When I first read the description for The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, it said if you liked Gone Girl you would like this book. But I think if you liked The Girl on the Train you would like this book.
The main character, Anna Fox, is a child therapist who suffers from agoraphobia and has not left her house for the past ten months. She spends her days watching old black and white thrillers, on the internet in an agoraphobia group giving advice, drinking lots of wine, taking her meds that are not to be mixed with alcohol and spying on her neighbors. She knows all about her neighbors and their schedules.
Then a new family moves in across the way and she starts watching them. She meets the teenage son who comes to visit, and she meets his mom who stops by. Then she witnesses something horrible take place with the new family. That is where the story turns into a psychological thriller.
This book has a feel like Hitchcock’s Rear Window. As Finn slowly reveals what really happened in the house across the way, I found my heart pounding just a little faster. As you get deeper into the story there is twist after twist after twist with shocks at every turn. I thought I knew what was going on and then – nope. Along with the incident at the neighbor’s house, Anna’s life slowly is revealed. Why doesn’t her husband and daughter live with her anymore? And why did she turn into an agoraphobia ten months ago?
If you like psychological thrillers, you will enjoy The Woman in the Window. This is a very quick read, because you will not want to put it down. Make sure to carve out a good chunk of time where you won’t get distracted because you will not want to put this down.
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-five languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hithcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat