Review: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Woman in the WindowAnna 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, and 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

The Woman in the Window by A. J Finn is another title that I have been seeing a lot around blogosphere. The hype got to me. I definitely had to read the book.

I don’t know whether describing this as a slow burner would be accurate. It does take time to lay the ground work. However, it’s the kind of story that creeps up on you gradually. I found myself so captivated by the book that I was thinking about it when not reading it. It occupied my mind until I turned the last page and I am still thinking about it.

This is a story about Anna, a woman who hasn’t left her house in nine months due to agoraphobia. While stuck in her house, Ann keeps herself busy by engaging in an online chat room, watching old movies and doing a bit of ‘harmless’ stalking by spying on her neighbors. All seemed harmless until new neighbors moved in next door and then Anna saw something that she wasn’t supposed to see.

This book has quite a number of great twists. I didn’t expect any of them and each one left me more hooked to the story. There were a couple of tense moments. There were instances when I felt like Anna was completely stuck with no way out of her predicament. I found myself feeling equally helpless wondering how ‘we’ would find a way out.

The ending was quite cinematic. It had the right amount of drama and tension and a befitting setting. I enjoyed everything about this book, from the writing to the story-line and narrator. I also learned a lot about agoraphobia which I didn’t know much about. I can’t wait for the movie already.