The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn
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The Woman in the Window 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
This book grabbed me from the very first page. I thought about it when I couldn’t read and didn’t want it to end! The twists I thought I’d figured out but boy, was I wrong! Excellent!!!
Anonymous 7 days ago
Great book, didn't see that coming.
Anonymous 19 hours ago
If you like girl on the train this is perfect for you.
Anonymous 22 hours ago
Had me hooked from start to finish!!
Anonymous 1 days ago
This book held my attention the entire time. The only thing I was iffy about was how many plot twist this book had. It was hard to keep up!
Anonymous 1 days ago
A little slow in beginning, keep with it , it will be worth the efford, I promise!!!!
Anonymous 1 days ago
Couldn’t put this book down. Never saw the coming.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Great, great book that kept me up late two nights in a row, turning the pages just as fast as I could to find out what happened. Two big events in the book were huge surprises that I did not see coming. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Very tiresome and predictable
Anonymous 7 days ago
The woman in the Window was a great read. I couldn’t get to the ending fast enough. It kept me Interested and trying to guess what might be going on. Believe me I didn’t guess the ending at all. I would definitely recommend this book if you like to read thrillers.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The Woman In The Window is the first novel by American author, A.J.Finn. Doctor Anna Fox is a shut-in. She’s a child psychologist, she’s thirty-eight years old, but she’s also agoraphobic, and has not set foot outside in ten months. She lives alone; her husband, Ed and eight-year-old daughter, Olivia are in regular contact but away somewhere, for reasons that are only gradually revealed. A tenant in the basement maisonette looks after tasks like groceries and minor repairs, but keeps to himself otherwise. Her only other human interactions are weekly visits from her therapists (mental, physical). Oh, and there’s Punch, the bad-tempered cat. When not busy online (chess, French lessons, or “consulting” on Agora, a help forum for agoraphobics), Anna spends her days watching old black-and-white movies from her extensive DVD library, or documenting the lives of her near neighbours with her Nikon D5500 camera and its powerful Opteka zoom lens. She notes the arrival of the Russell family (dad, mom and lanky teenaged boy) as they move into the vacant house across the park. Young Ethan drops in a gift from his mom. Nice boy. And his mom, Jane comes to Anna’s assistance when some local teens vandalise her house. She likes them both immediately. When Anna looks out one evening and sees Jane apparently stabbed and bleeding in the Russell’s parlor, she calls 911. But things go badly awry with her attempted rescue, and by the time her claims are investigated, there is no body and Anna is not believed. But she knows what she saw! Except that it is soon apparent that Anna’s eyewitness account may be less than reliable: she’s depressed, on a bunch of medications and also drinking quite a lot more wine than she admits to her therapist. And many of those movies she immerses herself in are of the Hitchcock genre. Could she have imagined it all? Finn fashions his tale with splendid skill. The clues are carefully dropped into the story, as are the red herrings. As some of the twists are revealed, they confirm niggling doubts the reader has formed about certain aspects, but this page-turner is so cleverly constructed that even the most astute reader is kept guessing right up to the heart-thumping climax. The characters are easily believable, and Anna’s doubt and confusion is well portrayed. This is a truly impressive debut novel, and it will be interesting to see what this talented author does next. This uncorrected proof won on GoodReads Giveaways
Anonymous 16 hours ago
Great read that cost me several hours of missed sleep. I found myself glancing at the page numbers left because I didn't want the book to end. I even turned off Nook to get ready for bed and would come back out to keep reading Loved the pace and Anna Fox. I highly recommend. loved it, Ashley
Anonymous 2 days ago
Loved reading this book until it all the sudden became predictable. Still a good read but I wish I had just gotten it from the library rather than pay $13 for it.
DeeMoney 2 days ago
I loved this book! It started out slow like all books, but then once the climax hits, it just goes straight from there and there's twists and turns on every page. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want to stop reading it. And right when you think you know what's going on, it's flipped around on you. SO GOOD. I'd recommend this book to any thrill readers!
Anonymous 3 days ago
A fantastic thriller on every level
Anonymous 4 days ago
Could not stop reading!
Anonymous 4 days ago
Couldn’t put it down. Keeps you guessing until the end!
Anonymous 5 days ago
Just couldn’t put it down. More twists and turns then the Matterhorn at Disneyland!
