Sunday, March 4, 2018

[Book Review] The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Book Review of The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a very stressful suspense novel filled with twists and turns, some of which you may see coming and some that will totally shock you!

Be warned: This book is incredibly addicting!

Let's dive in!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


Synopsis: 
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, 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 diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems. 


My thoughts: 
The beginning of this novel dragged just a bit while we settled into the story. But even so, I thought it was an addicting read from the very start! And the action picked up soon enough!

The main character was one that I liked and disliked equally from very early on. Overall, I thought her agoraphobia was explained pretty well and I really felt for her there, but I had a really hard time reading about her mixing alcohol and pills. Of course the main character did mention how stupid it was and it was clearly included to help the plot along, but it was very difficult for me to read. 

I thought all of the side characters were interesting! I enjoyed learning more about each of them, even if their involvement was rather light. 

I absolutely loved the writing style. A.J. Finn is a very talented writer! While reading, I had picked up on a few things here and there that I had a feeling would show up again later. Sure enough, I was able to predict a couple of the reveals. However, the reveals and twists that totally blindsided me greatly outnumbered the ones I had guessed. Bravo, A.J. Finn! 

I also really enjoyed that when things started being revealed, so many other things became more obvious. Unfortunately, I don't dare give any examples because I want everyone reading this to be able to fully appreciate each reveal. So I'll just say that I cannot wait to go back and re-read this book to see if I can pick up on more little hints that the author dropped throughout!


My favorite passages:
Some nights I haunt her room like a ghost. Some days I stand in the doorway, watch the slow traffic of dust motes in the sun. Some weeks I don’t visit the fourth floor at all, and it starts to melt into memory, like the feel of rain on my skin.

“Thanks.” He clears his throat, coughs. “Sorry,” he says, sipping his water. “I’m allergic to cats.” 
I stare at him. “Why didn’t you say so?” I glare at the cat.
“He’s so friendly. I didn’t want to offend him.”

I took the ice bucket from the minibar beneath the television, walked into the corridor, spotted an old Luma Comfort model humming in an alcove a few steps away. “You sound like a mattress,” I inform it.


My final thoughts:
A must-read for fans of character-driven light thrillers that will keep you guessing! This is a book that you can pick up and get totally lost in. 

Like I said above, I already cannot wait to re-read this one to pick up on things I had missed the first time around! This is another great thriller that I would love to see turned into a film!



Thanks for reading!
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32 comments:

  1. Oh I am so glad you found this book addicting. I just love it when you get hooked to a book. :)
    It's on my TBR and I am looking forward to reading this now!

    Dinh@Arlene's Book Club

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    1. Me too!! It was definitely needed. I've been in quite the slump. I can't wait to see what you think of this one!

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  2. I really like when characters are both likable and not. For me that was strong in HAVE YOU MET NORA? by Nicole Blades.

    Thanks for the rundown!

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  3. I was really disappointed with this book, but I did like the side characters! Glad you enjoyed it, Erica :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much! I've been seeing a lot of mixed reviews, so I haven't decided if I'll read it yet.

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    1. I can definitely see why a lot of readers didn't like it. I'd love to see your thoughts if you do decide to pick it up!

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  5. I hear really mixed things about this one, but it seems really good so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. I like the Rear Window feel. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. Loved it! Fun book, and a little spooky when she didn't always know what was going on. Her drinking/ pill mixing frustrated me too, I was like stop woman lol. And the twist at th e end- I did not see that surprise coming! Fun stuff. :)

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    1. Right?! Oye, I wanted to scream at her so many times.

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  7. If you're already wanting to re-read it, it must be quite addicting indeed. =)

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  8. I've heard such great things about this one! I don't usually go for thrillers but when they're more character-driven like this one I'm more intrigued.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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    1. I definitely recommend it!! But I can also see why it's a miss for a lot of readers.

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. My friend Stormi didn't care for it and I took it of my library request. It is kind of giving me Girl on a Train vibes.

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    1. Yeah... Which is so interesting to me! I HATED Girl on the Train, but I LOVED this one!

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  10. Ooo I'm a fan already! Thanks for highlighting this Erica, even if it does drag!

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  11. I'm starting to regret not picking this as a Book of the Month earlier in the year! It sounds like a great thriller. Would you say the main character's drinking/pill problem is on the same level as Rachel's in Girl on the Train? As much as I loved that mystery, her mentality did start to wear on me by the end. Still, a good twist at the end makes up for a lot of little blips along the way! 😂

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    1. Hmm. That's a great question. I think it's slightly less...annoying? I HATED Girl On The Train, and clearly loved this one. Though I would definitely say the MC in this book did get a bit tiring, but the plot really made up for it!

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  12. Great review! I've got this one on the wait list at the library. :)

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  13. Just added it to my TBR! Did you like Gone Girl? I didn't like that one, but I did like The Girl on the Train, which I know you didn't like.

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    1. Wahoo! I can't wait to see what you think! I liked Gone Girl just a tiny bit more than Girl on the Train. But both were misses for me overall. I think I let the hype for each of them get to me... but unlikable characters are also really tough for me.

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  14. Great review, I've been seeing mix reviews on this one but now after reading your review I really want too check this one out one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post Erica.

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did!! I thought it was so suspenseful!

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  15. Loved this one. I felt like I was going crazy right along with the MC. So much fun!

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  16. Great review Erica. I'm happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I'm have been looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you love it as much as I did! :)

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