“The Woman In The Window” by A.J. Finn is a good thriller read. Not “great” but I would still definitely recommend it. It has been deemed a “psychological thriller”. The New Yorker used it to reference an article about “the domestic thriller having a moment”. And I agree with that. So many of the recent thrillers I have read all have similar scenarios. A middle aged woman seeing things but not being believed to the point where it induces some sort of psychosis. Slowly but surely this “domestic thriller” genre is going to be played out. But for now, I am still enjoying it. The main character in “The Woman In The Window” is Anna Fox. And Anna’s shenanigans take the reader on a wild emotional roller coaster.
“It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.”
If you have read Gone Girl/ The Girl On The Train, you will more than likely catch on quite quickly to the plot and be able to figure out what is happening. I found myself in that position but A.J. Finn had a way of writing so descriptively that I still kept turning page after page.
*Side note: I purchased this book while I was in Sandpoint, Idaho for my nephew’s high school graduation. You can walk the whole town in under 20 minutes probably, it is a very small town. While I was walking, I happened upon The Corner Bookstore and of course, I had to go in! It is a new and used bookstore that offers buying, selling, and trading. I love supporting local small shops, especially when I am traveling.