I’ve finally got around to reading The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn which I won in a giveaway hosted by the lovely Eva at https://noveldeelights.com/ – if you’re not already following Eva’s blog, I suggest you get over there right now and rectify that!
What did she see?
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, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. 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? And can she even trust herself?
The Woman in the Window is narrated by Dr Anna Fox – a child psychologist who hasn’t left her house for ten months, her agoraphobia overwhelming her if she even thinks about going outside. She lives alone, and passes the time watching old movies, playing online chess, and staring out of the window, inventing lives for the people she sees on the street or that live close by. I felt a great deal of sympathy for Anna – she’s a character I liked immediately, and it’s clear that she has been through some horrific trauma that she hasn’t yet come to terms with, despite having sought help.
Witnessing a crime from her usual vantage point, she tries to help, even trying to overcome her fear and going outside, but no one else saw anything, and the police don’t believe her story – finding no evidence that any such crime has been committed. I absolutely love an unreliable narrator, and the cocktail of medication that Anna takes, along with her two bottles a day Merlot habit, means that she fits this bill perfectly. The reader sees the crime committed through Anna’s eyes, but even so I wasn’t sure how much of the story I could believe, and I loved seeing the story unfold, making it clearer which side I should be on.
The Woman in the Window has some great twists, and it didn’t turn out as I expected it to. And it becomes decidedly creepy in places, as Anna starts to think that she herself is being watched, and that someone has been inside her house uninvited. Again, this all adds to the question of her reliability, and I did wonder how much of her concern could be explained by paranoia. It’s easy to see why The Woman in the Window has been such a big hit since it’s publication – I was completely swept up by Anna’s story.
The Woman in the Window will be published in December in paperback, and is available now in hardback and digital formats.
Thanks again to Eva for the copy!
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