This is a spoiler-free review. I will not be giving away any major plot details beyond the premise of the book.
The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn is an upcoming psychological thriller book about an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime through her townhouse window and struggles to get the police to believe her because she was on strong medication at the time. I’ll include the official synopsis because it describes the plot really well:
“It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, too terrified to step outside. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her?”
This book hasn’t been released yet- it comes out in January 2018 -but I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Readers Copy from HarperCollins and I was so excited to read it because the plot just sounds so cool. I can certainly say it lived up to the expectations and I ended up reading it in just two days. The protagonist, Anna, was so interesting to read about. I didn’t know a lot about agoraphobia so it was interesting to get inside her head and learn about that and where it comes from for her (which is a big part of the story and is slowly revealed through flashbacks as the novel progresses). She was a very flawed and vulnerable character which made her feel real.
The plot was thick, with just enough twists and turns to keep me interested. At times the story was a bit predictable, but it didn’t ruin it for me because there were plenty of totally unexpected moments to make up for it. The mystery behind it (which I won’t go into because of spoilers) made this book a page-turner. I read through it so quickly because I was desperate for answers, and dying to know what happened next. The writing was sharp, always matching the mood while holding the same tone throughout. The descriptions were clear and the narration placed me so easily into Anna’s mind.
Everything about this book kept me interested the entire way through. There was a huge mystery, thrilling scenes that got my heart pumping, complex characters, and perfectly placed plot-twists. The writing was fantastic and captivating, while at the same time remaining simple and easy to read. I would highly recommend The Woman In The Window to anyone. The film rights have already been picked up by 20th Century Fox. Without a doubt, it’s going to be the next Gone Girl. In a year from now, everyone will be talking about this book.
The Woman In The Window will be released on January 2 in the US, January 15 in Australia, and January 25 in the UK.
MY RATING: 9/10
READ IF YOU ENJOYED:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
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