SheTreadsSoftly 5 days ago
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn is a very highly recommended Hitchcockian/Rear Window novel of psychological suspense. "That's a secret, private world you're looking into out there. People do a lot of things in private that they couldn't possibly explain in public." Doyle in Rear Window Unable to leave the house due to agoraphobia induced by trauma, Anna Fox is a former child psychologist who has been living alone in her NYC home for a little under a year. She spends her time drinking too much wine, unreliably medicating herself, and watching old movies. She checks in evenings with her husband, who recently separated from her, and their daughter. Her social life is online. She participates in an online support group for agoraphobics and provides new-comers with encouragement and advice. She plays chess and she takes French lessons online. She has a tenant downstairs to help her. Anna's psychiatrist and physical therapist make house calls. She also spends a lot of time spying on her neighbors using her camera's zoom lens. When the Russells, father, mother, and teenage son, move into one of the five townhouses that Anna watches across the street, she does online research and knows immediately their names and what they paid for the house. When the son stops by and delivers a gift from his mother, Anna is surprised, but likes the boy. Then she actually meets the mother and is surprised at how much she enjoys her company (drinking). So when she witnesses a horrific, shocking event while watching them, she knows she needs to contact the police. But did she really see it or was it the combination of taking her medication with alcohol causing hallucinations. The character of Anna is a wonderfully unreliable narrator. Clearly she is drinking w-a-y-t-o-o much and she knows she shouldn't take her medications with alcohol, but she does anyway, lies about it, and she knows she is not taking them as prescribed. The daily drinking until drunk is over the top (and annoying to some), but it does serve to make it clear that Anna may not be reliable or telling the truth. There are hints and glimpses that we don't know the whole story, that we really don't know Anna, and as the novel progresses, that fact becomes more and more clear. She has secrets, she's certainly paranoid, she's in denial, but is she delusional? After a careful, slow start, The Woman in the Window took off at a gallop. The story, as it unraveled, was gripping and compelling. I stayed up way-too-late finishing the novel, telling myself, "Just one more chapter." There were several twists that took me by surprised and some I suspected. Finn found a way to have Anna housebound so the comparison's to Rear Window are obvious. Personally, I liked the tie-ins to Rear Window and other Hitchcock movies, as well as other old black and white suspense movies. I thought they help create an atmospheric mood and added an extra depth to the novel. Finn also left some clues throughout the novel to keep the reader questioning and anticipating twists. All in all, I found The Woman in the Window to be an excellent debut thriller of psychological suspense. The writing is remarkable and the plot is clever, sophisticated, and twisty enough to bring to mind some the best of Hitchcock's movies. Definitely read The Woman in the Window. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Harper Collins.
Anonymous 6 days ago
This is perfect! If I could sum it up it would be almost like
Twink 8 days ago
Okay, this is one of the best twisty, turny psychological thrillers I've read in a long, long time. You have got to read The Woman in the Window, the debut novel from A.J. Finn. Anna Fox is agoraphobic, unable to leave her home. She mixes alcohol with her medication and spends her days looking out her windows at her neighbourhood. Well, no that's not quite right......she spies on them, taking pictures with her camera. A new family moves in and Anna starts watching them as well. And then she sees something she shouldn't have. Or did she? Finn has created a fantastically unreliable narrator in Anna. Can we believe what she is seeing? Saying? Her reasoning is flawed and her take on things is skewed. Or is it? The supporting cast is just as unreliable. It seems everyone has their own agenda, secrets and lies. Finn deliciously unspools his story, letting us see a little more with each new chapter. Anna has a fondness for old black and white films, especially those by Alfred Hitchcock. Those familiar with his work (and especially Rear Window) will appreciate the references and the homage. I am being deliberately obtuse. I don't want to reveal too much - this is a tale you need to experience. To wonder how and why, to 'ah hahing' at each new reveal and revelation, to trying to puzzle out the final whodunit. Which will be impossible as Finn has written a labyrinth of a novel. And one that is very, very hard to put down. I absolutely loved it!
bookchickdi 12 days ago
In A.J. Finn's spine-tingling debut psychological thriller The Women in The Window, Anna Fox sits in the window of her Harlem townhouse watching her neighbors. We learn that she is an agoraphobic and hasn't left her home in ten months. Her husband Ed and eight-year-old daughter Olivia no longer live with her after an incident that has been hinted at, but Anna remains in contact with them. She rents out the basement of her home to David, a young man who helps around the house in exchange for reduced rent, and Anna gets her groceries delivered by Fresh Direct, and her many medications delivered by the pharmacy. As long as they keep bringing her meds and cases of Merlot, Anna can make it through the day (usually drunk). She plays chess online (and usually wins) and dispenses advice on an agoraphobic message board. For entertainment, Anna watches old black and white movies, heavy on the Hitchcock thrillers. Anna has little physical contact with the outside world until the day a new family moves into the neighborhood- a husband, wife and teenage son. Anna can see inside their home and becomes fascinated by them, even more so when the son and mother stop by separately to see her. Like Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's "Rear Window", Anna witnesses something amiss at the new neighbors and is drawn into a situation she is unequipped to handle. The Woman in the Window is a pulse-pounding, heart-stopper of a book. Like blockbusters Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, our protagonist is unreliable. Anna is drunk much of the time, and so what she tells the reader cannot be trusted. The addition of her agoraphobia heightens the tension of the story, and Finn does such a great job making the reader feel the anxiety of her illness. Finn also unspools important information about Anna a little bit at a time, so that reading The Woman in the Window is like putting together pieces of a puzzle. We learn how Anna got to be where she is, and although the reader may guess a few of the mysteries, the last few chapters of this fast-paced story surprised me, and at one point I actually gasped aloud. The Woman in the Window is sure to be a bestseller, and fans of both Alfred Hitchcock movies and Agatha Christie novels will be love it. I liked it better than Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train. I heard all about this book last spring at the Book Expo, and you'll be hearing a lot about it in 2018. It definitely lives up to the hype, and I read it in one sitting, unwilling to put it down.
