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Looker

(2019)
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Vogue's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"

Entertainment Weekly's "One of January's Hottest Reads"

Literary Hub's "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"

Southern Living's "Best New Books Coming Out Winter 2019"

An Indie Next pick

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 - a psychologically suspenseful and fearlessly original portrait of the perils of envy.

Praise for Looker:

"In prose that moves between lyrical and caterwauling, the poet Laura Sims has pulled off the high-wire act of making bitterness delicious." (Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019")

"This debut is a penetrating and unsettling psychological thriller... It's a novel about identity, appearances, and envy, and it's one of the season's most timely reads, an innovative experiment in what a thriller can be." (Literary Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019")

"In this electrifying Hitchcockian debut, an unhappy woman's obsession with a nearby actress will push the boundaries between insanity and desperation." (Washington Independent Review of Books, "16 Fiction Releases to Watch for")

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"This intense, gripping first novel shoehorns us into a gathering disquiet and sense of dread, heightened at every turn by our sympathetic understanding of her relentlessly unraveling protagonist. The precise, observant writing slips through the skin without ever calling attention to itself." - Peter Straub

"With an agile precision reminiscent of Lydia Davis, Laura Sims captures the obsessiveness of a woman who unravels after the collapse of her marriage. A taut, gripping portrait, all the more sinister for its elegance." - Leni Zumas


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Looker: A Novel (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-4328-6216-2 / 978-1-4328-6216-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Looker: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-5011-9911-0 / 978-1-5011-9911-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Looker: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-5011-9912-9 / 978-1-5011-9912-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Looker: 'I devoured it in one'
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-4722-5880-0 / 978-1-4722-5880-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Looker: 'I devoured it in one'
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-4722-5881-9 / 978-1-4722-5881-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-982115-71-8 / 978-1-982115-71-5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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January 2019 : Paperback
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Title: Looker: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-982117-17-6 / 978-1-982117-17-7
Publisher: Scribner
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Tinder Press
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January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-5082-6780-4 / 978-1-5082-6780-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Looker
Author(s): Laura Sims
ISBN: 1-5082-6779-0 / 978-1-5082-6779-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Looker: 'I devoured it in one'
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Tinder Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Looker: A Novel
Author(s): Laura Sims
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA