The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window

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 sh...


Details The Woman in the Window

TitleThe Woman in the Window
Author
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Woman in the Window

  • Emily May
    2018-01-01
    Who knows what goes on in a family? