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.
Anna passes her time watching movies, surfing 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!
Who is A. J. Finn?
The Woman in the Window is not only published by William Morrow, it was written by William Morrow’s own vice president and executive editor: Daniel Mallory. I know what you’re thinking: doesn’t that seem rigged?
Mallory submitted his manuscript under the gender-neutral pseudonym A. J. Finn. He came up with the name by combining his cousins name (Alice Jane) with the name of his family dog (Finn).
“The competition for North American rights ended with a $2 million, two-book winning offer from Mr. Mallory’s own publishing house, William Morrow, plus deals with a record-breaking 37 international publishers and a film deal with Fox 2000.” (The New York Times)
The Woman in the Window has been wildly best-selling and even hit #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I found this information in the New York Times article, ‘Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List’.
My Next Read: The English Wife by Lauren Willig