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Looker: A Novel

Looker: A Novel

Написано Laura Sims

Озвучено Katherine Fenton


Looker: A Novel

Написано Laura Sims

Озвучено Katherine Fenton

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3.5/5 (145 оценки)
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5 hours
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Издано:
Jan 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781508267782
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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Описание

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 — a psychologically suspenseful and fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.

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Издано:
Jan 8, 2019
ISBN:
9781508267782
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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Laura Sims lives outside of New York City with her family. Looker is her debut novel.


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  • (4/5)
    Very interesting look at the thoughts and behaviors of a woman who is mentally unraveling. You’re along for the ride as her thoughts and behaviors spiral. You’re wondering what brought her to this state. She explains major issues that are depressing her and as you see her interactions with others, you try to figure out if she was this way before her issues or as a result of them.
  • (3/5)
    Interesting but boring with no real payoff. Could have been a great full length novel with more plot. Great portrayal of a woman devolving into mental illness though.
  • (5/5)
    A real life look at obsession.Scary! But it's a real issue.
  • (3/5)
    It was a good story but no action, your just waiting for something to happen and nothing
  • (1/5)
    This was one of the worst books I have ever read...
  • (2/5)
    If you’ve ever found yourself avoid conversations with bitter, negative, constantly complaining people you should avoid this novel! The protagonist spends most of the time bitterly complaining about everything in her life. The plot is about a woman who desperately wants a child but cannot have one devolving into obsession with her actress neighbor. Unfortunately it’s confusing trying to distinguish her fantasies from reality. It’s poorly written, difficult to follow, and everyone in the book is unlikeable except “the actress” who is only seen from the stalker’s 2 dimensional perspective. However the audiobook narrator does a wonderful job of sounding bitter and sinister. Content warning: animal death/murder.
  • (2/5)
    26 chapters in on the audio book and NOTHING has happened.
  • (4/5)
    Scary picture of a woman losing her mind. This book will make you cringe. The narrator is great.
  • (2/5)
    Author spent an inordinate amount of time building up the main characters mania or psychosis brought on by failed IVF and the eventual dissolution of her marriage. I assume this is what lead to the obsession however it didn’t gel well. The book ended flat. The way most Netflix movies do where they spend an entire film belaboring the point that a person is crazy, house is haunted and then the point is confirmed but the movie ends! That’s exactly how this book ended! I was annoyed I invested so much time listening to a book for it to end on a cliff hanger.
  • (1/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I thought this would be a psychological suspense novel in the “unreliable narrator” genre, but it turned out to be a fairly boring, rambling narrative much like reading the diary of a bitter teenager. Well written novels in this genre create suspense and tension by providing a realistic point of view to counterpoint the crazy character ‘s rant. This just had the rants and ramblings, no real suspense, as the main character falls apart. I did make it through the whole audiobook and the narrator is fine so the one star goes to her.

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  • (5/5)

    4 people found this helpful

    Oh my gosh! The main character in this book is absolutly nuts, but it was so well written and keeps your attention from the first word to the very end. Also the narrators reading made this book that much better. This one I'd definitely listen to again.

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  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Takes the concept of the “unreliable narrator” to the extreme; at least in its audio version the reality vs. fantasy element is so murky that the story loses tension. You wind up spending most of the novel waiting for her to kill the cat.

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