The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Updated: Oct 24, 2018
Did you love Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins? Jump on this book. STAT.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green
What if everything is not as it seems, but is as it seems?
Hayley's review: 4 stars. It takes a lot for me to give suspense and thrillers the full-shabang-5-star-review. I'm telling you: either I figure out the plot and I feel as though that was the worst turn the author could have taken, or I don't figure out the plot and the ending leaves me less than satisfied. A mega bummer when you love thrillers. BUT, listen here. I have been reading some *gems* and I am so happy I have listened to this #recommendedread. I could not stop reading this book; it consumed my thoughts for the entire two days it took me to read it. Finn sets up a perfect description of the characters and the setting, allowing you to picture every scene - don't you love when you feel as though you're there, too? I was a little bummed when it ran a similar story line to Girl on the Train, because although I did love that book, this doesn't make it original. A woman, an alcoholic, spies on people, sees things she shouldn't have.. see where I'm going? Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic theme for a book, it's just not something we've not seen before. If you're looking for something to keep you guessing, and turn you into a bigger bookworm (than you probably already are), read it - it's a page-turner, and does have some plot twists I didn't see coming.
Get to the good stuff, Hayley. We get it, we should read it...
Give us the deets.
Anna Fox is an agoraphobe, and hasn't left her house in years. She drinks a lot of wine (Getting wine delivered to your door is next-level). She is a former child psychologist. She plays online chess and watches old, black and white movies. She also constantly watches her neighbors, sometimes through the lens of her camera for a better view. (Who doesn't?) She knows the happenings of the neighborhood - who's moving in, who's moving out, the good neighbors, the mean neighbors, etc. When the Russell family moves in across the street, she becomes more than intrigued. She meets Jane Russell, and her son, Ethan, and Jane tells her some things about the husband that make her suspicions grow that something isn't right behind closed doors. One day, Anna sees something through the window, something she knows she wasn't meant to see. (I mean, most things she probably isn't meant to see, but this. is. big.) She calls the police, but an alcoholic who also takes prescription pills is not the most reliable source. Why won't they believe her? Did she see it? Is she crazy? Who is this Russell family and what are they hiding?