The Woman in the Window is a great book that I remember clear as day a year after reading. A reader friend just read it and was raving about it and it made my own love for the book resurface. Let me start by saying that this is a WEIRD book. But that’s what I liked about it – it is unique and different. Which is exactly why I am able to review it so long after reading it!
The Woman in the Window 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 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.”Goodreads
What I Loved
There is A LOT to this book. The protagonist, Anna, is one of those characters who we don’t quite believe. Not only is she agoraphobic, but she also drinks a lot and isn’t the best with taking her meds as she should. Is she crazy or is there truth to what she saw while spying on the neighbors? You won’t know for sure until the very end!
The Woman in the Window is also well-written. It is one of those books that has just the right amount of mystery, characters and twists. I read it in just a few days and was rushing to find out what was going on. This is one of a handful of thriller books that I would consider rereading so that I can fully appreciate it.
What I Didn’t Love
There wasn’t much I didn’t love about this book. If I had to pick something, I guess it would be the weakness of the protagonist. This woman is clearly in need of serious help and she is totally helpless. Obviously, there is a lot of character development and it all starts making sense. Plus, she’s not as helpless as it seems.
Either way, it’s still tough to see women portrayed this way, even when it’s essential to the plot. Plus, although I’m by no means agoraphobic, I do relate to a lot of her social anxiety. So maybe I cringe at her weakness because I know that I could potentially end up like her. I guess that makes me like the book even more because it taps into my own fears.
Summary: The Woman in the Window
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a great book that can be compared to an onion. Every page and chapter is like another layer of suspense. We learn so much about the protagonist and get completely sucked into her world! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller.