Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Title: The Woman in the Window

Author: A.J. Finn
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 25/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 


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?

Spoiler-Free Review:

I was so excited to read this one! As soon as I read the synopsis, I was already hooked, a thriller with an interesting plot-line, an unreliable narrator and a Hitchcockian/Rear-Window vibe.

This story follows Anna, an agoraphobiac (something which adds a strong psychological element to the story for me), who hasn't left her own apartment in ten months, however she lives a life outside of her apartment through observing her neighbours through her apartment window. This leads to Anna witnessing an attack in her new neighbour's apartment, but when she reports what she has witnessed, no one will believe her, not even the police. Anna begins to think her medication could have messed with her head and questions whether she can trust what she saw, or whether there is a reason that others refuse to believe her!

I liked Anna as a character, although the whole, unreliable narrator thing is very overdone in thrillers these days, Finn did this very well, and I enjoyed the confusion over whether we could trust anything that the main character was saying or thinking. I also liked the fact that Anna was a child-psychologist, with a psychological disorder. I thought her character was very interesting, and developed throughout the book. 

In terms of the writing, I was pleasantly surprised, the book was well-paced in my opinion, it started out slow and then quickly became a complete page-turner! A.J. Finn also has some talent which makes you question EVERYONE, anyone could be involved, and although some twists were predictable, the final result was one that I was not expecting, at all!

Overall, I would highly recommend this book for both thriller-addicts like me, and also for those looking for their introduction to a decent, gripping thriller. I can't wait to see what you all think, and to read more of A.J. Finn's stuff in the future. 

Please let me know what you thought of this one, I'm so interested if it hooked everyone like it did me!


*This book is released on January, 25th 2018 in the UK*

I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to HarperCollins for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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