The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

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It isn't paranoia if it's really happening... Anna Fox lives alone -- a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies... and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble -- and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this gripping Hitchcockian thriller, no one and nothing are what they seem.
Publisher: London : 2018. HarperCollins,
ISBN: 9780008234164
Branch Call Number: AF FINN

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Schmonette Dec 05, 2018

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

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LoganLib_Zoe Jul 29, 2018

This was a really great and amazing novel. There was never a dull moment at all. The way the story twisted and turned was too well written. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend everyone to read it!


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JCLCatherineG Nov 05, 2019

This had the potential to be a good psychological thriller but it failed miserably.

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fragola
Nov 03, 2019

psichological thriller, like gone girl sort of shit.

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llouise84
Oct 30, 2019

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.

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Alison001
Oct 16, 2019

Started off slow, the exception of a couple of surprises, a bit too predictable.

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msgracie
Oct 09, 2019

Virtual book club BOTM.

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SC50
Oct 09, 2019

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.

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Readyreader1st
Oct 07, 2019

Nope, not my kind of reading, too debbie downer

(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.

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aubstock
Sep 10, 2019

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.

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josedejuan
Sep 05, 2019

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.

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abbi_g
Jan 01, 2019

I must have said this out loud. 'What doesn't matter?' he asks. You, I think. I don't say it. Instead I hang up.

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 23, 2018

'Help,' I shout, only it’s a whisper, creeping through my throat on tiptoe, smearing itself across my tongue. 'He-elp,' I try again; this time my teeth bite into it, sparks raining from my mouth as though I’ve chewed a live wire, and my voice catches like a fuse, explodes. I scream.

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Pigmama6
Jul 01, 2018

"As Bernard Shaw said, I often quote myself; it adds spice to the conversation. As Shaw also said, alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. Good old Shaw."

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

"Watching is like nature photography: You don't interfere with the wildlife.” - p. 4

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s something nobody knows about.”
 —Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.”

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May 2018 Book Club

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