Title: The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: 25th January 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
What did she see?
It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
There has been so much hype around this book which usually I’ll avoid mainly because in the past I’ve been disappointed but having been pleasantly surprised by several books last year I thought I’d try and read it. Plus there’s a movie coming out soon!
Anna has been stuck in her house for ten months with little contact from the outside world apart from her tenant in the basement flat of her house. She’s taken to watching her neighbours without their knowledge. Her interest is peeked when a new family, the Russell’s move in and soon she becomes obsessed with them. One evening she witnesses something terrible but can she trust what she saw?
*Unpopular opinion alert* I didn’t much like this book.
I think I may have put too much expectations on it, especially when I heard it was like Rear Window, my all time favourite Hitchcock movie, but, for me anyway, it didn’t quite deliver.
It has everything I usually like in a psychological thriller. An unreliable witness with more issues than I have unread books (that’s a lot), she’s an alcoholic agoraphobic with a pill problem, and a head scratching mystery. But I felt a bit of a disconnect between myself and the book.
I did however like Anna but I also felt very sorry for her. She’s trapped in her house, a prison of her own making, with nothing much to do apart from play online chess and help other agoraphobic people in an online forum or watch old black and white movies. She’s also her own worst enemy, especially as she’s a psychologist herself, and knows that mixing booze and prescription drugs is a bad idea.
The beginning starts off so slow that I genuinely had to force myself to read on but I will say that the second half gets a lot more interesting with a slightly quicker pace.
Overall it wasn’t really my cup of tea and biscuits but maybe I’ll enjoy it more when I watch the film.
About The Author: (taken from Amazon)
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW has been sold in 43 territories around the globe. The film adaptation, starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore, will be released worldwide in autumn 2019. The movie directed by Joe Wright, written by Tracy Letts, and produced by Scott Rudin.
I spent a decade working in publishing in both New York and London, with a particular emphasis on thrillers and mysteries. Now I write full-time, to the relief of my former colleagues. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW was inspired by a range of experiences: my lifelong love affair with suspense fiction, from the Sherlock Holmes stories I devoured as a kid to the work of Patricia Highsmith, whom I studied at the graduate level at Oxford; my passion for classic cinema, especially the films of Alfred Hitchcock; and my struggles with depression and mental health. The result, I hope, is a psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Kate Atkinson, among others.
Stuff I love: reading; swimming; cooking; dogs; ice cream; travel. (Note that third semicolon. It’s crucial. I do not love cooking dogs.) I collect first-edition books and enjoy spending time with my French bulldog, Ike.