This week I’m reviewing a book that I’ve been so excited to read for such a long time. My copy was a gift from my parents for Christmas, purchased for £8.99 from Waterstones. It is the paperback edition. I have no doubts, that you will have heard of this one, it is The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Released in the UK in 2017 has sold over 2 million copies and has bagged title of The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller. It is also due to have a film released this year on the 15th May starring Amy Adams. It has been doing amazing and I have been so excited to see if it lived up to the hype.
As always I will insert the synopsis of the book, word for word so you can get a feel for what the book is about. underneath reviews such as “Twisted to the power of max” and “unputdownable” as well as “a dark, twisty confection” the synopsis reads…
What did she see?
It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
So in a bit more detail, in The Woman in the Window we follow Dr Anna Fox, an agoraphobic psychiatrist as she tries to come to terms with her own demons and changes to her life after a large trauma. We don’t find out the extent of this trauma until later in the book, but this trauma was so great that she now cannot leave her apartment. Her only constant contact in person being between those that come to the house, her Tennant, her psychiatrist and her physical therapist. And then one day this changes.
Anna starts to form relationships with the new family on the block and as she does, she witnesses something horrible. So horrible that she must help, she must venture out of the house. But there are forces working against Anna and she must work to prove to those around her that she is telling the truth.
This book is so frustratingly amazing. It’s so twisty and gripping. You get so attached to Anna and you want her to be telling the truth and the things that have happened and the things that happen to her just truly break your heart. I was in a state of awe reading this book. I never guessed any of the twists. They just came out of no where and kind of punched me in the gut a little bit. Anna is such a great character. You can relate and sympathise with her so much and so easily. She is such a mortal character. She feels like a real person. All the way through the book I found myself concerned as I would be a friend or relative, cheering for her to succeed.
I think the plot as well is so well thought out. Everything felt perfectly placed. The pace was impeccable, it didn’t feel rush, but it didn’t drag. And everything that happened felt plausible in this world that was created for the book. Which I feel is so important for book like this, to feel like it could actually happen. It makes the book so much easier to get lost in and helps really grab hold of the reader and reel them in.
I enjoyed this book. I really did, and I am looking forward to see if the film is going to be just as amazing. I really hope it does! I would definitely recommend this book, especially to those who love thrillers or crime and suspense. It would make a great read for most! I will probably read this again in the future as well. A truly special book.
Star Rating /5