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Looker | Laura Sims
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SquirmyBookwormy
Looker | Laura Sims
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Mehso-so

Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this one. I feel like it didn‘t really have an ending. Like it was building toward something that never happened. But it‘s a short, quick read so I don‘t regret it.

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readordierachel
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If I take this novel in small bites, I enjoyed it. I highlighted several passages. For example:

"I‘m on an Emily Dickinson high, and I feel like cramming her sharp little words and lines down their throats. I mean, lovingly. Adoringly, even. It would be so good for them, so nourishing."

If I take it as a whole, I'm left itchy by this tale of a woman obsessed with her famous neighbor. ?

readordierachel She becomes more and more fixated as her own life unravels. I got some light Eileen vibes. And though it felt repetitive, and I was unmoved by any of it, it did keep me quickly turning the pages. 3 ⭐ 1mo
mrp27 That's a great quote. 1mo
Librariana Great review! 😊👍🏼💜📚 1mo
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Reggie I loved this book. I post this on every review but her setting her dish at the neighborhood bbq was so tense!!! Also, this was the first book of a couple that introduced me to couples who separate because one can‘t have kids and I just don‘t get it. But I‘m not straight or a woman so w/e. But it still bothers me. 1mo
batsy That's quite a quote! 1mo
readordierachel @mrp27 @batsy this part really jumped off the page! 1mo
readordierachel @Librariana Thanks! 😊 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie That whole BBQ was one of the best scenes. And I don't really get that either. I've heard of people separating because one wants kids and the other doesn't. But just not being able to physically have them yourself seems like a very sad reason to split. There are other options! But I think the relationship in the book clearly had some other problems too. 1mo
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DoonTheGoon
Looker | Laura Sims
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Day six of #7days7covers - also TBR... but look at this gorgeous cover!!!

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MySharonaK
Looker | Laura Sims
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Just got this from the library, any of you read it? Did you like it ?

Jenken1998 I enjoyed it! 6mo
MySharonaK @Jenken1998 good, glad to hear :) 6mo
Reggie It‘s a very cringey read! But I enjoyed it. 6mo
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MySharonaK @Reggie interesting! 6mo
MySharonaK @Reggie just finished, I understand what you mean about the cringey read. I enjoyed it too though :) 6mo
Reggie Yeah, I‘ve never been “Omg, What‘s gonna happen??!!!!” in other books when a character sets down a dish at the neighborhood bbq. Lol 6mo
MySharonaK @Reggie 😂 exactly!! Lol 6mo
Smrloomis @Reggie @MySharonaK this book doesn‘t really sound like my thing but after your guys‘ exchange I almost want to read it! 🤔😂 6mo
Reggie @Smrloomis The book is a little crazypants but then it gets dark. 6mo
MySharonaK @Reggie @Smrloomis yeah definitely it‘s dark and crazypants (and really cringey) but I think that it‘s an interesting read 6mo
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Kappadeemom
Looker | Laura Sims
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I didn‘t love this one. An unnamed narrator‘s internal dialogue as she grows more mentally unstable. Trigger: animal harm 😿🚫

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Kappadeemom
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Not ready for Monday #dogsoflitsy

Bookzombie Me either!💕🐶 (edited) 6mo
Reggie This book is soooo cringey!! I enoyed it. 6mo
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Kappadeemom
Looker | Laura Sims
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Starting this small book as a nice break between big books ❤️

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Lel2403
Looker | Laura Sims
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Pickpick

This is an utterly compelling tale, disturbing and heartbreaking at the same time….it shows how some people use others‘ lives as a measure of their own, leading to dissatisfaction and feelings of inadequacy, especially when at a low point.

Unsettling, disturbing and I felt like a voyeur myself, watching this drama unfold. Thought provoking and magnificent…

https://orlando-books.blog/2019/07/25/looker-by-laura-sims-book-review/

Reggie Great review!!! I liked this book despite how uncomfortable I felt the whole time. That setting down of the dish at the neighborhood picnic.... so tense. Lol 7mo
Lel2403 @Reggie isn‘t it? You‘re just waiting for something to happen all the time..... 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

This reminded me of several other books --I'll try to tag them in the comments, time allowing. It wasn't amazing but wasn't horrible either. So-so for this tale of obsession, despair, depression, and envy.

