The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Published by William Morrow on January 2, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Publisher
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Publisher.
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, 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.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn had a ton of pre-publication buzz, especially at BookExpo 2017, which is where I first heard about the book. There has also been a big media and review campaign supporting it, basically hyping up the book to be the next big read. Needless to say, because of all the buzz, I had the highest expectations for it. While it was a good read, I have to say that I’m a little perplexed about the fervor around the book.
Finn’s protagonist is Anna Fox, a child psychologist who now suffers from agoraphobia, following a traumatic incident. She hasn’t left her home in nearly a year, coping with daily life through a cocktail of numerous prescription medications and countless bottles of Merlot. She has limited interactions with the outside world, such as her tenant, therapist, and delivery drivers. Anna also counsels fellow agoraphobics via an online forum, The Agora.
But when Anna witnesses a disturbing crime through her window, the story takes several twists and turns. She knows what she saw, but no one believes her. Eventually, she starts to question her own sanity as the voices surrounding her continually insist that she’s imagining everything that has happened thus far.
This was definitely a suspenseful read. I read most of it within the span of one day. Finn’s writing style is certainly compelling. However, I figured out three or four of the twists before they were revealed, which surprised me because I’m normally not the greatest at guessing twists. Nevertheless, it’s a good read, but I thought that the story lost a little bit of steam once the big climax happens toward the end.
I can see why a film is in development already—I think it will translate well to the screen. Following the trend of adaptations like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, The Woman in the Window is another addition in a line of unreliable narrators and female-led thrillers.
Ultimately, I’m not convinced that all the hype was warranted. Did I enjoy the book? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes. Do I think it’s THE book of 2018? Doubtful, but it’s a good read nonetheless.
Rating: 4 stars