From the Jacket
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, a mother, 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.
Let me just start off by saying I don’t usually read mysteries and/or thrillers, but this one looked too good to pass up! Basically, I got sick of seeing it on displays at my bookstore reminding me I hadn’t read it, and the movie trailer looks SO phenomenal that it was finally time for me to give in!
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW features the most unreliable of narrators, with all the traditional tropes rolled up into one. Anna is an alcoholic agoraphobic who constantly watches classic thriller movies, is suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. was recently separated from her husband and daughter, and (sporadically) takes a boatload of medications (with alcohol). Combine all of the above and you get a character with a pretty bad memory but a vivid imagination, looking for a new purpose in life. Despite Anna’s numerous “bad” qualities, there’s still something about her that made me want to believe her, no matter how many reasons I had not to.
“I was fighting for my life. So I must not want to die. And if I don’t want to die, I’ve got to start living.”
WOMAN is a pretty thick book, and, though the plot moves relatively quickly, especially with 2-3 page chapters, around the halfway point it did lose momentum. Anna drinking and not remembering whether or not she took her pills grew repetitive and tiresome; a good 50 pages or so could’ve been edited out, or at least trimmed down. Other than that, I think THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is a pretty strong novel. I found it to be pretty surprising and “thrilling,” although one detail from Anna’s past that was meant to be a shock was pretty predictable.
Being my first thriller, I’m so glad by how much I enjoyed A.J. Finn’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW! I’m definitely interested in taking a bigger dip into this genre now, and I’m especially excited to see Amy Adams portray main character Anna in the film, out May 15!