The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Just like a Hitchcock movie, The Woman in the Window is a subtle, slowly unfolding mystery that will send goosebumps down your arms.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Published: 2nd January, 2018
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Series: N/A
Rating: 5

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 neighbours. 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?


Anna Fox never leaves the house.While I also often don’t leave the house for days on end, the difference between me and her is that I have a choice. What Anna has is agoraphobia. Her days are filled with wine, anxiety pills, chatting online with fellow agoraphobics, old black & white movies and regular catch ups with her daughter and husband whom she has separated from not so long ago. To soothe her boredom, she often spies on her unsuspecting neighbours, and on occasion even makes up stories about them in her head.

The Russels are her favourite daytime entertainment, and after she sort of makes friends with one of them, she becomes completely obsessed with their lives. When a sudden scream shatters the peace one night, what Anna witnesses is so frightening, even she doesn’t want to believe it. The police of course follows the same sentiment, and write her off as a crazy drunk person who can’t tell reality and hallucination apart. Classic!

While the chapters are pretty short, A.J. Finn’s novel did not start out as a fast paced story, and it’s just as well. I’d be surprised if a housebound woman’s life was exciting and action packed, even with all the stalking of the neighbours. Nevertheless, all the hints and little drops of information made me stay up all night to find out just what the hell is going on. Well, fine, my insomnia too, but this book is freakin’ awesome.

Anna is a truly fascinating person and as a psychologist herself, she has quite a lot of insight into her own condition. She knows the side effects of her medication, but also knows she shouldn’t be drinking. The confusion is so tangible, it was not only the police wondering what was real and what was just Anna’s head.

As the story progressed, the pacing did pick up considerably, and the ending left me  seriously huffing and puffing at 4. a.m. in the morning, because it was so well played, so vivid, to the point of being almost cinematic, and while I understand this kind of story might not appeal to everyone because of the slowish pace, and playing on the confusion and the mental state of someone, I can’t wait to see what A.J. Finn comes up with next.

Claustrophobic and suffocating, The Woman In the Window is the very thriller for readers who enjoy an old fashioned psychological thriller.

41 Comments

  1. This book looks really interesting, I do like a good psychological thriller when my head’s in the right place for them. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. Another book I would happily read. It honestly sounds super tempting, I’m always up for a great psychological thriller. Making a mental note of this book. 🙂 Great review, I’m sold. 🙂

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    1. It was one of those few books i got & read soon after it was released. I dunno why i sat on the review for ages, it was in a half written stage for month.

      But yes, i think you would enjoy it 🙂

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      1. Oh I can relate to reading books, loving them… and then taking a while writing about them. Ehm, I’m yet to write my review of Circe… 😉

        I will definitely check it out, thanks. 🙂

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  3. Another great review, and the second old fashioned, evenly pace slow burn psychological thriller you’ve reviewed and recommended. I’m adding this one to the buy list, as it sounds like just my cup of tea. ☺️

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      1. I’m with you on the old fashioned stuff, sometimes tried and true is still the best. And I do love me a good psychological thriller especially with a couple of good twists thrown in for good measure.

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  4. It seems that this is a really good book! Agoraphobia is such a mysterious thing and the fact that it kept you awake and wondering intrigues me! I am so gonna add this book to my long and eternal TBR! XD I love mysteries and I love to try to figure them all out! and beat the book on uncovering the crimes XD

    Thank you for sharing such a great book!

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      1. I’d forgotten it was going to be a film. TBH I don’t know if I’ll go out of my way to see it: I still haven’t seen Gone Girl, Before I Go To Sleep, The Girl on the Train…not sure how they’ll complete with the book!

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    1. Are you planning to watch the movie?
      I’m curious if they can pull it off, since in the book a lot of things took place in the woman’s head.

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