Tuesday, January 2, 2018
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Separated from her husband and daughter, agoraphobic, psychiatrist, neighbor watcher, photo taker.
Anna Fox was all of those, but mostly agoraphobic. Anna hadn’t left her home for ten months and even rented her basement to a young man who could do errands for her so she wouldn't have to leave the house.
To pass the time, Anna would sleep, drink wine, take her meds that were not to be taken with alcohol, spy on the neighbors, wonder what they did, and pray that no one ever saw her looking at them through her camera lens. You do have to feel sorry for her because agoraphobia is a crippling disease.
Anna saw things she shouldn’t see and heard things she shouldn’t hear, but she said it isn’t any of my business so she left it. One night, though, she saw something she shouldn’t have seen and reported it to the police anyway.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW dragged on talking about Anna’s days and her chats with people on the computer about their shared disease.
The dragging immediately ceased and the tension immediately mounted when Anna saw her neighbor get stabbed, when she called 911, when no one believed her, when she started to investigate, and when she became more paranoid when out-of-the-ordinary things started happening to her.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW kept my interest, but it wasn’t edge-of-your-seat or gripping until the last half of the book. The ending had enough gripping action to make up for the slow start.
I think the oddity of Anna and her situation kept things going in the first half of the book along with the wondering about the reason for the separation from her family.
All in all, if you can get past the beginning, you are in for a marvelous psychological thriller and lots of surprises. 4/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and Edelweiss in return for an honest review.