The Woman in the Windowby Published 02 Jan 2018
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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?
"The Woman in the Window" Reviews
so, add my name onto the long list of superheroes who are conflicted about their powers, moaning about how alienating it is to have superhuman abilities, how it is truly more curse than boon.
because i have emerged from two weeks of debilitating illness physically enfeebled, but with a new power, like john smith in The Dead Zone - i can now call all of the twists. not one or two, but all. of. the. twists.
and this does not please me, or make me feel superior or smug. in fact, it’s kind of like a little magic went out of the world.
that’s not to say i didn’t enjoy this book - it’s a chewy psychological thriller with a good instinct for pacing and a juicy, if familiar, premise. basically, it’s Rear Window where agoraphobia is standing in for “broken leg,” and with another layer of unreliable narrator smooshed in by pretty much grabbing that drunk voyeur lady from The Girl on the Train to be the main POV narrator - a wine enthusiast on many prescription pills who cannot leave the house and whose main tether to the world is through the internet (which we all know to be the purest reflection of humanity), and spying on her wealthy neighbors through the zoom lens of her camera, when one night she witnesses a woman being murrrrdered; a woman she’s met and tentatively befriended, a woman she is told, after reporting the crime, simply does not exist.
already, it’s got great bones, and i understand why this is being hyped up as THE book of 2018. for a debut, it’s very impressive - the claustrophobia of trauma-based imprisonment is palpable, and the narrator’s love of classic films adds to the fraught atmosphere where references and scraps of dialogue blur the real/fantasy line from the constant background presence of something hitchcockian flickering on her laptop. and even the reveal/withhold ratio is well-maintained, for those of you whose high fevers and persistent hacking coughs have not left you with advanced sensory perception.
it’s a microwave popcorn book - fast and satisfying and buttery-slick, with SO! MANY! POPS! OF! SURPRISE! and even if you call every one of them, it’s still a satisfying treat.
now i am off to brood some more about my magical burdens.
Who's that woman in the window?
Dr. Anna Fox has spent the past 10 months inside her NY home. Her home is her safe place and she is too afraid to venture outside her door.
She entertains herself daily with the following activities:
-downing bottles of Merlot and popping pills prescribed by her physician
-following the lives of her neighbors through the lens of her camera
-playing online chess
-watching black and white films from her large collection of DVDs/mostly Hitchcock with some themes that may later be back to haunt her
-talks on the phone to her ex-husband and her daughter (who he has custody of)
This is all fine and dandy until one day while "getting to know" her new neighbors through her lens, she sees something harrowing!
So very clever!! Yet all the clues are set out if you can "catch" them!
Beware that the beginning is a bit confusing and takes awhile to set things in motion, but even with that I couldn't pull myself away from the story.
Very fast read for me! Not edge of your seat, but more like the pull of a magnet. Loved this one!
Super time reading this one with Traveling sisters!
Thanks to Edelweiss/Wm. Morrow for my arc.
It isn't paranoia if it's really happening...
The Woman in the Window is intoxicating, dark, and simply unputdownable. AJ Finn's debut novel is placed in current day, gentrified Harlem, New York City, where Dr. Anna Fox spends her day in her five-story townhouse drinking Merlot, spying on her neighbors, and mixing pills to numb her thoughts. She has theories and pseudo-storylines for her neighbors, each one being unique and different in their own way. When she is not photographing and spying on her neighbors, Anna watches famous black and white movies to pass the time and regularly checks in with her daughter and husband, who she recently has separated from. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, preventing her from leaving the confines of her house and limiting her ability to experience the real world effectively. Her hours, days, and weeks are consumed by fear and curiosity. When her new neighbors move in across the park from her house, Anna is intrigued at their anonymity. As she begins to investigate the story of her new neighbors, something horribly goes wrong. Anna witnesses something that shouldn't have happened—or did she?
I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and literally jumped out of my bed and yelled, "YESSS!!!" I immediately was drawn to the story because let's face it, spending time spying on your neighbors while drinking too much wine sounds like my Friday nights. I was curious to see how this story would develop and see what the hype was about. After getting hooked in right from the beginning, I figured out why. The Woman in the Window will definitely not be for everybody. The initial pacing is moderate, to say the least. I wouldn't classify it as a slow burn however, because as the story progresses, the character development of Anna and the provided characters becomes ever more intriguing. Nothing is rushed or overlooked—everything is portrayed at exactly the right time. Why is Anna agoraphobic? What's her mental state like? How is she coping? What's going on in the outside world that she's missing? Who are all these people around her? These are just some of the questions that pulled me in while starting The Woman in the Window and it kept me guessing until the end.
The Woman in the Window breaks away from the mold of some of the more recent in-your-face psychological thrillers that have been sprouting out more and more since the release of the book that shall not be named, and that's very refreshing to me. This type of psychological thriller really gets you in the mindset of Anna's psyche without throwing everything at you at once.
As I've stated earlier, this book will not be for everyone. This thriller breaks the mold and sets a new standard—so buckle up 2018!
Thank you Goodreads and William Murrow Books for my advanced copy.
This was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house.
I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to get slightly annoying. The author, A. J. Finn, did a fantastic job pulling me into Anna’s world – feeling her terror and contemplating her thoughts, but I feel that some of it became slightly repetitive.
I found myself flipping the pages quickly as I was very curious to see how everything would come together in the end. My interest and curiosity was piqued from the very start.
This was a Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Brenda, Susanne, Kaceey, Holly, Kendall, Jan and Diane. It was fun to discuss this one along the way, everyone having their own suspicions and theories. To find this review along with the other Traveling Sister Read reviews, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at :
A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Expected Date of Publication : January 2, 2018.
3.25 Stars* (rounded down).
Anna Fox is home bound. She hasn’t left her home in almost a year. She has groceries delivered and keeps all the windows closed. She watches old black and white movies, takes anti-depressants and mixes them with alcohol, lots of alcohol - which her doctor has strongly advised against. Besides watching old movies, her only other source of entertainment is watching what goes on outside of her windows. Sneaking peaks of her neighbors activities. One day, what Anna sees outside of her window blows her mind. A woman, her neighbor’s wife, who she met a few times before, getting stabbed and falling to the floor. Anna calls the police. They don’t believe her as they investigate and everything checks out. Her neighbor’s wife is alive and well. Yet as it turns out, nothing is as it seems. The Police think Anna is simply a drunk, who isn’t quite herself - and they think she who imagined the whole thing.
Anna begins questioning herself and when strange things begin happening to her, she wonders if she is, in fact losing it. Who can Anna turn to? Who can she trust? Can she trust herself? For Anna, there is only one way to find out.
“The Woman in the Window” started out slow and was a little confusing at first. Though the story then picked up, it started to drag for me at about the midway point and unfortunately I found the novel to be full of plot holes, which affected my enjoyment of it.
This was a Traveling Sister Read. It included Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, Lindsay, Diane S., Jan B., Holly and Kendall. The sisters were split down the middle for this sister read. It made it lots of fun.
Thank you to Edelweiss, Harper Collins, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Published on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram on 12.18.17.
*Will be published on Amazon on 1.2.18.