LOOKER BY LAURA SIMS - BOOK REVIEW

This book had all the makings of a great book for me - an unreliable narrator, a stalker-esque situation, and just enough going on with the writing style to keep me interested. However, I found this book intriguing... until it wasn't. Then things just sort of flat-lined with the ending (although stay tuned to find out in my stream-of-consciousness ending to this review that maybe the ending made sense?).

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Looker by Laura Sims. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book as part of the Thriller Chronicles promotion, as always, all opinions are my own.



Because of the way this book is, I don't really want to give too much of a synopsis. This book essentially follows our narrator, a woman, who becomes obsessed with the actress who lives down the street from her.

As I mentioned, this book has what I would consider to be an (unnamed) unreliable narrator. Everything is from her first-person POV. She gives a bit of backstory about her life with her husband and their infertility, however, some details are a bit blurrier. She runs through about six different scenarios of their first meeting - but never says which one was right. Throughout the book she does this, giving descriptions of situations that you're never quite sure if they have happened or not because you only have her to rely on. I really enjoyed this style - it's been a while since I've read a truly unreliable narrator.

The story itself was very basic, which I didn't mind at first. The narrator takes us through her day-to-day, describing the actresses goings-on, but also her own. She is a professor of poetry at a local college and teaches night classes. This also plays a part in the story, though perhaps not as much as the stalker storyline.

I think, as well, the "stalker" storyline itself is very intriguing. In the beginning, it's just your average, maybe overly nosey neighbour checking out what's happening. However, as the narrator becomes more manic, she becomes bolder and borderline
psychopathic.

Up until this point, I've been hanging on to the story because it seemed to be building up. The narrator was becoming more aggressive and her actions were becoming visible to others. The ending, though, let me down. We get this big build up of everything happening, and then the book just sort of ends in the middle of it. I understand, stylistically, this choice - how else was this book going to end but as mysteriously as it had existed - but it still left me feeling like I wanted more. Although maybe that in of itself is a stylistic choice, the reader, like the narrator, can't get enough. I just felt like we were about to get some answers and then everything was ripped away.

Overall, perhaps this book was deeper than I originally thought... if you're into a slightly manic, bizarre story, here's your book!