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Sunday, November 19, 2017

REVIEW: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks @wmmorrowbooks

The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
William Morrow Books

🔥 AVAILABLE 1/2/18 🔥

Thanks so much to William Morrow books for this copy in return for my honest review.  Already in development for film, this is that subtle psychological thriller you've been waiting for.


What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
My Review:


An agoraphobic, Anna is an alcoholic and pill popper who hasn't left her home in ten months. She fills her time looking into the windows of the homes across the street from her, playing chess on her computer and being an online therapist to those with similar issues that she has. The best therapists are those who have been through it themselves as patients can relate better and see that there is hope to get better. Not sure that if you're still going through the motions, it's the best thing to be doing. Unfortunately this does happen and while the empathy can be there, it could be disastrous for both sides.

This story is told strictly through Anna's eyes. She lives home alone, pining for her family with her only outside contact for the most part being her tenant downstairs and her therapist that comes by once in a while. Each section of the book is split per day starting on October 24th through November 15th. Each chapter within these sections are short making it a fast read .. and you WANT to keep turning the pages. Although a fast read, I felt it is moderately paced as we really get inside Anna's mind. I can't tell if she's crazy or if what's really happening IS happening or just in her mind. The beginning may feel a little slow but it's a testament to how the author builds the story from day to day.

The author gives you slight clues throughout the book, really building the suspense. I caught onto the clues so when things came to light I wasn't all that shocked. However, I LOVED the subtle way the author took to get you there. Nothing felt rushed or done as shock value. This book is proof that a psychological thriller doesn't need to be out of left field twisty to keep your attention.

I am not surprised in the slightest that this is already slated for motion picture development. I will certainly be on the look out for his next book.

3 comments:

  1. Great review, Chandra! I'm almost done with this and fully agree with your analysis of this story.

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    1. Thanks Dennis! I knew you'd love this one too! <3

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  2. Great review. A book that I look forward to reading.

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