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The Woman in the Window


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?”

Goodreads description: 

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.


Hello, bookworms!

Hello, fellow bookworm!  I’m beginning the journey of transferring my Blogger book blog to WordPress.  Stick with me…hopefully soon my existing blog will be here and then new posts will (hopefully) follow.


Like the bookshelf my husband made?  I display my favorites of the books I own.  This doesn’t necessarily mean they are my favorite stories, but physically they are my favorite books.  Some are just beautiful looking, some have sentimental value, and some are truly on my top favorites of all time list. There’s Poe, Bronte, Austen, Dickinson, Harper Lee, Alcott…

The Big Move

“Andrea’s Book Nook” has existed for eight and a half years on Blogger.  After creating a website on WordPress, I decided to take a big step and move from Blogger to WordPress.  Andrea’s Book Nook is becoming Carolina Book Nook.  Now that my young children are in school 4 days a week, I want to put more time and love into the Book Nook.  I hope it shows and that you have a good time browsing!

2016 Review

2016 was a pretty awful year for me, in both my personal and reading lives.  However, I did write a few review posts which was better than the previous year!  I’ll do the same thing I did last year and participate in the survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner as well as my general overview.

Challenges in which I particpated:
Full House Reading Challenge 2016  (finished 22 of 25)
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016
What’s in a Name? 2016  (finished 2 of 6)
R.I.P. XI  (finished 4 of 4)

# of books read:
(down from 52 in 2015, 58 in 2014, 60 in 2013, 75 in 2012, 39 in 2011.  Up from 30 in 2010 & 28 in 2009.  Down from 48 in 2008 and 81 in 2007.)

Favorites (in order read):

The 100  by: Kass Morgan (young adult, sci-fi, #1 in series)
Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (young adult, sci-fi, series)
Bone Gap  by: Laura Ruby  (young adult, magical realism)
Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline  (young adult, sci-fi, post apocalyptic)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  by: Rachel Joyce  (adult fiction)
Black-Eyed Susans  by: Julia Heaberlin (adult fiction, mystery, suspense)
Crooked Kingdom  by: Leigh Bardugo  (young adult, fantasy, #2 in series)
Gemina  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (young adult, sci-fi, #2 in series)

Least favorite:
Nothing was awful this year, but my lowest rated were:
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall  by: Katie Alender
The Zookeeper’s Wife  by: Diane Ackerman

# of non-fiction:

Repeated authors:
Patrick Rothfuss (2) (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (2) (The Illuminae Files)

Number of books you read: 35
Number of re-reads: 0
Genre you read the most from: Adult fiction, young adult, fantasy
1. Best book you read in 2016: 
Young Adult: Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Adult: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  by: Rachel Joyce
2.  Book you were excited about and thought you would love more, but didn’t: 
The Wrath & the Dawn  by: Renee Ahdieh
3.  Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read:
The Wonder  by: Emma Donoghue – I didn’t expect it to be so engrossing.  It sounds like a fairly tame story, but I couldn’t put it down.  It was a great book!
4.  Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did):
Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
5.  Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?:
Best I started: The Illuminae Files  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Best sequel: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo (this could also be considered the end of the series since Bardugo called this “series” a “duology”.
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016:
This is a hard one since I read so many great things by authors I’d never read before.  But the two that were completely new to me (I had never even heard their names before) were Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) and Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).
7.  Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
Shadows and Monsters  by: Grace A. Dow – short stories.  Books of short stories don’t normally hold my attention so I don’t read them very often.  I also tend to read them at the same time I’m reading novels so they are kind of squished between my regular reading.  Grace is a good friend of mine and so I read this for the annual R.I.P. Challenge.  There were a few stories in particular I loved and that have stuck with me, just like novels do.  
8.  Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
9.  Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year:
I don’t usually re-read, but if I did re-read one, it would probably be Bone Gap  by: Laura Ruby
10.  Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016:
11.  Most memorable character of 2016:
Harold Fry from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

12.  Most beautifully written book read in 2016:
The Wonder  by: Emma Donoghue or Bone Gap  by: Laura Ruby

13.  Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016:
Bone Gap

14.  Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read:
Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline and The Name of the Wind  by: Patrick Rothfuss

15.  Favorite passage/quote:  
“She said, ‘Do you love me yet?’
He recoiled from her, from the look of her.  ‘You don’t love me because you can’t see me,’ she said.  ‘Look! Look! I am beautiful now. I am beautiful.'”  –Bone Gap  by: Laura Ruby

16.  Shortest & longest books you read:
Shortest: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain  by: Alice Dagliesh (64 pages)
Longest:  The Wise Man’s Fear  by: Patrick Rothfuss (994 pages)

17.  Book that shocked you the most:
There was a pretty shocking moment in Gemina  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

18.  OTP (one true pairing) of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
Nik & Hanna in Gemina

19.  Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Parcival & Aech in Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline

20.  Favorite book you reading 2016 by an author you’ve read previously:
Crooked Kingdom  by: Leigh Bardugo

21.  Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from someone else/peer pressure:
Frozen Heat  by: Richard Castle

22.  Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016:
My crushes on Jamie from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and Kaz from the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo were just further cemented in the second books I read this year.

23.  Best 2016 debut you read:
I don’t think I read any debuts.

24.  Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year:
Ready Player One or Crooked Kingdom

25.  Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read:
Bone Gap

26.  Book that made you cry or nearly cry:
The Nightingale  by: Kristen Hannah

27.  Hidden gem of the year:
Bone Gap

28.  Book that crushed your soul:
The Nightingale  by: Kristen Hannah
29.  Most unique book you read:
You  by: Caroline Kepnes

30.  Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it):
The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah just because it’s about the German occupation of France during WWII and how helpless the whole situation was.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016:
2.  Favorite review you wrote:
3.  Best discussion/non-review post:
4.  Best event you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events. etc):
5.  Best moment of booking/blogging life in 2016:
I actually posted 4 reviews!
6.  Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year:
I went through a very hard time personally over the summer and it really stalled my reading for pleasure.  Also, I started (and then gave up) a lot of self-help books that really didn’t help at all.
7.  Most popular post this year on your blog (either comments or views):
8.  Post you wished got a little more love:
My Bone Gap review
9.  Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc):
10.  Did you complete any any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of the year?:
I completed one challenge (R.I.P. XI), and didn’t finish the others.  I definitely didn’t complete my overall goal of reading 60 books!
1.  One book you didn’t get to in 2016 that will be your number one priority in 2017:
Nothing in particular.
2.  Book you are most anticipating in 2017 (non-debut):
The third book in the Illuminae Files and The Thorn of Emberlain by: Scott Lynch (#4 in the Gentleman Bastard series)
3.  2017 debut you are most anticipating:
4.  Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating:
I don’t know if one of my answers to question 2 will be a series ender.
5.  One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017:
Read more (my goal is 50 booiks) and blog more than 4 reviews.
6.  A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone: