TITLE: The Woman In The Window
AUTHOR: A.J Finn
TRIGGER WARNING: A CHARACTER WITH AGORAPHOBIA, DEPRESSION & PTSD. ALSO AT THE END THE KILLER STATING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SEMI ‘DIAGNOSED’ WITH A PERSONALITY DISORDER.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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, and 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.
The woman in the window by AJ Finn is a thriller novel that deals with an unreliable narrator and her trying to understand if she saw what she really did one day.
Anna Fox, the protagonist of this story has agoraphobia. Depression and PTSD, I can’t personally speak to how accurate these portrayals were but they helped build a character who you care to pity and want to help.
This novel has a few twists and turns and I think, one of the best parts of it, is that you expect most of them, which stops you from expecting the final one. The killer in the end isn’t who I thought it was, and while it is cliche and apart of a common trope, I feel like it was done well enough, though there is a lot of hommage to Gillian Flynn in the ending few scenes as far as I’m concerned.
Personally I only really liked one character, Ethan. All the other characters were realistic to a point, and made realistic decisions, but something about him jumped off of the page and made me want to learn so much more about him. Unfortunately I didn’t come to like the protagonist, Anna Fox, however I didn’t hate her either, in the end I found myself indifferent towards her which is still not a great thing.
Overall the plot was slow moving but intriguing, and while it wasn’t the bet thriller nor the most original, it was entertaining.
-the final plot twist
-how at the end Anna deals with her MI’s
-how cliche it was
until next time,