By: A. J. Finn
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 1/2/2018
My Rating: 5 Stars + +
A.J. Finn’s most talked about (highly anticipated) psychological thriller THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW,
most definitely lives up to the hype! A B S O R B I N G. Just when you think
you have attained your answers and you have reached the top of the mountain— think again. The climb has only begun. It is just gaining speed.
From here on out, it is non-stop action, suspense —unputdownable. There are many more twists to follow before reaching the explosive ending— making this an "engrossing"5 stars “must read” and Top Thrillers of 2018. Audiobook
Not sure I have ever been this immersed in an audiobook previously. Cannot stress enough, Ann Marie Lee (narrator) rocks! Her performance is award-winning. I was hanging on every word.
Generally, with audio, I am distracted by other work and continuously rewinding. Not the case with THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. Listen to Clip
BTW, I purchased the Kindle format, hardcover (which has not arrived from Amazon), and the audiobook. Anna, age 38
agoraphobic, cat owner, fond of wine drinking wine and pill popping to ease her fears. She likes old classic black-and-white movie classics — and she spies on her neighbors.
“Everything goes down better with a glass of smooth merlot.” When Anna views the woman in the window:
"I noticed she liked a drink in the morning, as do I."
The narrator: again, off-the-charts bloody-good.
The author: So many delicious witty one-liners. Anna is a child psychologist
and often advises a few patients by email. “The doctor is in.”
She does not venture into the outside world; however, she does have phone conversations with her husband (ex) and her eight-year-old daughter.Readers are unsure
what happened to her family and why she is in this state. However, she is in constant contact with her husband and daughter even though they live apart. We suspect something dreadful, painful, and tragic occurred.
She resides in a beautiful large home in Manhattan and has a handsome tenant, who is a carpenter. He lives in her basement.Her latest highlight
a new form of entertainment happens to be her new neighbors. They do not seem to have any window dressing, and she enjoys observing. (spying). Trying to figure out their life from her eyes. Ethan Russell,
the son (age sixteen) lives across the street. He is a pleasant enough young man, and Anna seems to connect with him. She also meets the parents: Paul and Jane (from the window). Then one night,
after watching her usual noir films, she witnesses a crime. She is frantic! She sees a woman murdered. She immediately calls the police.
However, she is not a credible witness. After all, she comes across as crazy, paranoid, unstable. Pretty much an alcoholic buzzed out on pills, and an agoraphobic. She is beyond puzzled
and begins her own investigation. The wife is OK and alive, says the cops. However, the wife is not the one she saw that night. Therefore, Anna thinks she is an imposter.
However, what is the motive?
What happened to the woman in the window?She immediately begins suspecting everyone.
She becomes obsessed. Picking up clues any way she can. The also has a feeling Ethan is scared of his parents and offers him friendship.Cleverly, the author unravels
the reasoning behind Anna becoming an alcoholic and an agoraphobic. However, again, this is NOT the end. Do not let your guard down. Keep your spy hat in place.Anna continues
to watch her Hitchcockian movies (the titles relate to parts of her investigation) and speaks to her family. Slowly she begins suspecting she is not crazy like everyone thinks she is.
However, she needs to seek solid answers before she gets the police involved again. She must find clues and confront the problem. It is not paranoia or is it? The cops think
with the constant viewing of late night crime movies, in combination with her alcohol and medication she sees things that are not there.
However, Anna is more than determined to find answers to prove to herself and everyone there is something more sinister at play. In doing so, then she may be able to face her demons to begin to live a somewhat healthy life.What a fantastic book!
and plotted, psychologically rich, characters well-drawn, highly emotional —From love, loss, to complete madness. Anna is a woman you can sympathize with, no matter your gender or age. I listened/read in one sitting.
Once you reach the 50-75% mark, you will understand why the movie rights. As mentioned in my review of THE WIVES BETWEEN US,
(another huge hit 5 Stars ++) with film rights; why these two books will be on the bestseller list for some time to come:
Readers are getting the “best” of the literary world (expertise) with the two author's background in journalism, and the publishing world, plus Pekkannen is a well established best-selling author. These guys know what they are doing and do it well. What a way to kick off 2018!
Back to TWITW: I enjoyed the second half of the book, more than the first part. The first part is a slow-burning set up for the fast-paced, intense second half.
If you have read, The Ghostwriter
by Alessandra Torre Top Books of 2017
you will note some similarities when reading between the lines of the main character. (both of course with different outcomes). Fans of each- will enjoy the other.
Both involve an unreliable narrator, with a mystery surrounding husband and child, and agoraphobic. Ironically, A. J. Finn’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
also reminds me strongly of A. R. Torre (Alessandra Torre)’s Deanna Madden Series
(minus the erotica, UPS man, and internet sex); however, the box cutter, agoraphobic, family tragic past, and a strong pull to save someone beyond the reaches of her home, while putting herself in harm’s way.Highly Recommend
for fans of well-written strong, and intelligent psychological suspense thrillers. Heavy on the old movie classics, literary flair, and less on the blood and gore, which works for me. Enthralling, and all-consuming are words which quickly come to mind. To summarize,
Finn brilliantly explores the mind of Anna. Her anxiety, fears, insanity, depression, mental illness, paranoia, panic attacks, agoraphobia; love, loss, grief, and guilt —hitting all cylinders.
The next Gone Girl?
I would say "Yes," to that question. Looking forward to the small/or big screen and can imagine its cast of stars. I loved Anna!
I hope we see more of her in future books. View Book Trailer JDCMustReadBooks