Looker (Paperback)Laura Sims (author)
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'A simmering sense of dread dominates this brilliant Brooklyn-set debut . . . dazzlingly creepy storytelling, reminiscent of NOTES ON A SCANDAL' Grazia
'A novel I had been craving: an unflinching portrayal of women looking upon each other as disturbingly as men do' New Statesman
A compulsive, dark domestic noir novel simmering with Hitchcockian undertones, for those who loved LULLABY or TANGERINE.
The Professor lives in Brooklyn; her partner Nathan left her when she couldn't have a baby. All she has now is her dead-end teaching job, her ramshackle apartment, and Nathan's old moggy, Cat. Who she doesn't even like.
The Actress lives a few doors down. She's famous and beautiful, with auburn hair, perfect skin, a lovely smile. She's got children - a baby, even. And a husband who seems to adore her. She leaves her windows open, even at night.
There's no harm, the Professor thinks, in looking in through the illuminated glass at that shiny, happy family, fantasizing about them, drawing ever closer to the actress herself. Or is there?
'Unsettling and compelling' Tammy Cohen
'Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious' Vogue
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
A simmering sense of dread dominates this brilliant Brooklyn-set debut . . . dazzlingly creepy storytelling, reminiscent of NOTES ON A SCANDAL. Will leave you checking your curtains at night, but this is an utterly absorbing read * Grazia *
Unsettling and compelling -- Tammy Cohen
Sims creates a compelling narrator, who is both sympathetic and disturbing * Bookseller, Editor's Choice for July *
A slim novel that has maximum drama * Red magazine *
In prose that moves between lyrical and caterwauling, the poet Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious * Vogue *
Ephemeral fiction with a hard landing - like a window, seen in passing, that glows and goes dark * New Yorker *
A sugarcoated poison pill of psychological terror * Wall Street Journal *
Looker is a powerful sylph of a book about creation and destruction and the permeable boundary between them * LitHub *
Jealousy rears its ugly head in Sims's chilling and riveting debut. In this tightly plotted novel, Sims takes the reader fully into the mind of a woman becoming increasingly unhinged, and turns her emotionally fraught journey into a provocative tale about the dangers of coveting what belongs to another * Publishers Weekly, starred review *
With an agile precision reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Laura Sims captures the obsessiveness of a woman who unravels after the collapse of her marriage. A taut, gripping portrait, all the more sinister for its elegance -- Leni Zumas, author of RED CLOCKS
This intense, gripping first novel from Laura Sims shoehorns us into a gathering disquiet and sense of dread, heightened at every turn by our sympathetic understanding of her relentlessly unraveling protagonist. The precise, observant writing slips through the skin without ever calling attention to itself -- Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter and Interior Darkness
A dark and stylish drama featuring a self-aware yet unstable narrator * Booklist *
Sims's debut is a breathless and unrelenting portrait of one woman's unraveling -- Greer Hendricks, co-author of THE WIFE BETWEEN US
By the end you'll be gasping * People *
Confronting and invigorating, a fine portrait of a psyche on the edge . . . although there's plenty of room for beauty in the writing, the quick-fire structure ramps up the pace, and there is an exciting precision and perceptiveness at work * New Zealand Listener *