Title: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Pub Date: January 2018
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
It will be a challenge to write this review and express how amazing and twisted this thriller is and say about the plot as little as possible. The Woman in the Window is masterfully executed psychological thriller with one of the most unreliable narrators I know. Anna has a severe agoraphobia, she hasn’t left her New York house in nearly a year. She’s all alone in the house, with the old black-and-white movies and wine keeping her company. From her house she can watch lives of her neighbours, she knows all about their routines, she knows their secrets. One family is particularly interesting to her, especially after she hears a scream from their house and sees something disturbing.
We are confined to the four walls of Anna’s house, we can feel how excruciatingly limiting and frustrating it is to stay indoors for so long. This limited space gives a great background to the growing obsession and fear. Anna mixes large amounts of alcohol with medications, how can we trust in everything she sees and hears? Other people come and say that what she says never happened. Thought the book we get expertly planted hints of what’s true. Anna can see them but she cannot connect them and understand what’s real and true.
The Woman in the Window is not easy to put down, it’s was build to keep you with your nose in the book from the beginning to the very end. Chapters are quick and precise, every few chapters the whole mystery is taking a new, unexpected turn. It was remarkably satisfying and thrilling to read. The ending is amazingly unexpected and expected at the same time, we are given all the clues to figure it out ourselves, but like Anna, we cannot connect it all and understand. For me, the ending is what makes or breaks the thriller, and this ending is on point. Nothing worse than spending time with a book just to be hugely disappointed by how the story ended.