“My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.” – A.J. Finn, ‘The Woman in the Window’
Title: ‘The Woman in the Window’
Author: A.J. Finn
Publisher: Harper Collins
My Rating: *****
Firstly I should start by saying sorry for the absence…it’s been a while since I have done a review. As I’m sure many of you can relate that when life takes over with work and social commitments the blog slowly starts to get left on the back burner. However, with that said and out of the way I have to share my excitement for A.J. Finn’s debut novel, ‘The Woman in the Window’. An unputdownable pure genius on thriller/suspense fiction that has be already yearning for A.J. Finn to get on it and write some more novels! This book has sparked quite the attention in the last few months with its reining title of New York Times Best Seller list.
Anna Fox lives a quite yet not so simple life, confined to the walls of her beautiful brownstone home in Brooklyn, NY. Anne’s fear of open spaces, the outside world and esp. cold weather leaves her suffering with Agoraphobia and erases her old life as a practicing physiologist. (ironic I know) Her days leave her with lots of time on her hands, watching old movies, drinking wine (lots) and watching the neighbours. In the beginning you get to know Anna and in an almost comical grasp an understanding how the life she leads. She knows every single neighbour on the block or does she really know they at all…?
As you progress through the book you learn more about Anna and the life she used to live, the people that used to make it important and why. But it always comes back to those damn neighbours and the effect they have on Anna. Then the Russells move in and encompass the perfect family. From behind the window Anna sees the life she used to live. But then one day she sees something that isn’t right…and her already brittle world begins to crumble more. Things become blurred and lines begin to become cross and soon for Anna it is hard to tell what is real and what is make believe. No one is who them seem and it will take you to the very last page to figure out why.
What really gripped me throughout this whole book was the fact that I really had it figured out. I was so sure and then each chapter would completely shock me and change my view. A.J. Finn had a wonderful way of playing little word play mind games with the reader which made me keep wanting to turn the page. Anna’s character is extremely emotional and gripping thus makes the reader share her change of emotions through every chapter.
I highly recommend The Woman in the Window, it is the next Girl on the Train-unputdownable, read in one weekend kind of book you will be dying to take on your next holiday!