Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, 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.
Review:When I saw The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, it sounded like a fantastic read. I couldn't wait to read it! However, I was left a little disappointed. It was still a decent book though.
The world building was done really well. It was easy to picture Anna's neighborhood as well as the times she was with her family. I felt like I was actually in this world that the author, A.J. Finn, had created.
The pacing of The Woman in the Window starts out painfully slow, so much so that I was about to give up on reading this. However, the pacing does eventually pick up a little later. To me, the pacing never really does pick up that much, but it picks up enough to make the rest of the book readable.
It takes awhile to really find out what the plot of The Woman in the Window is. Once I discovered what the actual plot was, I found myself immersed in it. The plot itself is very interesting. I couldn't discern if Anna had actually seen what she saw or if she was just crazy. There are definitely a few plot twists in this book including a major one. I won't give it away, but it was something I hadn't predicted or even seen coming. It definitely made me second guess what was actually going on in Anna's world.
The characters were well written. Although I felt that Anna drank way too much and popped too many pills, I did like her and felt sorry for her at times. I felt like Ethan never really acted his age. He came across as being much younger. Detective Little was my favorite character. I can't pinpoint exactly why I liked him, but I do know I loved how kind he was.
There are themes of alcohol, medication, mental illness, death, and violence as well as some swearing in The Woman in the Window. However, nothing felt over the top, and I felt it all contributed to the book and had to be done.
I would recommend The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. The plot twists are really good and unexpected, and the characters are really well written. One thing that lets this book down is the pacing. Other than that, it's a decent read.
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