It’s my turn today on the blog tour for Looker by Laura Sims. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite.
About this book…
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?
Looker isn’t a long book but it certainly packs a huge punch in a very short time. It’s a disquieting read pretty much all of the way through and I almost felt as voyeuristic as the Professor herself as I watched her life start to fall apart. We never find out the Professors name or that of the actress that she watches and develops an unhealthy obsession with but that works perfectly within the all consuming atmosphere of their situation.
I actually felt so much emotion for this woman and much as I tried, I just couldn’t take against her. Her life felt so empty with everything she loved taken away from her and even though a lot of the time she was to blame, her situation actually upset me quite a lot. She directed all of her emotions towards the actress who appeared to her to have everything she had ever wanted herself. But the unbalanced level of her obsession was hidden from those who could have helped her.
Looker is a concentrated and unnerving portrayal of jealousy, instability and loss. It made for an intense and uncomfortable reading experience but one that delivered a poetic and stylish narrative and an unforgettable main character.
Highly recommended by me.
Meet the author…
Laura Sims is the author of four books of poetry, and LOOKER is her debut novel. She lives in Brooklyn.