The Woman In The Window

The Woman In The Window 3

by A. J. Finn

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/01/2018

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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?

‘Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing’ Gillian Flynn

‘One of those rare books that really is unputdownable’ Stephen King

‘Twisted to the power of max’ Val McDermid

‘A dark, twisty confection’ Ruth Ware

‘An incredible debut. I loved it… a brilliant page turner’ Jane Harper, author of The Dry

ISBN:
9780008234164
Category:
Thriller / suspense
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-01-2018
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
234x152x34mm
Weight:
0.55kg
A. J. Finn

A.J. Finn, a former top young book editor who studied mystery and suspense fiction at Oxford University, who has published the work of Agatha Christie, and whose own writing is crafted in homage to the classics from Hitchcock to Highsmith.

A.J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement. A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City.

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  • A slow start to a good book.

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    Too slow of a start for my liking. I felt that 150-200 pages of this book where a little bit of a waste. Once you get past that, it’s a pretty good read. I was looking forward to reading it but was a little disappointed u til it got to the heart of the story.

  • Review by Robert @ Angus & Robertson

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    A Hitchcockian psychological thriller in the noirish style of "Rear Window",
    "The Woman in the Window" is a fast-paced, almost cinematic ride that will make for a perfect summer read.
    Dr Anna Fox, an agoraphobic and emotionally-stunted psychologist, is apartment-bound. Spending her days pill-popping, binge-drinking and voyeuristically scrutinising her neighbours with a camera in hand, she is trying to capture the outside world and bring it inside. Riddled with daily paranoia and anxiety, it's the only way she can have some semblance of control in her foggy world, but when Anna witnesses a horrific crime everything in her carefully controlled life becomes polarised. Disbelief from authorities, unreliable allies and her own emotional limitations compound suddenly into real and inescapable threats. Left with only her psychologists' skills, Anna then tries to decode what's really going on.

    Now, you think you know where this story is going, don't you? Think again! This book is too clever for that, and A.J.Finn's plan too subtle. Unnerving and menacing, this suspenseful gem will grab you and wrench your gut with twist after twist. Try your hardest not to scream though - there's many more secrets to reveal...

  • a truly impressive debut novel,

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    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 her 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.
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