The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn #Review @AJFinnBooks @wmmorrowbooks

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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!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss.

 

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Author: A. J. Finn

Title: The Woman in the Window

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Expected publication: January 2nd, 2018 by William Morrow

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase Links

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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.

About the Author

A. J. Finn (Source: Goodreads)
A. J. Finn (Source: Goodreads)

A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen #Review #BlogTour @greerkh @sarahpekkanen ‏@StMartinsPress

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I’m not going to go into any details about the book in my review, which will shorten it a great deal, but believe me—I’m doing everyone who hasn’t read it yet a huge favor.  For maximum reading enjoyment, you REALLY need to not know anything beyond what is said in the cryptic blurb. If you do that, this book is guaranteed to knock you off your feet.

That’s how I read this book. I started it with certain expectations of what might happen, and all I can say is I was never so happy to be so completely wrong about a book in my life. I can say without hesitation that The Wife Between Us is easily one of the best books I have ever read in this genre, if not the best. The characters are crisply written, and you’ll find yourself siding with one or the other early on. The plot is complex, yet easy to follow and the events that take place within the story will keep the story uppermost in your mind during those moments life forces you to (reluctantly) stop reading for a while. Thrilling plot twists and stunning reveals will shatter everything you come to expect from the story, and have you frantically reading to see what happens next.

Don’t miss out on reading the book that is destined to be listed as one of the best releases of 2018. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your TBR immediately!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley.

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Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Title: The Wife Between Us

Genre: Suspense

Published: January 9th, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the Book

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.

You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.

You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

About the Authors

Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (Photo by Bill Miles)
Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks (Photo by Bill Miles)

GREER HENDRICKS spent over two decades as an editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

SARAH PEKKANEN is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others.

The Child by Fiona Barton #Review @figbarton @BerkleyPub

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The Child is a multi-layered mystery with one burning question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

The story is told from the perspectives of four women:

  • Emma: A reclusive, secretive woman married to a (much older) man. The discovery of the baby’s remains leaves Emma obsessed with the need to know what the police know about the child.
  • Jude: Mother of Emma, with whom she has a strained relationship due to events that happened when Emma was a teenager.
  • Angela Irving: Her newborn baby was kidnapped from the hospital years ago, and never found. She believes the Building Site Baby might be the remains of her long-lost child… which is creating tension within her family.
  • Kate Waters: Newspaper journalist investigating the story of the Building Site Baby. Will the remains prove to be that of the lost Irving child… or someone else?

For me, the book seemed to start a bit slow, and I had a momentary thought of setting it aside. I persevered, however, because I HAD to find out the identity of the baby! And I’m so glad I did, because the slow start was not at all indicative of the way the story flowed throughout the rest of the book. (To be honest, maybe the “slow” start had more to do with me being distracted by others as I read, which could easily have skewed my perception of its beginning.)

I enjoyed this story a great deal. The layers of mystery made the book even more intriguing, and it was great fun for me to try to work out all the pieces of the multiple puzzles. I did manage to figure out one thing, but there was another reveal at the end that I never saw coming. It was a fantastic twist, and I loved it!

This is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Barton, but I’m sure I’ll be reading more from this author in the future! If you haven’t read it yet? You should!

Now that my review is finished, here’s an amusing story. I originally requested an ARC of this book through First to Read. I had it long enough—and read enough books in the interim—to forget that I had it. Then I noticed it on Netgalley—didn’t remember I already had it—and requested it again. You have no idea how foolish I felt when I realized I now had TWO copies of the same ARC. Ah, well. It served to teach me the importance of making sure I’m not requesting a book I already have!  #BookBloggerProblems, indeed. 😂

I received an advance review copy of this book from Berkley via First to Read and Netgalley.

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Author: Fiona Barton

Title: The Child

Genre: Psychological Suspense, Mystery

Published: June 27th 2017 by Berkley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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About the Book

The author of the stunning New York Times bestseller The Widow returns with a brand-new novel of twisting psychological suspense.

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…


About the Author

Author Fiona Barton
Author Fiona Barton

My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist – senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.

But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.

The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.

It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.

Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.

However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.

My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.

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