Updated: Oct 23, 2018
As mentioned in previous posts, one of my main sources of conversation about books comes from my mom. Usually, if she reads a book that she knows I would enjoy she passes it along to me to borrow. Sometimes I will hold off on taking any new books from her so I can finish a book that I may be reading or start another book that I would like to read first. However, she insisted I read The Woman in the Window immediately because she knew I would love it just as much as she did. I decided to borrow this book and give it a go after reading All the Stars in the Heavens, and let's just say, I do not regret taking her suggestion. I finished this book last week though it only took me a couple of days to read. I started this post right after finishing the book because I was so excited to review it, but it has taken me a few days to get back on track and finally edit it.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a fictional suspense novel that instantly became a number one book on the New York Times Bestseller list. Typically, I do not read the reviews in books prior to reading it so I can form my own opinion of the book as I read. Yet, one of the first things that stood out about this novel is that well known suspense authors like Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, and Stephen King gave the book flattering reviews. These reviews in addition to my mom's suggestion set my hopes high for this novel, and as I read the book I was not disappointed. This novel is certainly one where readers should know from the start this is a must read!
Anna Fox, the main character in The Woman in the Window, is a child psychologist who has been living her life vicariously through her neighbors as she has been confined to her home for several months due to her Agoraphobia. In addition to drinking wine, one of her favorite hobbies is looking through her window in hopes to capture the lives of those around her. As Anna looks through her window one night she witnesses a horrifying event that she should have never seen. As she seeks to figure out what occurred on this mysterious night, her personal story unfolds causing complications in her pursuit for clarity and justice. Throughout the novel, readers are slowly led to the reason Anna has kept herself locked in her home for months. Anna's interactions with her neighbors, her therapist, and her family offer insight into her frame of mind.
The Woman in the Window pays homage to the film noir that Anna watches every day. This novel allows a psychological perspective most thrillers do not provide because Anna is the character who appears to be the focus of the psychological analysis. The novel is offered through Anna's perspective which makes the events intriguing but difficult to anticipate what could happen next - which is the best part of this novel. The suspense of the unknown makes the journey of reading this book intense and satisfying. The Woman in the Window is a spine-tingling psychological thriller that will leave readers coming back for more. Though I am usually pretty good at predicting outcomes of suspense novels, the ending was shocking and certainly not something I could have predicted.
I was on my toes from beginning to end, not wanting to put the book down so I could piece together the puzzle within the pages. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was quickly proven wrong. Once it was over, I felt surprised yet excited knowing the outcome of the story I had become attached to. Fans of suspense and thriller novels will love this novel, as it is a breath of fresh air that breaks free from the typical psychological suspense story line. The Woman in the Window became one of my favorite mystery/suspense novels, and I am sure it will be a number one pick for those who choose to read it. Overall, this novel was entertaining, clever, and thrilling, making it top choice for any reader.
Purchasing information note: Though this was a borrowed book, I actually purchased this book on Amazon for my mom, so I am able to offer some pricing information. But as always, I encourage readers to make their purchases from whichever store or website they prefer.
Title: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st Edition edition (January 2, 2018)
Price: Amazon online $16.19; Books A Million online $17.27