If you’re looking for a January read with great atmosphere that oozes suspense and is simply impossible to put down, you need look no further than The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.
The story centers on Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman living alone in New York City. Separated from her husband and daughter, Anna is lonely and spends her days drinking wine and watches her neighbors when she isn’t watching old black-and-white movies. Unable to leave her house, Anna’s world is small, yet safe and predictable, until she sees something frightening happen at her neighbor’s house one night. Or did she? Was it real, or—as others suggested—just something she imagined?
I’m not going to discuss any specifics about the plot, but I will say that the descriptions I’ve seen of this book being regarded to as a “Hitchcockian thriller” are absolutely appropriate. Anna’s life begins to echo, somewhat, the old movies she’s so fond of watching. There is a menacing atmosphere that hovers around Anna throughout most of the book, steadily building until it reaches a terrifying crescendo.
This was a gripping read that was well worth the hours of sleep I lost when I couldn’t stop reading “just one more chapter.”The suspense had me on the edge of my seat, the plot twists never failed to shock me, and the ending was extremely satisfying for this reader.
Finn’s writing was superb throughout, and I especially appreciated the atmosphere he created throughout the story. It was deliciously creepy much of the time, and I enjoyed it immensely. The fact that this is Finn’s debut novel is simply stunning to me. If his first novel is this good, I can’t WAIT to see what he comes up with next!
Highly recommending this book to everyone. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
Author: A. J. Finn
Title: The Woman in the Window
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 by William Morrow
Rating: 4 stars
About the Book
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.
Twisty and powerful, ingenious, and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
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