The Woman in the Window
By: A.J. Finn
# of pages: 448 (Kindle edition)
Challenge: Monthly Motif (mystery)
Quote: “Isn’t it amazing how according to the Internet, some people might as well not exist? Bina had asked. All David’s memories, all his music, everything that might unlock the man—it’s gone. Or, rather, it’s all around me, floating in the ether, but invisible, files and icons, ones and zeros. Nothing left on display in the real world, not a sign, not a clue. Isn’t it amazing?”
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
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, mother, their teenaged 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.
My review: This novel has been compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. I enjoyed GG, but didn’t particularly like TGotT, so I didn’t know if I’d really like this or not. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was better written than the first two I’d read and I liked the main character much more than the others. I have to give the author a shout out for properly naming the book WOMAN instead of girl. Remember my pet peeve?
The story is about Anna, who hasn’t left her house in over a year. The reader quickly learns that she has agoraphobia, but when it started and why remains to be seen. Anna isn’t perfect, but the reader has sympathy for her and can understand why she’s become who she is – a recluse who lives through other people, whether that’s the neighbors she spies on, the man who rents her basement, or the online community she joined.
Classic suspense movies play a large part in Anna’s life and her actions. As you can tell from the description, Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is the inspiration for the entire novel. It isn’t necessary to have watched all the movies mentioned, but it helps if you’ve seen at least a few Hitchcock films. There was one film I haven’t seen that I wished I had since it is mentioned several times, but I can’t remember the title for the life of me, so I can’t recommend you watch it first. “The Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” and “Gaslight” would definitely be good to watch before reading the book .
Yes, the book is about a single woman with issues, but it’s a step above TGotT and worth reading if you want an easy read suspenseful thriller.
Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: It is interesting and fast paced enough to keep my attention and made me not want to put the book down.