Just so you all know, becoming a foster parent and having 5 kids in the house means there isn’t much time for reading, let alone blogging!
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.
Bear with me while I redo the appearance of my blog and, in the process, lose all of my widgets and text and pictures and stuff. I’m still getting used to WordPress so it may take awhile!
An entry from my bullet journal…
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…
“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 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.
# 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):
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:
Patrick Rothfuss (2) (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (2) (The Illuminae Files)
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:
26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry:
The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah