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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 with fewer than 200 pages that s not photos of kittens that s bonkers there s no need for this book to pout, though, because not only did it serve the exact purpose i needed it to being my short reading bridge bet 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 with fewer than 200 pages that s not photos of kittens that s bonkers there s no need for this book to pout, though, because not only did it serve the exact purpose i needed it to being my short reading bridge between bardugo and james but it was also a bridge i enjoyed crossing in the grand tradition of Eileen, Notes from Underground, American Psycho, etc, Looker is a claustrophobic character study of an antiheroic unreliable narrator, wedging the reader right up in the psychological landscape of a woman in the violent throes of a spiraling nervous breakdown after a series of failures and disappointments have frayed her nerves, causing her to succumb to her lonely despair and rage, grasping at anything to stop her spinning.her anchor of choice is a fixation on her neighbors a famous actress, her screenwriter husband, and their children what was once a harmless proximity fascination with the actress that nyfc thrill of oooh, we live near a celebrity becomes a full blown obsession whose emotional tone is as unstable as everything else in the narrator s life shifting back and forth between adoration and envy, wanting to befriend her and wanting to destroy her, admiration, jealousy, covetousness fetishizing this woman and her things into a symbolic representation of everything she herself has lost Later that same night, I pause by her house on my way home from work Lights on in the kitchen The actress stands at the island, opening a bottle of wine Children in bed The husband upstairs somewhere Alone with a bottle of wine, how luxurious I ll be alone with one, too, in a few minutes, but the quality of her aloneness differs from mine Hers is fuller surrounded, swaddled even an island on whose shores laps a vibrant, busy sea Her aloneness is temporary mine is infinite Mine spreads out from the center like a puddle, muddying everything it touches the narrator s husband nathan has just moved out of their posh but poorly maintained brownstone in what i assume is park slope, after round after round of IVF treatment has left her exhausted, depressed, and still childless and man that whole process of struggling to conceive sounds barbaric and horrible she teaches adult education at an overpriced, second rate city school, but enrollment has dwindled and she only has one poetry class, leaving the bulk of her time wide open for painful reflection and succumbing to bad impulses, like a sexual preoccupation with one of her male students and the voyeuristic ritual of staring through her neighbor s kitchen window treating her private space like a scene from one of the actress movies, which she watches and rewatches night after night she has few friends, and her only companion is cat, the cat that nathan left behind and whom she had always disliked until nathan tries to make arrangements to retrieve her and then cat becomes the last strand tethering her to sanity her head is messy, chaotic, full of fantasy and hallucination, memory gaps and emotional extremes she feels like a woman shaped shadow, imagining herself unseen, invisible, and her sense of how she is perceived by others when she is seen is all highs and lows sometimes pitied, sometimes rallying herself into a theatrical version of herself, where she imagines all eyes are on her, awed by her stage glamor and confidence some of it hit a little too close to home, in a there but for the way the professional and personal disappointments, the strain of maintaining the fa ade that everything s A OK, being surrounded by peopleaffluent and seemingly untroubled when you feel like a hunched over cave troll flattened by vicious mood swings and then that self destructive but also purely relieved feeling in letting it all collapse at once, the papercut pleasure in one s own defeat like a dog rolling in stink it s a slippery slope into the straightjacket hug of madness it begins with the instagram stalking of a rival and before you know it, the line between fantasy and action have blurred and you re filling the spare room intended for your never coming baby with a celebrity s garbage.don t let it come to that use this book as cautionary tale note to self find recipe for orzo watermelon salad mirror narrator in no other way UPDATE found one this is me borrowing the shortest book the shortest book i actually wanted to read from work, because i told myself no matter what i m reading on feb 4, the MOMENT my copy of Black Leopard, Red Wolf gets here on the 5th, that s the only book i will have eyes for so hopefully i ll have enough reading time today for a one day read because i would hate to throw a borrowed book against the wall in my haste to get my marlon james fix.come to my blog 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 incredibly boring story that doesn t ever really go anywhere By the end I was confused like how was that the end That is what the story was building towards What a let down.I don t know what it is with these thrillers 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 incredibly boring story that doesn t ever really go anywhere By the end I was confused like how was that the end That is what the story was building towards What a let down.I don t know what it is with these thrillers and comparing themselves to Hitchcock This one and The Woman In The Window both do that and I honestly don t get it This book is actually about a woman who is dealing with a divorce from her husband because she can t get pregnant and she s really fucked up because of that and sometimes looking through the window and watching the actress and her family It s a really lame, mild stalker story I was expecting it to get a lot creepier or at least not exciting This main character is also really obnoxious and immature with how she deals with her divorce and she makes a lot of really stupid decisions that just had me rolling my eyes The only reason I kept reading was because it s so short and I wanted to see where it would go but the ending was massively disappointing For such a short book I felt like so much of it could ve still been cut out I just didn t see a point to any of the story to be honest idk I m so disappointed because after reading that description I was PUMPED and I thought it might be a new favorite but instead I m left feeling like I just wasted my time I don t mean to be so harsh with a one star rating but I can t give it any higher than that because I can t think of one thing I liked about it Thank you to Scribner for sending me an ARC 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 because they enjoy those types of stories, then this book would easily have a 4 average rating Instead it has been billed as a psychological domestic thriller leaving fans of thrillers disappointed I, however, love the 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 because they enjoy those types of stories, then this book would easily have a 4 average rating Instead it has been billed as a psychological domestic thriller leaving fans of thrillers disappointed I, however, love these dark descents into the mind of one character without all of the distractions involved with a true thriller Stories narrated exclusively in the psyche of an unstable person as they battle their own demons makes for an incredibly intense read and Looker ticked all of the boxes for me Looker follows an un named woman whose husband recently left her after a long battle of infertility Everything she ever wanted in life just fell apart and now she herself is following suit The internal dialogue of this woman is equally disturbing and fascinating as the reader follows her slowly circling the drain until she finally disappears Laura Sims is a brilliant writer and Looker is a triumph in foreboding cerebral storytelling I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 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 SimsLookeris a story about obsession, about how easy it can be to transfix on something when everything else isn t going your way The unnamed narrator has had a tough time lately her marriage has ended, partially because of her fertility problems, and her job as a lecturer at 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 SimsLookeris a story about obsession, about how easy it can be to transfix on something when everything else isn t going your way The unnamed narrator has had a tough time lately her marriage has ended, partially because of her fertility problems, and her job as a lecturer at a local college is in jeopardy All she has left is the cat her husband left behind, and the actress.Ah, THE ACTRESS She lives on her block, in a beautiful brownstone, with her screenwriter husband, their three young children, and a host of staff The narrator is a bit obsessed with the actress she s watched her career go from small indie films to blockbusters, and watched her profile grow Butthan that, she believes that she and the actress have so much in common, and that they could even be friends, if the actress would just give her a chance.As things start to spiral out of control in both her job and her relationship with her estranged husband, she begins to focuson the actress and her family She even has a room in her apartment which she has filled with the actress cast offs, and she thinks the actress might even appreciate that She just needs to figure out her approach, and when an interaction at the annual neighborhood block party shows promise, she gets excited and anticipates the start of a terrific friendship.But that is not meant to be And while most people would recognize the gulf between the two women, she does not She is determined that the actress will notice her, no matter what it takes.At just under 200 pages, Looker is a quick read that rapidly picks up steam At times, you re not quite sure whether what the narrator is telling us is true, or if it is just a scenario she has created in her mind, so that adds another layer to the story.Sims does an excellent job creating a portrait of mental illness and obsession, and how easy it is to focus on something you perceive to be happy and successful when you feel your life is in turmoil The book is so short, however, that I felt things ended just as they were really taking off, and the ending itself was a little abrupt But it s a suspenseful, sad, slightly creepy story that definitely kept my attention.There is some animal cruelty in the book, for those of you who avoid books that include that While some of the story certainly is predictable, some of it didn t quite go the way I thought it would, which actually pleased me, and kept me reading You may think differently about your local celebrities after this See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at Trigger warning This book talks about one s inability to have children and in detail pictures IVF process with failed result.Looker is one book that surprised me in the most positive way Going into it, I didn t expect to like it so much.To be fair, I have already watched some people talk about in on Booktube and it has pretty low rating on Goodreads, so my expectations weren t too high to begin with.I think why many readers get disappointed in the book is because, at first glance, it leaves an Trigger warning This book talks about one s inability to have children and in detail pictures IVF process with failed result.Looker is one book that surprised me in the most positive way Going into it, I didn t expect to like it so much.To be fair, I have already watched some people talk about in on Booktube and it has pretty low rating on Goodreads, so my expectations weren t too high to begin with.I think why many readers get disappointed in the book is because, at first glance, it leaves an impression that it is a thriller or mystery, when in reality it is pure literary fiction that explores one s character development.The story follows our main unnamed character as she s slowly sinking down in her madness.Her life is falling apart, after many failed IVF attempts and her husband leaving her She is having hard time to make piece with the fact that she won t be a mother even though that is all she ever wanted, and it is even harder to know that her husband who left her can have a family with another woman at some point in his life, that he has a chance she never will.In her depression her escape is the hope her new neighbour and famous actress gives her by just living near her Our main character sees her as someone who can she be friends with, and obsessively is trying to make connection, always watching the actress and her children, and even at some point of the story, she crosses the line.The story is written in first person and it is one beautifully written piece of fiction.The author used to write poetry, and it surely effected her writing in a good way.It is a short book American version has even less then 200 pages but it does not read