Looker by Laura Sims
Publisher: Tinder Press
Release date: 25 July 2019
Back cover blurb: 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?
The Professor has separated from her husband. Her inability to bear a child for them to love and cherish, has torn the once happy couple far apart.
The Professor is about to embark on a dangerous journey with one of her students.
The Professor is totally obsessed with The Actress.
The Actress is blissfully unaware that she is being constantly observed by one of her neighbours.
Both of their lives are about to be turned upside down...
Looker is quite an unusual novel, in that we don't really find out the infinite detail of our two main characters (i.e. their names), but we know every other little detail of their lives.
I would say that Looker is an intriguing novel.
And, although the novels pace and narrative keep it gripping, I wouldn't describe it as a thriller, psychological or otherwise, nor is there any police involvements for it to be a procedural - or even a mystery.
It is more of an enigma. A novel on it's own. As it should be.
A very clever, quite twisted and dark novel it is too!
Looker is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.