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The woman in the window: Book review

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Goodreads Synopsis

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 neighbours.

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.


A.J. Finn’s debut novel The woman in the window is a highly anticipated psychological thriller released in 2018 that i was eager to get to and dive into this suspenseful page turner that I completely devoured. I absolutely loved this story so consequently gave in a 5 stars and will definitely be checking out more thrillers in the future.

It took me the first 30 or so pages to get into the writing style as it was quite choppy with short sentences but once I got used to Finn’s style of writing I found that it really benefited the pacing and the plot of the story, it made the book super engaging, quick to read and complete with the short chapters I just wanted to keep reading and fly through this to get some answers.

I also really liked the character of Anna, although she was an unreliable narrator I found that to be key to the plot of the book. Anna is an agoraphobic {I don’t know how accurate the representation is} and also an alcoholic so we are never sure if we can 100% trust what she has seen or what she is telling us throughout the book therefore this element just makes you question your own sanctity whilst Anna is facing the dilemma of figuring out what actually happened. I definitely wanted to rip my hair out at some points in the book I just wanted to finally understand what was happening. A.J. Finn did a really good job in my opinion of not only making me question my sanity but also making me empathise with Anna, she may have frustrated me at times but she also made me feel for her especially in the scene where we learn more about her backstory and what caused her to live the way she does now.

THE ENDING! I was completely surprised by the ending and I thought it was pretty well done, there were a few reveals that I did see coming along the way but I don’t see that as an issue because I think they were mainly there as red herrings anyway. I loved how we thought we had got the full story and the answers we needed but then Finn completely flipped the reveal on its head which was my favourite part of this whole thing. I do believe that although I enjoyed this book it could feel a little tropey for those who read a lot of thrillers as I don’t think it was a particularly unique idea, it felt very similar to The girl on the train which I read last year and quite enjoyed. Having said this I feel that A.J. Finn made this his own story and putting his own spin on the classic tropes and would love to read more from him as well as more thrillers in the future.

Overall I really enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend even if you’re like me and don’t have much experience when it comes to thrillers. Let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it too? Thanks for reading x

Chloe

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