Looker

Looker

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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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 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 actress. The 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2019]
ISBN: 9781501199134
1501199137
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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HerNameHere
Apr 03, 2019

I wasn't going to stick with this one but didn't have anything else queued up.

Very muddled. The ending was so abrupt that I was beginning to think not all of the book downloaded onto my Kindle. But, no. It was the (not so end) ending.

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BookGrind
Feb 08, 2019

Inside the head of a bitter slightly crazy woman making bad decisions. If that's your thing you may like it. Me, I'd prefer a plot, some action, maybe a sympathetic character or two. Or something - anything - interesting.

RyanR_KCMO Jan 30, 2019

I enjoyed this book. I think that the skill in this work is introducing us to a narrator who seems normal enough, but then letting us sit by them as more and more they respond to the consequences of their own actions. There where many instances where I put a hand over my mouth and whispered "Girl, don't." The story moves in such a way that we are more like the narrator than unlike and its that welcome that allows the plot to effect us so. A quick, good read.

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jknuth
Jan 27, 2019

I went into this thinking it was going to be a thriller but it seemed more of a character study of a chick who starts to lose it and becomes obsessed with her actress neighbor. And becomes more of a crazy cat lady than I. It was a linear reading experience of skepticism of the main character. Save yourself and read something else.

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tracebroyles
Jan 17, 2019

This was a complete waste of three hours of my life. I just kept telling myself it had to get better, there had to be some purpose, some great encounter to make it all worthwhile. Spoiler: there wasn't. It was terrible from start to finish. The whole "lady loses her mind and tanks her life" idea has been done better.

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