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Cinfhen
Looker | Laura Sims
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Congrats to @TheLibrarian on her #95kGiveaway ❤️🙌🏻🎉Celebrating in true Litsy style Carrie is sharing her big Litfluence number by gifting 2 books from the above stack. US Littens only. I‘d like to try The Line That Held Us and Looker, especially since @Reggie sung it‘s praises 🧡Thanks for the opportunity.

TheLibrarian Thanks for entering!!! 8mo
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Kaylamburson
Looker | Laura Sims
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My sister just sent me this post from I Am Well and Good on Instagram, and my scorpio pick sounds right up my alley. Officially stacked!

Does the book for your zodiac sign match your reading interests?

MelissaSue81 Hmm. I already read mine (Leo). It was just okay for me. 9mo
Kaylamburson Oh, interesting. I def heard a lot of buzz about it. @MelissaSue81 9mo
MelissaSue81 @Kaylamburson - yeah, it definitely wasn‘t bad, but didn‘t live up to all the hype for me 9mo
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ravenlee Virgo. Um, no. 9mo
Amiable Taurus. And I hate cooking. 🙄 9mo
BookCottageBlog I'm a Leo, and I just finished Daisy Jones & The Six. I really enjoyed it - hmmm, maybe there is something to this chart. 😃
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swynn I'm a Virgo and I loathe gimmicky self-help. Glad others have found it the chart fun, though. 9mo
Recommended4Reading @Amiable This Taurus Bull agrees witcha...I don't want to cook.

@Kaylamburson This is cute tho! Thanks for sharing!
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Smrloomis Hmm, mine is Elizabeth Gilbert and I can‘t stand her 🤷🏻‍♀️ oh well, maybe next time. 9mo
Kimberlone I‘m also a Scorpio! I‘ll have to check out the tagged book 9mo
Kaylamburson Hahaha seems like none of you are amused by your book choice Haha. @ravenlee @Amiable @swynn @Recommended4Reading 9mo
Kaylamburson Haha maybe there is something to it! I love these fun things. @BookCottageBlog @Kimberlone 9mo
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MoniqueReads305
Looker | Laura Sims
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I'm happy I didn't go into this book thinking it was a thriller because I would have been disappointed. That being said this is really fascinating. I really don't want to put it down.

#currentlyreading

Reggie Ohhhh I liked this one. 9mo
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MoniqueReads305
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I have several books in my TBR that I should be reading but I was in the mood for a thriller. I'm a little bit worried because the Goodreads reviews aren't great. It's a short book so... 🤞🏿

#24b4Monday
#currentlyreading

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Reggie
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This colorfully dark story is about an unnamed woman hurtling towards the edge of her sanity. I spent most of this book in an upper body clench because of how awkward this got. And then I was afraid of and for this woman. Laura Sims is a great writer who you can tell is also a poet. This rich character study won‘t be for everyone but it was a pick for me! Thanks @collegecatlady for this selection. #groupZ

batsy Nice review, Reggie. I like the sound of this. 9mo
Reggie @batsy it reminded me of Indecent a little. I think you‘d like it. 9mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great review, stacked ♥️👍🏻 9mo
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Reggie @Cathythoughts Thanks!! 9mo
Nute Scared to read this, but want to read it after this review. Nice job, Reggie. Stacked! 9mo
Reggie @Nute Thanks!! I hope you like it. 9mo
Redwritinghood I liked this too. Crazy but good. 9mo
Reggie @Redwritinghood I almost didn‘t want to read the last 10 pages because I was afraid of what was going to happen. 9mo
Reggie @Redwritinghood lol, also I‘ve never been so tense as when someone is just setting down their dish for a neighborhood bbq. 9mo
LA_Mead @Reggie that WAS a crazy book! The narrator was so creepy. 9mo
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Reggie
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This unnamed narrator, who is an English professor is probably thinking “#SaveMe from these future wannabe #paperbackwriter (s)!” Just started this book tonight and thought it was a straight up stalker book by its description but it‘s so much more. #BeatleMaynia #MovieMayMagic

