THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW - A. J. FINN

 

Title: The Woman In The Window

Author: A. J. Finn

Published: January 2018

Genres: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️

Ughhhh, yet another case of being bored out of my mind for the most part of the book but my eyes practically being glued to the pages for the ending. I always think I've got a pretty solid idea of what I'm going to rate it and then BAM I finish the last page and I'm torn. I'd not read many thrillers before this so I was pretty impressed with how 'movie like' it seemed, which is probably a testament to Finn's descriptions and ability to keep you guessing. If you're struggling, I FEEL YOU, but I promise if you push through you won't regret it. Just think of it as downing the tall glass of plain old milk just to reap the reward of the gooey, chocolatey Milo goodness at the bottom. I liked that it wasn't predictable (especially when you thought it would be), even changing my guess of the ending several times. Some pretty strong themes of anxiety, depression, grief and substance abuse, as a heads up.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a roller coaster! To be honest, I haven’t read many thriller books so for me this one was pretty gripping. The character of Anna Fox intrigued me. Suffering from agoraphobia, amongst other illnesses, she is a creature of her environment. Her daily life is routine yet manic, watching black and white movies, playing online chess and given advice in online chat rooms. Through self-medicating with alcohol and pills, and an obsession with watching her neighbours, Anna finds herself a witness of murder. She battles with trying to contest the image of people thinking she is “crazy”, whilst trying to also convince them that what she saw is not just a figment of her imagination. I enjoyed Anna as the narrator, which made it even more compelling. Holding onto every chapter, I found myself enthralled right until the very end, and the ending did not disappoint. No way did I see it coming. A captivating read that has left me with a thirst for psychological thrillers, so holla at me with your recommendations!

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