The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Published by: William Morrow on January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller
Source: Borrowed from the library
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Review: I’ve been seeing this book making the rounds in blog posts, book stores and the library so I finally took the plunge and picked it up. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to what I thought it would be, however, I do see it’s appeal for being a great movie and I wish I didn’t read it and just watched the film.
I think I picked this book up at a time where I am tired of reading about a recluse, unreliable main character with an alcohol addiction. It’s overdone at this point and all the stories blend together at this point. Nothing new was brought into this plot device that I would have hoped for. I felt like 60% of this book was the main character Anna talking about old films, counting her bottles of wine and counting out her pills.
This book could have been better if it was 200 pages shorter and packed a but more umph. The plot twist of Anna’s family could have been revealed a lot sooner as by the time it came into the plot I was like “great”.
Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me but based on the writing of Finn I would definitely pick up another book of theirs.