Look Closer

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Published by: Putnam
Release Date: July 5, 2022
Pages: 464
ISBN13: 978-0399170928



From the bestselling and award-winning author comes a wickedly clever and fast-paced novel of greed, revenge, obsession—and quite possibly the perfect murder.

Simon and Vicky couldn't seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing's for sure ... absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer.

When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky's secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web...and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who?

Part Gone Girl, part Strangers on a Train, Look Closer is a wild rollercoaster of a read that will have you questioning everything you think you know.


"Look Closer should be somebody's very influential Book Club selection and then sell a million copies. It's that good, that suspenseful, sexy, involving, twisty and twisted. I'll tell you what - Look Closer is James Patterson's Book Club selection. You won't forget this novel, and these characters - good and bad - for a long time."
—James Patterson, New York Times #1 bestselling author


"David Ellis delivers an unforgettable read with Look Closer, a dizzyingly clever thriller where nothing is as it first appears. It kept me guessing from page one--this novel is endlessly surprising and great fun."

—Lisa Scottoline, bestselling author of What Happened to the Bennetts



“David Ellis’s LOOK CLOSER is a daring, brilliant thriller, full of characters you both love and hate and more unexpected turns than a mountain road at night without your headlights.  Tremendous fun!”

 Scott Turow, bestselling author of PRESUMED INNOCENT and SUSPECT


"Absolutely dazzling!  David Ellis is a master storyteller who keeps us riveted to the pages. A whip-smart and diabolically plotted thriller,  with crackling dialogue, nonstop pacing, and tour de force structure.  LOOK CLOSER is also a profoundly insightful study of greed, obsession, revenge, and justice. Riveting, compelling, and completely entertaining!"

Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author of HER PERFECT LIFE 




David Ellis, a justice in the Illinois First District Appellate Court, has built an impressive side gig from the Chicago suburbs as a master of the classic airport thriller — meaning the sort you absorb during a plane ride someplace warmer. If the name is familiar, he’s also a James Patterson co-writer, and that speedy tone rubs off. “Look Closer” (Putnam, $27), his latest, is full of Loop business bros and loathsome Wicker Park creeps, and the tale of murder and misdirection is a solid two days of beach escape.




“Twisty, intricately plotted….Even seasoned mystery readers won’t be able to predict all the knots in Simon and Vicky’s tangled web of deception. A roller-coaster ride full of unexpected twists and turns.”




“[S]erpentine revelations will surprise even the cleverest mystery readers. This complex tale of triple-crossings and devious revenge should win Ellis new fans.”



Fieldstone Little Free Library (Rochester, MN):

Wow! Simon and Vicky are some seriously twisted people. Not even sure which one is worse? I loved the fast pace, no idea who to believe, and a perfect murder. This is one book on revenge and murder you don’t want to miss! Yikes just so good.