Friday, February 2, 2018

(8)The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


Anna Fox is agoraphobic.  She spends her nights watching classing noir movies and drinking wine.  She spends her days playing online chess and participating in an online forum dedicated to others like her. In between, she spies on her neighbors.  She is extra curious about the new family across the way, the Russells.  Alastair, Jane, and their son, Ethan.  Anna doesn't get many visitors, so she is excited when Jane Russell stops by and they have a lovely time together.  Anna is so excited to have a friend, a real friend.  But when she sees her new friend murdered her nightmare begins anew.  The police don't believe her when Alastair Russell presents his wife, Jane Russell, and she is not the woman that Anna met.  Her world suddenly begins to spiral out of control in ways that are new even to her.  She thinks that people are entering her house at night.  There is a selfie on her phone that she doesn't believe that she took, but who did?  Anna starts to lose track of reality and she is not sure what is fact and what is fiction. Was it all a figment of her imagination?  And if so, why does she feel as if she were in danger?

The Woman in the Window has been getting a lot of buzz in all of the reader's groups and for good reason.  It reads like one of the old Hitchcock movies that Anna was so obsessed with in the book.  There are a lot of references to old black and white films, as well as their stars, like Jimmy Stewart.   There were a lot of twists and turns in the book, much like an old Hitchcock movie, but I had figured out the "big" twist fairly early on in the book.   Anna was an interesting character - she was obviously living with a lot of guilt and was trying to silence the voices in her head with alcohol.  Lots of alcohol.  I didn't think she was imagining things, but I hadn't yet figured out who was behind all of the strange happenings. The desire to spy on her neighbors obviously came from boredom and loneliness, I don't blame her, but her drinking made it tough for the reader to even believe her.  Things come to a shocking conclusion that even I didn't see coming. - CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom Line - The Woman in the Window is a hell of a debut novel for A.J. Finn. The writing is impeccable and the story is gripping. If you are looking for a thriller, The Woman in the Window should go to the top of your list.

Details: 
  • The  Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
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  • Pages: 448
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publication Date:1/2/2018
  • Buy it Here! 



1 comments:

KayBob said...

Thanks for the spoiler reminders. I read it a while ago, it and helped to refresh my memory for book club discussions.

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