This book has a slow build. The pacing seemed patterned after the classic black-and-white psychological thrillers liberally referenced throughout the book. Considering the main character, Anna Fox, is a former child psychologist and a current agoraphobic who has little else to do inside her house all day than ply herself with pills and Merlot, watch those old black-and-white thrillers, play chess online and spy on her neighbors, it took some doing to keep the book moving at all, so points to the author for that. When no action is happening (pill-counting, anyone?), the pages drag by. When there's action, though, the book pulled me in and got really interesting.
Anna is an unreliable narrator, to be sure. She is deeply depressed and isn't even sure she can trust herself or her own eyes. And she certainly doesn't know what to believe - at least at first - when the police find no evidence of the murder she claims to have witnessed. Adding to the disquiet is that the other characters in the book are rarely what they seem at first to be.
While I guessed the first big twist long before it was revealed, the ending caught me by surprise. All in all, a decent debut - and one I could easily see made into a movie with a black-and-white feel.
One of the best books I have read. Full of suspense and tension for the entire book. Very surprise ending.
This was honestly the first psychological thrillers that I've read and I was on the edge of my seat. I love how the author makes you feel like you're on the mental journey with the narrator, a shut-in struggling from a trauma. She has so many side-conversations with herself and it challenges you to keep up with the fast pace of her anxiety. The entire time I was going back and forth trying to figure out whether or not everything was really happening or if it was all conjured up in the narrator's head. I knew the ending was going to be intense, but the entire story had a great build throughout and a satisfying ending you're sure to love!! (No spoilers:)
This book REALLY grabbed me from the beginning. Perhaps it had something to do with psychotic breaks (ha). And I was very surprised to find out A.J. is male, I want in his head! Very nicely written, smooth dialogue that is raw with feeling.
I read the entire thing in one day - I quite simply could not put it down! I am looking forward to the movie, as I thought that the plot twists were mostly unexpected, and added plenty of depth to otherwise flat/predictable characters.
Would highly recommend!
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn was probably one of the best thrillers I have ever read (not exaggerating). At first when I saw the title, it reminded me of the book The Girl on the Train, because both titles were just a short description of the main characters, and when I read the summary I was shocked! It sounded exactly like the The Girl on the Train and I was preparing myself to read the same book twice. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the differences in both books. I found The Girl on the Train to be very slow-moving in the beginning, but The Woman in the Window was fast-paced and so suspenseful. I was literally gripping the book while wearing a concentrated expression from the middle of the book and on. I just couldn’t put the book down. Considering this was Finn’s debut novel, it was pretty amazing and mysterious. By the time I was at the end of the book, I wished that I could somehow reread the book and enjoy it all over again. I definitely give this book 5/5 stars and recommend it to readers ages 16 and up.
@ilovebooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Dr. Anna Fox is a wife, mother, child psychologist, and for close to a year now, an agoraphobic; unable to leave her home from fear of the outside. Her hobbies include spying on her neighbours, watching old movies and drinking copious amounts of merlot. While medicated... and drunk, she witnesses something in the house across the street. Of course, no one believes her. Is she safe? Did it happen? Has she lost her mind?
This book really is "unputdownable!" I felt connected to Anna, I liked her and wanted to trust her. Other reviewers complained that her drinking became too repetitive throughout the novel. While that's technically true, she IS an alcoholic. I felt the mention of her drinking was necessary, to really gauge the state of mind she was in. What I did find overdone however, were the movie references. Having only seen maybe one of those movies, the characters, dialogue, and scenes described made me feel somewhat disconnected and eventually annoyed. All that being said, this book had me guessing from the start! I figured out one major twist on my own, but did not see that ending coming! Highly enjoyable, well worth the read.
As both a fan of good suspense stories and classic movie thrillers, this book was right up my alley. I found the language and style engaging, and the characters largely memorable. I will say that I did see the main twist coming about halfway through the book, but I was so entertained that I literally could not put the book down and spent an entire evening racing to the finish.
What a compelling and edge-of-your seat book! I couldn't put it down. One of the best mysteries I have read in a while. So many 'surprises' to keep your suspense on high gear.
A good read. Kept me guessing. I figured out my suspect, but they turned out to be something I didn't consider. Kind of clunky writing, but it fit in with the "I drink too much" theme.
Tons of buzz around this title brought it to my attention. I thought it was quite good--enough to keep me going over the weekend to see how it came out. I had figured out most of the "mystery" points by the end but still enjoyed the action-packed climax. Obviously it should make a good movie (already optioned) since it's reminiscent of another movie classic: Rear Window.
Lately I've been ripping through thrillers/mysteries and this one tops the list this year. Creepy and suspenseful, with the right amount of wit to cut the tension.
This was a really great and amazing novel. There was never a dull moment at all. The way the story twisted and turned was too well written. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend everyone to read it!
I feel better to find that this is a pen name, and the author is actually male --
because the only issue I've had since starting the book is that the female voice just felt "off," and especially so for a child psychologist.
Even when she talks about crying over her former patients, there's a detachment that sounds male to me.
And it is. But it's a hell of a read so far and only going to get better, I expect.
This is the first fiction novel I have been able to get into for a long time...I usually prefer non-fiction or YouTube. And by "get into" I mean I was completely absorbed and mesmerized. This writer uses language lusciously. I was compelled all the way through. I'm returning it early so the next person can read it ASAP.
Found it tedious and draggy. Just couldn't get into the character...oh well, can't like them all
LOVED this book! A great read that had some unexpected twists! Quick read for the summer! :) Off to find more by this author!
I have read a lot of thrillers but this one was amazing. I started it at 4:30 pm and quite literally couldn’t stop. Finished it at 10 pm. Now I am going to look up A. J. Finn and see if she has started her next book yet!
Very, very, very well-written. This book makes you feel a plethora of emotions. I was so touched and experienced annoyance, disappointment, shock, etc. at the same time.
The Woman in the Window is a rollercoaster. There are plenty of twists and turns at every corner in the story, and I was always on the edge of my seat. Also, the ending is so creepy and messed up.
A long slog through boredom. Not especially well written. Nothing new or original. Couldn't care less about the characters.
I really enjoyed this fast-moving book. I read the large print version -- almost 600 pages -- in two days during a beach vacation! If you are looking for a new author, this could be the book for you.
This is a well written psychological thriller. If you liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train you will enjoy this one.
March 20 2018
This novel reads like a stylish black and white film noir. A. J. Finn has written a story that is an homage to all the old films of the 40s and 50s. He has created a psychological thriller that could have been directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Turn off your phone, pour yourself a glass of wine and prepare to be thrilled. NC