Eggs Another great combo🤗 9mo
Reggie @Eggs Thanks!! 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl It came into my shop today, should I scoop it up and bring it home to read? 9mo
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Reggie @CoverToCoverGirl it‘s the portrait of a young woman who is drowning at life because she has failed at being fertile after failed Invitro shots which has led to the dissolution of her marriage and because she has no one else around her she spends most of the time inside her head with very uncomfortable thoughts that lead to uncomfortable actions. I haven‘t clenched this much while reading a book in a long time. But can I put it down? No. Lol 9mo
Cinfhen Are there similar vibes to 9mo
Reggie @Cinfhen funny you should ask that, there were parts that happened today that made me think of Tampa. 9mo
Cinfhen Just what I wanted to hear....#stacked 😉 9mo
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Blair_Reads
Looker | Laura Sims
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Having a night in. Italian food cooking and a thriller in my lap 🖤

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KimmyM
Looker | Laura Sims
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I could not put this one down! It was a super absorbing, twisted read and I think I liked it?!

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KimmyM
Looker | Laura Sims
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Starting this today! My library hold came in sooner than I expected #libraryloot

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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
Looker | Laura Sims
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Already super into this one! Obsession, unraveling, mania- all things that make a great book that you can‘t put down!!!

jpellet That book cover is creepy! 10mo
CatsCoffeeAndBooks @jpellet the book is creepy!!! 10mo
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Shuks22
Looker | Laura Sims
Mehso-so

Sooo confusing... definitely kept me on my toes! I couldn‘t believe this crazy lady. But still the ending and like no purpose for the whole book...

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akfreeborn
Looker | Laura Sims
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Pickpick

I thought this was a great book exposing the unraveling of a woman. At first you can relate but then she seems to be a little off and then before you know it she seems dangerous. I recommend it.

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Mccall0113
Looker | Laura Sims
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Kiddo on the mend. On to this book! Thanks @collegecatlady

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Reagan
Looker | Laura Sims
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Today has been a real ridiculous day at work in which I was way too hard on myself and texted my husband that I was getting fired. At least my boss laughed 😕 but I read this little gem and LOVED IT! Kind of surprised by the lowish ratings on GR, it‘s like a character study that I wouldn‘t classify as “literary” in which a woman‘s obsession with her actress neighbour gets dangerously out of control. It made me squirm.

mcipher Awww, those days are the worst. I hope you have a nice relaxing evening and can start fresh tomorrow ! 11mo
Reagan Thanks @mcipher! At least I left knowing everything is good, now I just need a good book and a good sleep. 11mo
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collegecatlady
Looker | Laura Sims
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I ended up choosing this fairly new release for our #lmpbc group and I won‘t say much, but I thoroughly enjoyed this in depth character study of a novel. I can‘t wait to see what you all think of it!

Reagan Awesome, just took it out from the library! 11mo
Reggie I‘m excited and ready!!! 11mo
LA_Mead Ooh perfect! I have an ARC of that one actually, so that works out great! 11mo
Reggie I should have taken a picture but I sent my book to you today. 11mo
collegecatlady @Reggie Sounds good. Thanks for letting me know! 11mo
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Victoriahoperose
Looker | Laura Sims
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know what it is about this book that I didn‘t really love. I think the tension felt like it built up to fall flat in the end. I liked the suspense of being on the side of someone watching in a way that is taboo. I just felt like the story itself needed more of an arc.

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Violetsunrise84
Looker | Laura Sims
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I finished reading this story in one day. The main character has major issues. The way that she is able to rationalize every single thing that she does , is frightening. I am rating this story five stars out of five. #looker #laurasims @ScribnerBooks

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Violetsunrise84
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She has issues. A lot of issues. #looker #laurasims

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Nitpickyabouttrains
Looker | Laura Sims
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Pickpick

Creeping and weird. This book key me guessing because I was not sure where it was going.

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Lauren.Archer
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This book is super deranged and one incident in the book was so uncalled for. It happened so close to the end that I just finished it, any earlier I would have walked away.

