Looker by Laura Sims

ebook, 192 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Scribner
About the Book:
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.

I am glad this book was short, it was very hard to get into. The story and writing are ok and the plot was different than any other I'd read, but that was about the only thing that kept me reading. Talk about unlikeable characters, I didn't care for any of these self-centered people and therefore couldn't really be interested in any of them and the ending felt a little flat. I wish the author the best of luck with this book but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Thank you NetGalley, Scribner and Laura Sims for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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