The Woman in the Window
By: A.J. Finn
Kindle edition, 448 pages
The Woman in the Window follows Anna Fox, a child psychologist who is now overcome by agoraphobia. Too scared to leave her home and now separated from her husband and daughter, she spends her days amusing herself by watching and photographing her neighbors. When a new family moves in across the park from her, Anna is instantly attracted to them as they remind her of the life she used to have.
Then one night, she hears a scream from across the park and through the viewfinder of her camera, she witnesses something that she shouldn’t have. Now she must figure out exactly what she saw, but even if she figures it out, how will she prove it?
I absolutely devoured this book and consider it one of my top 5 books that I read in 2017! I guarantee you’ll be up all hours of the night trying to solve this mystery!
You can’t help but feel a twinge of sympathy for the main character Anna, as she is dealing with her agoraphobia as well as dealing with her separation from her husband (Ed) and daughter (Olivia). Although she speaks to them every night on the phone, I can only imagine how hard it must be for her to be away from them while struggling with her disorder.
Having not left her home for 10 months, Anna has very little contact with the outside world with the exception of her psychologist and trainer who visit once a week. She spends much of her time watching old black and white movies and watching her neighbors. Being a people watcher myself, I can fully understand the entertainment that watching and observing other people can bring lol.
Then the Russell family moves across the street and when Anna sees the resemblance between their family and the one she used to have, she is instantly drawn to them. After meeting Jane Russell by chance one night (no spoilers!) they form a connection and spend an entire night talking and playing chess. Several days later, Anna hears a scream come from their house and uses her camera to see what is going on. She then witnesses something she knows she wasn’t supposed to see. The rest of the book follows Anna while she tries to unravel the mysteries from across the street.
I found some parts of the book to be a little predictable, however, I’m starting to wonder if the author did this purposely to distract the reader from the main plot. The ending definitely has a shocking twist that I did not see coming, and because I had some stuff figured out, I got cocky and assumed that I knew how the book was going to end. Man, was I wrong!
This book will definitely keep you guessing and doubting and guessing some more! A must-read for 2018 & with the movie rights already having been bought for this book, you know it’s going to be a good read!
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A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Times Literary Supplement. Finn’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window, has been sold in thirty-eight territories worldwide and is in development as a major motion picture from Fox. A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City.
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