AmyG It was getting alot of hype, but I just found it so sad and yes...deranged. 12mo
KatieDid927 Yep, this one is a solid nope 👎🏼 12mo
j9brown I feel like the hype is because the cover is pretty neat, I didn't feel like it had much going for it otherwise. 12mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Giving this a shot. Reviews don‘t look so good, but I will give it a try.

bookaholic1 Sometimes those are the best books 12mo
Redwritinghood I actually liked it. I didn‘t go in expecting a thriller, though. A lot of the bad reviews seem to be from people expecting a thriller. 12mo
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TheLibrarian
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Panpan

What a disappointment. On Goodreads a lot of users marked it as a thriller but I feel like that‘s not true. If anything, the book should be categorized under boring.

It was about a women‘s obsession over her neighbor.

KatieDid927 I received an ARC of this from Goodreads and I could not agree more. Just blech. 12mo
LMJenkins Ditto! 👎🏼 12mo
Bookladylinda 🤔 maybe I won‘t be sad if I can‘t get my hands on a library copy. 12mo
AmyG I agree. It was not what everyone raved about. 12mo
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TheLibrarian
Looker | Laura Sims
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Getting in a little reading time while watching “Get Out” with the husband and of course my fur child.

#catsoflitsy

Rissa1 Beautiful 🐱 12mo
Reviewsbylola So pretty. 🥰 12mo
WhatWouldJaneDo She's gorgeous! 12mo
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Texreader ❤️❤️❤️😻 12mo
Hollie 😻😻 12mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian What a beautiful cat! 12mo
Purrfectpages Loved Get Out, and your kitty, of course! 12mo
OrtizReads1 😻So cute!! 12mo
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Godpants
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Panpan

One of the biggest failings for me in this book is marketing it as a Thriller. It‘s a character study of a woman dealing with loss and an emotional break. I also didn‘t like the writing style at all, but that doesn‘t mean this one isn‘t for you. If any of you check it out, tag me in your review so we can chat.

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Godpants
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Started this one this morning. I can‘t remember which book list recommended this one, but I‘m struggling to find positives in it so far. The protagonist is just so loathsome and I really don‘t like the writing style, but it‘s so short I‘ll probably finish it anyways. 🤷‍♀️ Tauruses, right?

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Redwritinghood
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Well, that was a whole lotta crazy packed into a slim 180 pages! The MC in this book has grown angry and bitter after her failed attempts to create her perfect life. She cannot get pregnant, her husband has left her, her job is going nowhere, etc. She becomes fixated on her movie star neighbor, who seems to have the perfect life she craves. As the MC grows more obsessed, her behavior grows more out of control. A quick, gripping read. 3.5⭐️

LeahBergen Oooh, sounds good! 13mo
readordierachel Sold and #stacked! 13mo
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mauveandrosysky
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This taut novel is less of a twisty thriller and more of an engrossing character study about a woman‘s gradual descent into madness. I was hooked from the first page, drawn to the unnamed narrator‘s caustic voice and incisive observations. Sims‘ writing is precise and sharp, capturing the tragic madness of the narrator. The abrupt ending fell a little flat for me, but as a character study this debut was everything I wanted it to be.

Redwritinghood I‘m reading this right now. About halfway so far and I‘m finding it pretty engrossing. It‘s a quick read, too. 13mo
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Jenken1998
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😲 quick, tense and engrossing read. Follow an unnamed narrator as she obsesses over her neighbor and spirals into madness with tragic consequences. I enjoyed the writing style. It felt raw and fragmented like the mc. I also liked that the mc was not too well defined. It left her unreliable and murkey. At times the distinction between reality and the mc psychotic thoughts was blurred. I enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.

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simpledutchgirl
Looker | Laura Sims
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Captivating quick read which illustrates a quick descent into madness. I would have liked a bit more so far as character development. Overall a good read.

RadicalReader @simpledutchgirl welcome to Litsy. You‘ll make many beloved bookworm friends here and have a terrific and tremendous to be read stack to enjoy 13mo
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Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉 13mo
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guinsgirlreads
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An interesting one-sitting read. Her writing is intriguing and different. I could have used a little more to this story of obsession, but overall a good, easy read.

