The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
It’s been a while since I did a book review because it’s been a while since I finished a book. Not that I haven’t started a lot of good ones, but something about this summer gave me BDD (Book Distraction Disorder). I simply couldn’t concentrate on a book for long enough to get swept away by it.
But now that the fever of summer has broken and fall is well on its way, I seem to be in recovery. And this was the best book to coming blazing back in with.
** Mild Spoilers Ahead, You’ve Been Warned **
The Woman in the Window is one part Hitchcock’s Rear Window, one part Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, and one part Adrian Monk.
The story revolves around Anna who has severe agoraphobia. She hasn’t left her townhouse in almost a year. She sits at the windows and watches the neighborhood, burrowing into their lives. Until she meets Jane, who just moved in next door. The first real human connection she’s had in a while, they hit it off famously. And then Anna watches in horror as Jane is stabbed in her living room.
Having mixed a cocktail of heavy medications with several bottles of wine, the police don’t believe Anna and another woman walks calling herself Jane. Has Anna made all of it up? Or is something sinister going on next door?
I’d give this 5/5 stars. It was a slow build, a little plodding in the beginning. But once it grabs you, watch out. You won’t be able to put it down. Also, beware of reading it when you’re home alone…
Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a while. The “clues” aren’t necessarily there for anyone to see. Anna is a lousy detective and isn’t very sympathetic for most of the book. But it’s still a thrilling read and a good book for a lazy Saturday night.