Looker

Looker

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

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Title:Looker
Author:Laura Sims
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1501199110
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:182 pages pages

Looker Reviews

  • karen
    Oct 03, 2018
    i know this book feels scorned, borrowed from work ONLY to fill the one-day reading gap before Black Leopard, Red Wolf came out. i keep telling it i was going to read it anyway, although between you and me, i was most likely going to wait for paperback because 25 dollars for a book wit...
  • Blair
    Sep 29, 2018
    Reading early reviews of Looker, I can already see it's suffering from what I think of as the Eileen problem. Like Ottessa Moshfegh's debut, this novel is being marketed as one thing (a psychological thriller) when it is actually something subtly but significantly different (a charac...
  • Elyse Walters
    Jan 24, 2019
    SIGHT SPOILERS... but important to know ahead of time.... ?Looker? was an interesting page turning short psychological study of a complex unnamed main character. Not particularly ?dark-Dark? as in horror - until closer to the end. The ending itself might be reason eno...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 08, 2019
    Well, that was a whole lotta crazy packed into a slim 180 pages! The MC in this book has grown angry and bitter after her failed attempts to create her perfect life. She cannot get pregnant, her husband has left her, her job is going nowhere, etc. She becomes fixated on her movie star ...
  • Paul
    Jan 19, 2019
    I do love me a first person, present tense, slow descent into madness. Or more madness. Meticulous and oddly funny, sharply observed, and disturbing as hell. ...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Dec 31, 2018
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest LOOKER has a somewhat misleading summary on Goodreads which I think accounts for some of the negative reviews. The summary makes you think it is going to be like Caroline Kepnes's YOU or Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL, but this...
  • Jamie
    Oct 15, 2018
    Looker is a novel that really reads more like a novella - it's fairly short in length and you never even learn the two main character's names. At about halfway, the story picks up a bit but before I can really start to care and say ooooh this is getting good, the story ends. And unfort...
  • Kelli
    Mar 01, 2019
    A super speedy race through the mind of an unreliable narrator, who is rapidly unraveling. This story is more like Loner than YOU, though both of those books had something that this book doesn?t.* Creepy, entertaining, but no more than 3.5 stars. *I figured out while talking wit...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    Jan 24, 2019
    I started reading Looker on 12/5/2018 and finished it on 1/24/2019. (Please ignore the date in this case because it has nothing to do with the book being good or bad. I experience the worst reading slump ever.) This book is a great read, though more on the depressing side. I enjoy read...
  • Darinda
    Nov 28, 2018
    A woman is obsessed with a neighbor. The obsessed woman's life is slowly unraveling, and the neighbor is a beautiful actress who appears to have the perfect life. This novel is narrated by an unnamed woman who is going through a divorce, infertility, and a failing career. While stru...
  • Larry H
    Jan 21, 2019
    3.5 stars. "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. Laura Sims' Looker is a story about obsession, about how easy it c...
  • Tooter
    Jan 22, 2019
    Whoa, that was one crazy read. Thanks for the compelling review Felicia! ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Jan 11, 2019
    At only 180 pages Looker by Laura Sims packs quite the punch and has the elements here to make this a pleasing dark and unsettling story. It has those intriguing unsettling elements of jealousy, obsession and resentment. Laura Sims takes us into the mind of our unnamed narrator as ...
  • Emily
    Jan 02, 2019
    "It's disappointing only because she belongs to us." While I absolutely love the idea of Looker, I was not a huge fan of the execution. Even though I sometimes get burned out on them, I can always be sucked in with a good stalker novel synopsis. I feel like this book is being incor...
  • Felicia
    Dec 20, 2018
    This is yet another book that will suffer in the ratings for no other reason than it doesn't fit into any genre. There really needs to be a category for deep, dark psychological studies devoted to primarily one character. If a reader chose this book based on that description and bec...
  • Linda Strong
    Dec 16, 2018
