You know I love a good mystery book so, naturally, when I saw The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn on Thirftbooks, I knew I needed to snag it. If you haven’t shopped on Thriftbooks or at thrift stores for books yet, you’re missing out. I’ll tell you guys all about that in another post! Stay tuned for how I’ve spent under $5 for each book I’ve read!
Anyway, let’s talk about The Woman in the Window, shall we?!
Title: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Publisher: William Morrow
Intended Audience: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Mood: Mysterious Suspenseful
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This book is about Anna Fox, a former child psychologist-turned-recluse in her New York City home, afraid of venturing outside. A traumatic event leaves anna with post-traumatic stress disorder; because of this, she doesn’t have much to do but spy on her neighbors.
One night, Anna sees something unexplainable. When Anna mentions the incident to authorities, she is brushed off as a crazy drunk lady because, around the neighborhood, she is a recluse. When strange things continue happening, the truth unfolds, and it will leave you shocked!
Anna’s love for classic movies is evident, and it is clear that The Woman in the Window pays intentional homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
Of the thriller genre books I’ve read lately, such as Gone Girl and Then She Was Gone, this book falls a bit short. The plot line is good, and the ending is unexpected, but the main character could be more likable. Honestly, I had a really hard time relating to Anna, as well as sympathizing with her.
As the story progressed, we learned why she is the way she is, and her personality began to make more sense, but her overall lifestyle was not something I agreed with or understood. Her lifestyle just seemed odd and, even after finding out about her past, I still couldn’t justify her actions.
The book had a tremendous and unexpected plot twist, which had me enjoying the end. Overall, I recommend it if you want a suspenseful thriller book that isn’t too dark.
If you are looking for a suspenseful read that is quick and not too dark, I really recommend this book! It is a great option! If you aren’t sure if it would be up your alley, you could also watch the movie.