Author: A.J. Finn
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published On: January 2, 2018
Published By: William Morrow
Pages: 427 [hardcover/BOTM edition]
The Woman in the Window was my January Book of the Month pick!
Dr. Anna Fox is a child psychiatrist… or I suppose, she used to be.
She suffers from PTSD agoraphobia, meaning she never leaves her home, though how she got there is a mystery. Just ten months ago, she enjoyed going to work everyday, attended holiday parties, and spent time outdoors with her family. Now, with empty wine bottles over-flowing the recycling bin, the mere thought of the vast outdoors terrifies her.
She passes the time watching movies, on the internet, or watching her neighbors. She finds delight in knowing what her neighbors are doing: what books they are reading, who’s cheating on their spouse, who has a temper, who does yoga.
“Watching is like nature photography: You don’t interfere with the wildlife.”
When Anna witnesses something terrible from the behind her window, her world turns into shambles. Who would believe the drunk, pill-popping shut in?
The Woman in the Window is enrapturing from the start. It gave me a bit of a Girl on the Train vibe, what with the heavy drinking, life falling apart, and witnessing something from behind a window. Albeit, there are endless twists and turns throughout the book. I read over half of the book the first night and was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Dr. Anna Fox is simply addicting!
I have to say, I typically bash psychological thrillers where the female protagonist is believed to be flying off her rocker.
“A freak to the neighbors. A joke to the cops. A special case to her doctor. A pity case to her physical therapist. A shut-in. No hero. No sleuth. I am locked in. I am locked out.”
While this book totally falls into that category, it broke the mold and I couldn’t get enough of it. The suspense, plot twists and character development were all expertly executed.
Okay, I don’t mean to be nit-picky. The Woman in the Window features short chapters. I prefer short chapters, actually; I live a busy life and like for books to have easily accessible breaking points. However, at points, the chapters (no fewer than 100 of them) were so short that it was almost a waste of paper… But that’s about the only negative thing I can say about this book!
My Next Read: The English Wife by Lauren Willig