No one would dare stand in front of our house and watch us, they think.
Author: Laura Sims
Page Count: 182 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Scribner Books
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
This exploration into the mind of a woman losing her grip on reality will throw you into a dark descent. We need a new genre in the market – Psychological Introspection which solely follows one character, something along those lines. This would fit perfectly within that and would not have to be shelved under thriller/mystery because it simply wasn’t that. Similarily, I would put Bellevue Square and YOU in that category too.
I’m not a fan of thrillers personally but I love these complicated stories about the human mind and how it can spiral out of control. I’ve always been one of those people who wished my superhero power was to read the minds of others, probably because of my obsession with these dark twisted stories narrated by one unstable character.
The internal dialogue in this short story is disturbing but also felt very real and raw. After traumatic events the brain makes different connections in turn twisting thoughts and emotions into something they never would’ve thought to conjure prior to the event. After a failed marriage and many miscarriages the character looks to find something else to obesess over and the intricate look into her unravelling begins.
I had a lot of guesses to how this one would end and was pleasently surprised when none of my guesses came to fruition. The ending caught me off guard and I finished it with an intense feeling. Really great read if you like diving into psychological twists.
**Thank you Scribner for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.**