Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Mini Book Review: Looker By Laura Sims

Hello Bookish Peeps!

I'm back with another book review. Today's post is all about Looker by Laura Sims which was published by Tinder Press on the 25th July 2019. This will be a shorter review compared to my normal reviews as this book is only 182 pages long and I do not want to include any spoilers.

The Synopsis

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 actressThe 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.

My Thoughts

My Rating: 2 / 5 Stars 🌟 🌟 

Looker is an unsettling story about celebrity obsession and how a particular individual gradually loses her grip on reality.
This book was marketed as a Mystery/Thriller which is very misleading as it is neither of those. 

Looker is rather a dark character study of a woman having a tough time and slowly losing her mind. It provides the reader with a bird's eye view into the life of the unnamed narrator who is currently coping with trauma, emotional stress as she has recently separated from her husband after several failed IVF attempts. 

I dived into this book thinking it was a psychological thriller and was quite disappointed when I was half-way through and nothing exciting had happened yet. Nonetheless, it still had me hooked and I finished the book in one sitting. 

CW: Animal abuse and slightly graphic sex scenes.

Looker is a great rapid read and perfect for binge-reading but I feel that some parts were completely unnecessary and that it did lack a proper storyline.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a proof copy in exchange for my honest opinion!

Want to check out the book for yourself? Order your copy of Looker here  

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