In But When We Look Closer, her debut collection of eighteen short stories, Susan E. Lloy establishes a literary version of film noir
— Rebecca Morris , mRb
Lloy’s But When We Look Closer is a unique collection of short stories set in North America and Europe where her characters struggle with drugs, sex, art, money, mental illness and, most importantly, loss.
— Bryan R. Monte, Amsterdam Quarterly

Shuffling through the brief snapshot of each story, I was swept up in the intense nostalgia Lloy is adept at conveying.
— Quinn Mason, mRb
Lloy’s stories are surprising yet relatable, giving us all we need to know about her characters in a few short pages.
— Atlantic Books Today