quickly.However, I enjoyed taking my time with this novel.I understand some people would complain that not much happens in the story, and I would agree with that, but at the same time, I don t think that s a fault.Literary fiction is famous for not having big plot but big character observation, and this is exactly what this novel provides.I would recommend this book to lovers of literary fiction and once again I want to stress out this is not a thriller Read this andreviews on my blog 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 to distinguish itself from reminding me of that book.The main character in Looker is a female going through divorce from her husband and becomes obsessed with a neighbor who is a famous actress As our character spie 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 to distinguish itself from reminding me of that book.The main character in Looker is a female going through divorce from her husband and becomes obsessed with a neighbor who is a famous actress As our character spies upon the actress she sees nothing but perfection as her own life is falling apart.Now to explain my rating without giving away the entire story since the story honestly didn t consist of much Right after I began reading this I thought to myself that a certain event better not happen or I will be one unhappy camper and as you might guess that event did happen On top of my disappointment and disgust there wasn t much else to this as to me it readslike a mid life crisis during the other 98% of the story than a thrilling read Needless to say this one wasn t for me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit 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 we watch her obsessions with a neighbor start to push her over the edge Laura Sims does a good job balancing the dark thoughts with some wit and humour, allowing me to feel some sympathy here for our main character.La 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 we watch her obsessions with a neighbor start to push her over the edge Laura Sims does a good job balancing the dark thoughts with some wit and humour, allowing me to feel some sympathy here for our main character.Laura Sims does a good job creating an interesting unreliable character here and at times I was questioning what was real and what was a delusion The ending took me a bit by surprise and left me wantingand I haven t really decided if that was a good thing or not I am leaning towards good because I was satisfied with the way it ended.Thank you to Simon Schuster Canada and Laura Sims for my copy to read and review 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 evencompelled to read them At 180 pages, it was an easy decision to pick up Looker Obsession is becoming an extremely popular topic to write about With books like You by Caroline Kepnes becoming a mainstream success wit 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 evencompelled to read them At 180 pages, it was an easy decision to pick up Looker Obsession is becoming an extremely popular topic to write about With books like You by Caroline Kepnes becoming a mainstream success with the help of Netflix, the reading community seems to be captivated by the idea of stalkers and obsession I can t help but wonder if the fascination stems from the ability to view everyone s life from afar via social media Nowthan ever, we watch peoples lives what they eat, where they go, who they re with This can lead to feelings of inadequacies in our own lives When we see what everyone else is doing, we feel like our lives aren t as good or don t live up to the next persons Laura Sims addresses this fascination by writing a short but dense cautionary drama about what it means to put someone else s life on a pedestal The story follows an unnamed female narrator She is an English professor at a local college, she s been told by her husband that he wants a divorce, and she found out that she isn t able to have children She lives mostly in isolation and struggles to have meaningful interactions with anyone but she finds comfort in watching a famous actress that has just moved into her neighborhood She has an ideal life a loving husband, children, and Hollywood good looks This jealousy sets off a series of events and readers get inside the head of a woman slowly becoming out of touch with reality Written in the first person, Looker puts readers in an unsettling but entertaining position As the character goes off the rails, we go off the rails with her covering our eyes but trying to peek just a little to see what will happen on the other side The result is a poignant examination of obsession with an ending that is tragic and poetic at the same time (DOWNLOAD EBOOK) õ Looker î Vogue s Most Anticipated Books of Entertainment Weekly s One of January s Hottest Reads Literary Hub s Most Anticipated Books of Southern Living s Best New Books Coming Out WinterIn this taut, arresting debut, a woman becomes fixated on her neighbor the actress Though the two women live just a few doors apart, a chasm lies between them The actress, a celebrity with a charmed career, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and three adorable children, while the recently separated narrator, unhappily childless and stuck in a dead end job, lives in a run down, three story walk up with her ex husband s catAs her fascination grows, the narrator s hold on reality begins to slip Before long, she s collecting cast off items from the actress s stoop and fantasizing about sleeping with the actress s husband After a disastrous interaction with the actress at the annual block party, what began as an innocent preoccupation turns into a stunning and irrevocable unraveling Immersive and darkly entertaining, Looker is a searing psychological portrait of obsession 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 struggling with various areas of her life, she becomes entranced with her neighbor s perfect life As the narrator s life continues to unravel, she becomesandobsessed with her neighbor.A dark tale of one woman 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 struggling with various areas of her life, she becomes entranced with her neighbor s perfect life As the narrator s life continues to unravel, she becomesandobsessed with her neighbor.A dark tale of one woman s descent into madness This is a slow paced story, but one that kept my interest If you re looking for a twisty thriller, then pass on this one If you re looking for a dark character study, pick this book up Dark, complex, and disturbing I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.