gloriafeit 14 days ago
From the publisher: Anna Fox lives alone - - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her days 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. Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving. Before I begin my review, I must state that every one of those adjectives is absolutely accurate. The novel spans a period of less than two months, with the first chapter beginning on Sunday, October 24th, and the penultimate chapter on Monday, November 15th, with each chapter (sometimes only a single page) describing events within that single day, the final chapter taking place six weeks thereafter, or just about at the end of the year. There is a lot that happens in that relatively short time. Anna lives alone – her husband has left her, taking their teenage daughter with him. Anna – or Dr. Fox, as she prefers to be called - is agoraphobic, somewhat ironic, as many of her patients in her private practice suffer from the same malady. She herself sees a therapist on a weekly basis, whose visits are conducted at her home. So her ventures outside of the front door are minimal, to say the least. Which works out well, as she can barely open the front door at all, except to admit visitors, such as her physical therapist/yoga instructor and her therapist. Her doctor has added some powerful psychotropics to her meds, warning her that she must not take them with alcohol, a warning which Anna ignores, to say the least, if anything increasing her use of alcohol, resulting in hangovers that are nearly disabling. (Her consumption of Merlot, e.g., becomes prodigious.) But when Anna’s constant voyeurism when it comes to her neighbors suddenly reaches a near crisis, and the woman in the window of the title describes not only Anna, but also the woman whose house is across the way, when Anna sees things that are, to say the least, very disturbing. This novel was hard to tear myself away from, the poetic writing almost hypnotic. This is a book that stays with the reader long after the final page has been finished. Highly recommended.
Bronte63JS 14 days ago
Crazy Like a Fox… Or Is She? Dr. Anna Fox has issues. That is quite the understatement of character when reading A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. Anna Fox is a woman on the edge. She spends her time at home in online chat rooms offering advice to others, binge watching Hitchcock movies as well as other old Hollywood thrillers and drinking an amazing amount of merlot. Another hobby of Anna’s is spying on her neighbors in the adjacent apartment building through the high powered lense of her camera. Events start to ramp up and come into focus when Anna watches a modern day version of Rear Window play out in her neighbor’s apartment. Now the reader long with Anna have to determine what and who is real and what events are real or imagined. There is also list of questions that begins to formulate that are answered by the end of the novel: Why is Anna home all the time? What is behind her fascination with old Hollywood thrillers? Are all of these people coming in and out of Anna’s life real or products of her merlot-soaked imagination? The big difference between Anna Fox and the flood of unreliable narrators taking over novels and film today is that she is likable. Even though she is flawed and impossibly self-destructive, she is an interesting combination of vulnerability and strength. While the novel starts out as a slow burn, the pacing is masterful at keeping the reader engaged and leads to a tense resolution that reads like a Hitchcock thriller. It is an up at 3am read and jumping at every little noise in the house experience. I speak from experience :) Finn creates a plot full of funhouse mirrors, spooky basements, trap doors and danger, both real and imagined, at every turn. Start your new year reading list with this nonstop thriller.
Barb-TRC 14 days ago
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a psychological thriller. The story focuses on our heroine, Anna Fox, who lives alone in a 5 story house in a nice neighborhood. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, and has not left her house in 10 months. What is agoraphobia? It is the fear of being outside, with panic attacks if they leave the house. Anna spends her days drinking wine; watching her neighbors through a camera; goes to various internet chat sites to talk to other people with their own problems (she is a psychologist, though she can’t help herself); watches old movies, and talks to her husband and daughter on the phone daily. One day, one of those neighbors, saw Anna through the window and came to visit her. The neighbor, Jane Russell, just moved in, and Anna was able to enjoy the conversation. A second visit also introduced her to the woman’s son, Ethan. A few days later, Anna heard a scream, and when she looked through her camera, she sees Jane pressing her hand to her bloodied chest and falling. Anna calls the police, and even tries to leave the house to help Jane. The detectives come to interview her, as there is no body, and the family, including the wife, are all there healthy. They question her sanity, especially since she drinks a lot,mixing it with her pills. What did Anna see? Was it real or was she having hallucinations? I do not want to give any spoilers, as in any psychological thrillers, and The Woman in the Window is no different, there are many surprising twists and turns. What follows is an intense and exciting storyline that follows Anna, as she continues to try to find the truth, even if she thinks maybe they are right and she is seeing things. I will say that the story in the first half of the book was a bit slow, as we got to meet the main characters, as well as learn more about Anna. The second half of the book was very good, that I was unable to put the book down, especially with a couple of shocking revelations that I did not see coming and threw me for a loop. Though she was severely mentally challenged with her phobia, I wasn’t totally crazy about Anna early on, even if she seemed very normal chatting and helping others on the internet; but later on I did like her better, especially after learning more secrets. The Woman in the Window was a tense dark thriller that other than the slow start, it was very well written by A.J. Finn. I do recommend you to read this book, especially if you enjoy psychological thrillers.