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...
  • Wendy
    May 09, 2019
    Looker, by Laura Sims, was the sad journey of a woman's psychological breakdown. The unnamed narrator's deteriorating sanity was realistic and very well written. Her descent into darkness had me uneasily turning the pages. More of a psychological character study than a thriller, thi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jonetta
    Apr 18, 2019
    The focus of this story is an unnamed woman who is a married college professor teaching poetry and attempting to get pregnant. When her exhaustive attempts to have a child are unsuccessful, we watch her descent into something akin to madness as her life fails to live up to the vision s...
  • 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 ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 02, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I added this to the TBR after seeing some high ratings from friends. When my turn finally came around at the library and I went to Looker?s Goodreads? page in order to mark my ?Currently Reading? status, I was sho...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Scott S.
    Apr 04, 2019
    "She's come undone, she found a mountain that was far too high and when she found that she couldn't fly - it was too late" -- "(She's Come) Undun" by The Guess Who (1969) I remember several years ago my wife saying - with a smile - that she couldn't wait to go see Black Swan (Dar...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie Nicholas
    Mar 18, 2019
    This book was described as a "Hitchcockian thriller" and that couldn't have been further from the truth. It's witty banter, and erudite writing just wasn't enough to hold it up on its feeble legs. I found it to be a fillabuster of envy and whining that was just an arduous read. If you ...