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UnabridgedPod
Looker | Laura Sims
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I listened to Sims's Looker on Scribd, and the audio--narrated by Katherine Fenton--was definitely compelling. The narrative focuses on an unnamed protagonist whose life is unraveling. (I did have a problem with portrayal of the central premise--with the catalyst for her disintegration. Some recent conversations with a friend who had some of the same problems has made me quite sensitive about this issue.) (cont in comments)

UnabridgedPod As the protagonist loses her grip on what holds her reality together, she begins to focus on a famous actress and her family who live on her street. The story focuses closely on the protagonist as she winds through her days, struggling to regain her footing and failing, at every moment. A haunting book, though one that did leave me conflicted.⠀ 13mo
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BeckyMerilatt
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Mehso-so

Not bad. Short, creepy, kinda fun, pretty disturbing.

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mrozzz
Looker | Laura Sims
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Had another good evening at an author event. This one for the launch of Laura Sims‘ Looker (very intriguing, do check it out— it‘s thriller-esque) with Helen Phillips moderating. It‘s a thin book, I‘m hoping to hunker down with it one weekend soon. 😄

cariashley I really need to get to Books Are Magic one of these days! 14mo
mrozzz Yes!! @cariashley Let me know when you do 😄 13mo
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donnamartinreads
Looker | Laura Sims
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Wow.

alvingregorio Say more! 🤔 14mo
donnamartinreads @alvingregorio I devoured it in a couple of hours. It‘s taut and nerve wracking. The story of a woman‘s quick descent into madness. Well worth a read! 14mo
alvingregorio Whoa. Added. 14mo
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Jess7
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Thanks to a bookstagram #giveaway I won #thelooker by #LauraSims (Pub: 1/15). This book sounds great👇🏼 (and it‘s short):

Abbreviated Synopsis: “A dazzling, razor-sharp debut novel about a woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge... Searing and darkly witty, Looker is enormously entertaining—at once a propulsive Hitchcockian thriller and a fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy..” #tbr #arc

Jess7 There isn‘t enough room on Litsy to paste the full synopsis and this database is lacking one so click here for the full synopsis if you‘re interested: https://www.instagram.com/p/BsTVB3mHiTw/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1tog6p... 14mo
AmyG I‘ve heard it‘s really good. 14mo
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j9brown
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Didn't dislike this as much as I thought I would after seeing some negative reviews. I liked the style. I'm generally into stories that really get inside character's heads.
But I'm pretty tired of the unhinged unhappy single childless woman in NYC trope. So. This didn't rate very highly for me. But I'd check out this author again in the future anyway.
#arc

KatieDid927 Your second paragraph was my biggest issue with it. Like oh look, she‘s childless and cRaZY! Blech. But agreed, liked the style and it was a quick read. 14mo
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KatieDid927
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Panpan

This book is being billed as a thriller, but it‘s not really. It‘s a firsthand look at a woman‘s descent into madness. It‘s a trope that has been done to death and this book doesn‘t do anything new or interesting with it. I‘m also really sick and tired of mental illness being used in fiction this way. Thank u, next.

(a Goodreads giveaway)

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LMJenkins
Looker | Laura Sims
Mehso-so

Looker is a short novel about a woman who started off having "it all," buts ends up with next to nothing. Her circumstances are contrasted & exaggerated when compared to a neighbor whose life seems perfect, "The Actress." (did anyone else think she must be based on Scarlett Johanssen?) The narrator spirals out of control & makes bad choices at every opportunity. This had a promising start, but left me unsatisfied. Also, the ending was too abrupt.

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LMJenkins
Looker | Laura Sims
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Jumping in! 💄

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ferskner
Looker | Laura Sims
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This book is less about twists than slowly mounting dread as bad decisions pile up. Plus, the cover is perfect for anyone who impulsively buys lipsticks for the pretty colors. 🙋 Out in January.

Naj Ha! Fellow lipstick hoarder here🙋 1y
Cinfhen Like that lipstick reference 💄💄💄 1y
ferskner @Naj @Cinfhen YES! I knew my people would get it! 14mo
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Mirandareads
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A story told through the eyes of a troubled mind and done so very very well! Tore through this in a day. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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