PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019
Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the eARC copy of this book to read and share my review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
The main character whom is unnamed in this book, quickly becomes obsessed with her beautiful, actress neighbour. Her neighbour seems to have everything she doesn’t – a handsome, doting husband, children, happiness, successful and fulfilling career. She becomes literally obsessed with this woman and her family, watching her when she is either outside, peeking through their windows, following her, etc.
She was so obsessed with her famous neighbour that it was interesting to read what she would do next. She was such an unpredictable character, you never knew what she would be up to next and what crazy thing she would do. I found myself wanting to flip through the pages to read more crazy ideas and thoughts that flitted through her mind.
What started as a simple encounter turned quickly into a dark obsession. Imagine someone becoming obsessed with you and your family, and watched your every move. Would you know that you were being watched?
MY RATING: 3/5 stars