    A woman is falling apart. Her husband has left her ... and left his cat with her. That's all she has because she has no children. After years of needles and tests and the loss of lots of money, she finally gave up. She teaches part-time at a college. But she is one extremely unhappy ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Feb 09, 2019
    Looker is a haunting, considered psychological drama that slowly peels away the layers of one engaging, vivid and intriguingly believable character. Our Professor narrates the tale as her deep and abiding obsession with The Actress seeps into every corner of her life. Neither characte...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 07, 2019
    Thank you so much Scribner Books for my free copy of LOOKER - We dig deep into a woman?s psyche who is enraptured by envy and obsession in this fascinating, addictive character study. We follow an unnamed narrator: a woman who is recently separated, has a failing career, and w...
  • Gabby
    Aug 26, 2018
    What the fuck did I just read? This book is marketed as a main character becoming obsessed with the actress who lives on her street, but after reading it - that?s not really what this book is about. I?m actually left wondering what the point of this novel is exactly?? It?s an in...
  • Megan Johnson
    Mar 11, 2019
    Oof, this one was rough. Can't say I particularly enjoyed it as it all seemed a bit...pointless? It wasn't badly written or hard to follow, but I can't quite pinpoint what I should have gotten out of it. But at just under 200 pages at least I didn't waste a lot of time with it. ...
  • Kimberly Dawn
    Feb 12, 2019
    Looker is a fascinating character study of a woman?s gradual descent into madness as her tortured mind slowly unravels. The audiobook is a total guilty pleasure and held my attention throughout. With fascination we witness the downward spiral of madness as a troubled, resentful woman...
  • Carrie
    Oct 26, 2018
    Looker by Laura Sims is a thriller that is narrated by an unknown woman with stalkerish tendencies. The book is written in the style of YOU by Caroline Kepnes in which the reader is getting the story through the thoughts and interactions of the main character but it didn?t take long ...
  • Jess | thegreeneyedreader
    Feb 05, 2019
    3/5 stars - While this book was certainly suspenseful I don?t really consider it a thriller as much as an intriguing character study of an educated woman losing her mind. The main character/narrator spirals out of control, eventually losing her job and making one bad decision after a...
  • Michelle
    Nov 28, 2018
    This book is being marketed all wrong by saying that this is a mystery or thriller. It is neither one of those and if that is what you're expecting then you will be disappointed. This is a character study of a woman that is slowly losing her grip on reality. Our unnamed narrator ha...
  • Shannon
    Feb 02, 2019
    Thanks to Scribner Books for gifting me a copy of Looker by Laura Sims. I?ve seen a ton of mixed reviews for this one and I can see why. Normally, I don?t want to know ANYTHING before I start a book but with this one I?m glad I had some information on it before i started it. ...
  • Matt
    Feb 18, 2019
    I tend to gravitate towards books that are polarizing. When I was skimming through reviews of Looker, I saw a lot of 1-2 star reviews coupled with phrases like ?not what I expected? or ?I don?t get what I just read?. Whenever I see books with reviews like that I feel even mor...
  • Dennis
    Oct 10, 2018
    In NYC, this unnamed narrator is living alone with her ex-husband's cat, miserable and desperate for revitalizing her life after her countless pregnancy failures and dissolution of her marriage. Working as a literature professor, the narrator takes us on a stroll through her life, remi...
  • JuJu (Julie)
    Jan 18, 2019
    One sentence summary Laura Sims has a unique and interesting writing style. My thoughts I felt this book deserved more than 3??s, but less than 4. The story held my interest, but I was anticipating more suspense. I?ll admit sometimes it takes some twisted thrills to keep me ...
  • Elizabeth
    Dec 08, 2018
    Pre-review note: Looker is, for reasons I can't fathom, being billed as thriller/pseudo-thriller. It is not that, but it is a harrowing and haunting look at one woman's unraveling, and for those interested and willing to travel to a very dark place, this beautifully written novel is ab...
  • Elizabeth
    Dec 08, 2018
    Pre-review note: Looker is, for reasons I can't fathom, being billed as thriller/pseudo-thriller. It is not that, but it is a harrowing and haunting look at one woman's unraveling, and for those interested and willing to travel to a very dark place, this beautifully written novel is ab...