The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

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"It isn't paranoia if it's really happening ... Anna Fox lives alone--a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies, recalling happier times ... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna 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."-- Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062678416
Branch Call Number: F FIN
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 24 cm

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talk2terih
May 20, 2018

There is a lot to like in this debut thriller. The protagonist is sharp and witty as well as being a trained psychologist. One wants to believe her because of her professional training as an observer, but that overload of merlot (The author beats us over the head with the fact that she is a heavy drinker) and the random way she takes or doesn't take het medication, some of which have hallucinations as a side effect, makes us doubt her equally as much. The push and pull between her expertise and her tenuous connection with reality is the best thing about the book.
As others have said, I was on to the villain straightaway and most of the surprises really weren't surprising after you got into the story a bit, but still, the suspense was there.
I hope the author gives us another book soon. I think he has lots of potential.

PimaLib_DavidaL May 17, 2018

An excellent debut novel by A.J. Finn (Pen name for Daniel Mallory) . Dr. Anna Fox is stricken with agoraphobia and is unable to leave her home. She drinks too much and does not take her medications as prescribed. She is separated from her husband and misses him and their child deeply. Fox witnesses a murder in the neighbor's window, but the police find no evidence that a crime has been committed. The beginning of the novel is written eloquently and with such detail that it was no surprise when I read that Finn himself had been diagnosed with agoraphobia and depression. There are a few plot twists, one which was easy to guess and a couple others that caught me by surprise. The pacing at the beginning of the book is just right, but at the end of the novel it feels rushed, as though the author was in a hurry to finish it up. Overall a good read. You'll be compelled to finish it in a couple of sittings.

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chefkath
May 15, 2018

I don't understand all the hype about this book. The best thing about it is the clever graphic on the cover. The plot twists that were supposed to be shocking were TOTALLY predictable. I alternated between pitying the narrator and being so sick of her that I wanted to throw her out the window. I slogged through it to the end but would not recommend that anyone else do so.

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Catwoman922
May 08, 2018

Tedious & predictable.

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_Amazon_
Apr 29, 2018

An enjoyable fast paced read, but somewhat repetitive( we get it, she drinks a lot) and utterly predictable.

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Hayley_Simmons
Apr 27, 2018

Before starting this book, I had heard that there were quite a few twists and turns which is what piqued my interest and convinced me to pick it up. It was a slow start, though I did find that I was trying to come up with theories about Anna (the main character) and her condition and all of the characters she interacts with. I wish there were more spine tingling episodes early on in the story but the twist and reveal at the end were quite clever and unexpected. A.J. Finn uses a lot of descriptive language throughout the novel and has great characterization. Despite what I had read in Reviews, the book wasn't one that I felt I couldn't put down until the last 100 pages or so. That said, this is a great debut novel and i will no doubt read more by him in the future.

JCLHeatherB Apr 24, 2018

I'm a huge fan of Rear Window, so I started reading this with some trepidation. Luckily, it truly feels inspired by that film rather than being a full-on rip-off. Interesting writing, interesting characters. A fun enough read to make up for its somewhat predictable conclusion.

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McSquizzy
Apr 22, 2018

Not perfect perhaps, but thoroughly enjoyable. The first book in a long while that I really looked forward to picking up again during breaks in reading.

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sundaysilence73
Apr 20, 2018

The author effortlessly switches our view from this reality to that reality, taking our perceptions around corners we never see coming. It is well worth the trip.

K_ROK Apr 20, 2018

Wow I think I became a little intoxicated just by reading this. This character goes hard on the Merlot and as some other reviewers say, the constant reference to her drinking can get tiresome and slows down the plot. I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable but I suppose those writing in this genre have to stay competitive in the wake of Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10, The wife between us, etc. etc.

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

"Watching is like nature photography: You don't interfere with the wildlife.” - p. 4

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s something nobody knows about.”
 —Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.”

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