This book had a slow start and it was not until midway that it finally picked up but it really went gangbusters after that. It is a quick read because of the writing style. Most of the book is written like a screen play dialogue. The main character is unlikeable and flawed. At times you get frustrated with her and at other times you feel sorry for her when nobody believes her story. The plot was very interesting and kept the pages turning. The twists towards the end were great and I was very much surprised a the ending. I liked the all the old-time noir crime thrillers that were mentioned throughout as the main character was also a movie buff. I would highly recommend this book to those who like psychological thrillers.
This is a must-read for everyone who enjoys cleverly-crafted suspense. It is also an homage to black and white movie thrillers, particularly Rear Window.
Anna Fox, a child psychologist, is agoraphobic, alcoholic and a prescription drug abuser. Her only contacts with the outside world are visits from her therapists for physical and psychological damage. Her days are spent perusing her neighbors' activities while drinking large quantities of wine and watching vintage movies. Her interest is piqued when the Russell family moves in across the street, and she enjoys a rare visit from the Russell son and his mother. Anna also has a male tenant who lives in the basement of her home and helps with occasional home maintenance.
The mystery surrounding Anna's self-imposed exile is slowly revealed through online discussions with other agoraphobes seeking her insight as a psychologist. The tension slowly builds when Anna, an unreliable witness based on her alcoholism, observes an act of violence that propels her into the outside world.
This is a remarkably engaging book with a conclusion that I didn't anticipate. It is worth the hype it has received, and would be a movie reminiscent of Hitchcock's best.
At first I didn't think this was a mystery/thriller. A good portion of the story is about a troubled woman who has experienced major trauma, suffering from agoraphobia. Ultimately through some well placed twists, it becomes suspenseful and adds some mystery in the story. A good page-turner.
As I began to read The Woman in the Window, the thought ran through my mind that I would drive Anna Fox nuts. You see, I lived next door to a Peeping Tom as I was growing up, so I learned at a very early age to close the curtains once the sun goes down. You want to see something interesting? Move along down the street because you're not going to find it at this house!
As I read a little further, another thought crossed my mind. Why am I reading this book when Anna Fox is the type of character I don't like? I have few hot buttons when it comes to reading, but characters who drink to excess is one of them. Anna literally spends her days swilling wine and gobbling pills-- most of which her doctor has told her expressly not to take with alcohol. But I couldn't stop reading. In fact, I found myself reading faster, and I think I know why.
A.J. Finn made Anna Fox a compelling, sympathetic, "train wreck" of a character. The sort of character that you know something bad is going to happen to, and you just have to keep reading to find out what that bad thing is and if she's going to survive it.
The second thing that had my eyeballs glued to the page was the way the story unfolded. Finn does an absolutely marvelous job of weaving old movies like "Gaslight" and references to such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie into his story. Moreover, he does it in such a way that the end result's not a slavish imitation but something that keeps the gears whirring in your head while you smile, snuggle down deeper into your chair, and keep on reading.
There are two big secrets in The Woman in the Window. How did I do in uncovering them? I figured out one and could kick myself for not deducing the other. If you're in the mood for a story that has more twists and turns than San Francisco's Lombard Street, you really should get your hands on a copy of A.J. Finn's book. It's a good'un.
Deff deserves more than 3 stars. I love any kind of story of a voyeuristic nature on some levels. I loved Rear Window, both years of it.
This book was very good but it could have used a few more moments of people watching from the window. There didn't seem to be enough of those. It had fast chapters which I liked and didn't. Some were too short.
The book has a surprising ending. I thought I knew who the killer could be but then the author takes you on a different journey. Deff worth reading.
A psychological thriller with twists and turns and a surprising ending. Agorophobic woman watches her neighbors out the window and watches a woman across the street get murdered. The "who did it" is one story line that has twists and turns and will keep you guessing. I equally liked the story line of the main character who is agoraphobic - how did she become that way, what happened to her, what happened to her family. The first story line was a psychological suspense. The second was hauntingly sad. Good combination. Well written.
A suspenseful, thrilling ride with all the right twists in the right places, with pieces revealed in steady drips that kept me hanging on for more, but not without some heartache along the way. Easily one of my top reads so far this year and enthusiastically recommended.
This is not my usual genre to read, but if you're looking for psychological suspense, this is compelling! I could not read it before bed because it was so intense. I did not see the twists coming. Enjoy it if you like that breathless feeling!
This wasn't great. Not bad, but not great. Not "unputdownable" as Stephen King supposedly said (I have a hard time imagining him using that word at all).
I hated Anna - her medicating & drinking just ticked me off. The last 20 or soo-o pages were decent & I'm not sure how I fell about the ending.
Overall, too 'Girl in a Train -&all the rest like those bestsellers - for me.