Dennis Reviews: The Woman In The Window

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Book Title: The Woman In The Window
Author: A.J. Finn
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Goodreads
Pub Date: 01/02/18
5 STARS

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 neighbors. 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?

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It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening…

The Woman in the Window is intoxicating, dark, and simply unputdownable. AJ Finn’s debut novel is placed in current day, gentrified Harlem, New York City, where Dr. Anna Fox spends her day in her five-story townhouse drinking Merlot, spying on her neighbors, and mixing pills to numb her thoughts. She has theories and pseudo-storylines for her neighbors, each one being unique and different in their own way. When she is not photographing and spying on her neighbors, Anna watches famous black and white movies to pass the time and regularly checks in with her daughter and husband, who she recently has separated from. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, preventing her from leaving the confines of her house and limiting her ability to experience the real world effectively. Her hours, days, and weeks are consumed by fear and curiosity. When her new neighbors move in across the park from her house, Anna is intrigued at their anonymity. As she begins to investigate the story of her new neighbors, something horribly goes wrong. Anna witnesses something that shouldn’t have happened—or did she?

I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and literally jumped out of my bed and yelled, “YESSS!!!” I immediately was drawn to the story because let’s face it, spending time spying on your neighbors while drinking too much wine sounds like my Friday nights. I was curious to see how this story would develop and see what the hype was about. After getting hooked in right from the beginning, I figured out why. The Woman in the Window will definitely not be for everybody. The initial pacing is moderate, to say the least. I wouldn’t classify it as a slow burn however, because as the story progresses, the character development of Anna and the provided characters becomes ever more intriguing. Nothing is rushed or overlooked—everything is portrayed at exactly the right time. Why is Anna agoraphobic? What’s her mental state like? How is she coping? What’s going on in the outside world that she’s missing? Who are all these people around her? These are just some of the questions that pulled me in while starting The Woman in the Window and it kept me guessing until the end.

The Woman in the Window breaks away from the mold of some of the more recent in-your-face psychological thrillers that have been sprouting out more and more since the release of the book that shall not be named, and that’s very refreshing to me. This type of psychological thriller really gets you in the mindset of Anna’s psyche without throwing everything at you at once.

As I’ve stated earlier, this book will not be for everyone. This thriller breaks the mold and sets a new standard—so buckle up 2018!

Thank you Goodreads and William Morrow Books for my advanced copy.

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About The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea is a happily married mother of two who's love of mysteries can be traced back to her first Nancy Drew experience. When not reading and writing book reviews, she likes to drink wine in her jammies and pretend that she exercises.
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7 Responses to Dennis Reviews: The Woman In The Window

  1. Stephanie says:

    Fantastic review! I’ve been hoarding this one to read until winter break (I’m a teacher), and I’m even more excited to read it now! It really sounds superb!

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  2. Awesome review, I’m even more excited to read this one now!

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  3. Great review. A.J. Finn spoke at our bookseller trade show luncheon and was hilarious. I can’t wait to read his book!

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  4. I keep hearing amazing things about this book! Great review! 👍🏼

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  5. Brandie says:

    This sounds awesome, I can’t wait to read it!

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  6. FictionFan says:

    I must say it sounds almost exactly like the plot of Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Does the author acknowledge the debt? I can’t help noticing the blurb calls it “Hitchcockian” – indeed!

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