The woman in the window is a novel/thriller about Dr. Anna Fox who lives confined to her house. She was diagnosed with Agoraphobia and spends her days keeping a close watch on her neighbors. Anna talks to her husband and daughter about her day over the phone because they no longer live together. She gets her groceries delivered, her Psychiatrist and physical therapist visit her at her house and she refuses to leave. Her world is now inside the four walls of her house.

Then one day a new family moves into her neighborhood. She spies on them but sees something that shocked her and that will make her world fall into pieces. Secrets start coming out and we are sent into a mission on finding out what is real and what is not. Questions start to arise and the story takes us into a roller-coaster ride to find out who is in danger and who is the dangerous person; what really happened and how to come out alive and safe.

The woman in the window was written by A. J. Finn, a pseudonym for Daniel Mallory who has written several for the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, amongst others. The story takes place in New York City where the author lives. The book was published in 2018 and has been praised and loved.

I was able to somehow relate to the characters. I think it’s the way the story is built that you develop a certain kind of relationship with the characters where you start feeling what they feel and understanding where they are coming from. Especially Anna, living alone, she tells you a lot of details about her everyday life and goes deep into what she is feeling and doing.

While reading the book, I found myself in today’s New York and I was able to see the houses around me. I found myself looking through Anna’s window and at the same time looking at her the way her neighbors would be looking at her. It’s very interesting how Finn makes you connect with them from the start. Everything around the scene of the book is familiar and believable. It can happen to anyone.

This book is labeled as a thriller but I don’t know if I was able to feel that excitement that a thriller story has. Yes, it’s a psychological thriller and it keeps you thinking and guessing but I’m missing something. Maybe I was looking for more but I can’t quite pin down what that is. I do admit, however, that the end of the story takes quite a turn and so many surprises come to light. But there was something about getting through all the plot that was a little dragging. I agree that it was necessary to understand everything and it was building us up towards the end but I felt it was a little too much going on. As you can see, I’m torn here. I liked it and I truly enjoyed it but at the same time I wanted the story to move a little faster at times.

I feel like I can say a lot more about the book but I don’t want to give away any details and spoil it for you. Instead, I will give you the pros and cons of the book. Of course, this is according to me and I am far from being a professional book reviewer. Let’s get the bad out of the way and start with the cons: As I mentioned before, the pace was a little too slow for my taste. I would get annoyed by the characters sometimes, especially with Anna. This feeling changed a lot throughout the book so it doesn’t weigh much. Now the police, they do get on my nerves. I get it that Anna comes off as this crazy woman but for God’s sake she can’t be making everything up! Can she? Doubting the truth of the characters is exciting but I feel that there was a point where doubting was being carried out too much. I’m going to say it again – I wanted it to move faster.

Now for the pros, it’s mixed in with what I didn’t like much. For example, getting annoyed with the characters’ actions but then changing the way I perceived them because something else comes up. That was good. Is Anna giving us the true story? Can we trust her? Can we trust the Russells, her new neighbors? Can we even trust her tenant David? What about Ed (husband) and Olivia (daughter)? The deeper you go into the book the more and more surprises that come to unravel and they are shockers. It sort of blows your mind for a bit there. I think that this is the wonder of this book, it keeps you guessing and you will most likely be wrong most if not all of the time.

So overall I did enjoy it. The originality of the book, the subjects it touches, the vulnerability of the characters and the way Finn plays with your mind is amazing. I don’t think that the parts I didn’t enjoy matter much to the whole perception I have of this book. Would I read it again? Yes, definitely! Do I recommend it? You should read it. And while you are at it, take a notebook with you and write down your guesses and your thoughts. Then let me know if you got anything right.

Not that it matters much but on my mind, I give this book a solid 4 stars. Do I know how to rate a book? No, not really but I still want to say.

I want to end this by quoting the great King – Stephen King that is – and his thoughts about this book: “One of those rare books that really is unputdownable… delightful and chilling. Remarkable… totally original.” So there you go, King knows better than me and if you don’t agree we can still be friends but what is wrong with you? I’m just kidding, not everyone’s taste is the same when it comes to books… or anything in life actually but we’re talking about books here. Anyways, he enjoyed it and I think so will you.

I want to end this by quoting the great King – Stephen King that is – and his thoughts about this book: “One of those rare books that really is unputdownable… delightful and chilling. Remarkable… totally original.” So there you go, King knows better than me and if you don’t agree we can still be friends but what is wrong with you? I’m just kidding, not everyone’s taste is the same when it comes to books… or anything in life actually but we’re talking about books here. Anyways, he enjoyed it and I think so will you.

If you want, you can pick up a copy of the book at the Harper Collins Publishers website or just go to Amazon or your local/favorite bookstore. The hardcover retails for $26.99 but you can get other formats like an e-book, large print or audiobook.

Let me know if you read this one or if you are planning on picking it up. I would like to know your thoughts. Leave me a comment down below if you like these reviews and if you would like to see something in particular as well.


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