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I didn’t think it started off that slow like other have mentioned. It will have you guessing until the very end. I loved this book!
Good psychological thriller. As already mentioned, it is a bit slow. Although Anna's backstory was obvious early on, the final twist is surprising. Very well-written, the author fully immerses the reader in Anna's world. I wanted to read this before the movie was released, and I'm glad I did.
I can't believe this novel was well-reviewed. It's lite pop fiction at best. If you're looking for a book you can read on the beach while being distracted, then this might do it, but so many other books are significantly better, I recommend you pass on this title and find something that will really draw you in and keep you there.
This had the potential to be a good psychological thriller but it failed miserably.
The last 100 pages take you on quite a ride. I agree with previous reviewers that the book was slow to start and slow throughout really, but seemed the author was trying to offer an idea and even a feeling of the main character's depression and sickness as an agoraphobic and alcoholic -- the monotony; how many times did I read the word "tumbler" referencing her pouring her many glasses of wine a day. The book's film references will have you wanting to go back and note them for later viewing.
Started off slow, the exception of a couple of surprises, a bit too predictable.
Great read! Surprising ending! It is one of the books that once you are done, you probably want to read it again to pick up the clues you missed along the way and see it as it really was versus what you thought it was. Worth reading for sure. Can drag out a bit in the middle due to the nature of the main character's flaws, but still a great read overall.
(Originally posted 2/9/19, and disappeared without explanation)
You may be interested in the article "Unreliable Narrator," in the New Yorker for 2/11/19, about the author, who turns our to be a Decepticon of earth-shattering proportion, who's claimed to have cancer and a Ph.D. from Oxford, when he had neither. And that's just the beginning. It takes a long article to get through his fabrications.
(Late addition 2/14/19)
Today there's an article in the NYT about this novel's striking similarity to an earlier book by Sarah A. Denzil, "Saving April." You might want to read them both, and compare and contrast them.
Enjoyed this book a lot! A little slow moving in the middle but I was still surprised throughout the reading. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys an easy read thriller.
Dan MalloryA.J. Finn, the conflicted depressive author, hits it on the head with this pulpy page-turner. We have an unreliable (Anna, alcoholic, drug-addicted) witness very much in the vein of "The girl on the train" that has experienced some serious trauma in her life and is now unable to face the outside world. She contents herself with endless drinking, taking care of her cat and spying on the neighbors. One night she witnesses something disturbing and all hell breaks loose. The structure of the mystery is not all that fascinating, we have an event and a series of evidence samples that would convince no-one because they are all produced by the drunken Anna and could have come from anywhere in her troubled mind. In order to discover the truth, Anna has to rely on the bits of outside world that come to her and has to muster a minimum of effort to stay alive.
Are there any problems with the book beyond the usual suspension of disbelief? Yes. For one, the language the characters use is very much the same. Everybody has the same fast-to-respond impertinent tone no matter the circumstance or the speaker. May be it's a New York thing but one would expect a bit more variety according to the different backgrounds. The sexual tension is a bit shoe-horned. The main character of Anna won't be to the liking to those who want responsible and smart adults to act as such. The ending is duly exhilarating but well, the best thrillers use the cleverness of the sleuth against the foe. This is not the case even though there's a slight attempt at psychological warfare. In conclusion, a fun read that goes fast and will keep the reader interested till the end but not particularly original.
I can't get over the hype about this book. I didn't care for the main character at all. Some things were obvious to me the entire read and then the author tries for a big reveal and it was just sad.
My stars are because I actually finished reading the book.
This gripping novel has all the makings of a great thriller: an unreliable narrator, a suspected murder, and plot twists galore! I could not read this book quietly. This story, revealed in pieces through the alcoholic main character, had me gasping at every new revelation and yelling at the characters. I did find myself a bit annoyed with the main character at times, but she is perhaps hard to empathize with by design. And while some of the plot twists were predictable, a fair amount caught me completely by surprise. This was a fun thriller without much gore or creepiness that would prevent one from sleeping at night. If you are finding it a bit slow to start, power through to the last 100 pages and you won’t be able to put it down!
Well, that was a treat! A superior, fast-paced popcorn thriller featuring the queen of unreliable narrators and ample twists and turns, some I saw coming, some that knocked me upside the head. Literally couldn't put it down and the last page and I saw 1 AM together last night. Anna Fox is an agoraphobic, alcoholic psychologist, separated from husband and daughter, and holed up in her NYC brownstone spying on her neighbors. The question is: did she really see what she thinks she saw happening to who she thinks it happened to? Finn was especially skilled at making his reader feel as foggy and fuzzy as Anna after her typical two bottles of Merlot. I'll be looking for more from this author.
I found myself to be very frustrated with the main character. I did not find the book to be suspenseful and it did not keep me engaged whatsoever.
Rating: 2 STARS
2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
Can you guess what this book is about? From the title and cover, I guessed this was a Rear Window retelling. You can't beat the original, but it's always fun to see what someone else's take on it is. In this book we have a child psychologist who is now an agoraphobic, so her view of the world is through her window or computer. She sees something she shouldn't have, and no one believes happened. Yada yada yada...the twist wasn't so much of a twist as there were clues (a la The Sixth Sense - ie pay close enough attention to details). The ending was not bad, but I think because of the hype I was hoping for a little more. I would definitely read another one by Finn.
***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***
I have tried on two separate occasions to read this book, and I can never get past the first page. The story is too simple and cliche for me.