unnamed narrator's unraveling as she descends into a vortex of resentment and obsession."
--Southern Living, Best New Books Winter 2019

"Jealousy rears its ugly head in Sims's chilling and riveting debut. In this tightly plotted novel, Sims takes the reader fully into the mind of a woman becoming increasingly unhinged, and turns her emotionally fraught journey into a provocative tale about the dangers of coveting what belongs to another."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Readers fond of protagonists who profess to guzzling wine at nine a.m. will breeze right through this one's bad decisions, moments of shocking clarity and cruelty, and--no spoilers!--total undoing. A dark and stylish drama featuring a self-aware yet unstable narrator."
--Booklist