The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
ISBN: 9780062678416 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062678447 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062678430 (digital Audiobook)
ASIN: B06Y55Z36S (Kindle edition)
Publication date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
“Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn
“Unputdownable.” —Stephen King
“A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware
“Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny
What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbors. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Dr. Anna Fox is much more than a recluse, she is agoraphobic, and doesn’t leave her home. She has a tenant that helps with minor repairs, has her meals and medications delivered, and interacts with others via online forums. Her psychologist comes to her home for visits as does her physical therapist. Since she no longer interacts with the outside world, she has become a voyeur, viewing her neighbors through her windows and camera lens, making up vignettes about what she sees or thinks she has seen. Then she sees a murder, calls the police to report the crime and it is dismissed as the ramblings of a borderline alcoholic mental case. But Anna knows what she saw or thinks she saw, doesn’t she?
The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn is a psychological thrill-ride from beginning to end. This story has been called Hitchcockian by many and that is, perhaps, the perfect description is it comes across as a mixture of Gaslight and Rear Window with a touch of the 1990s film Copycat. Anna is an unreliable narrator at best, primarily because of her drinking and mixing her psych meds with alcohol (a big no-no), but she still comes across as believable. Mr. Finn provides Anna’s backstory in a piecemeal fashion so that the full story isn’t revealed until you’re almost at the end. No, I won’t tell you what her backstory is but it provides a powerful emotional punch when the truth is revealed. The reader, along with Anna, must decide if an actual murder took place, if Anna is hallucinating, or if something more sinister is going on. If it is the latter then who is the bad guy? Most of you know that I enjoy reading psychological suspense thrillers along with mystery and suspense so this was, perhaps, the perfect read to kick off my 2018 reading. The only reason I didn’t finish reading this in one sitting is due to a family emergency. The story is gripping, the characters are realistic and believable (yes, even Anna), and the action kept this reader on the proverbial edge of my seat. I enjoyed reading The Woman in the Window and look forward to reading more from Mr. Finn in the future. If you enjoy reading psychological suspense then I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of The Woman in the Window to read. If you’re not sure about psychological suspense but want something a little different to read, then look no further than The Woman in the Window.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss+. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Meet the author
A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City.
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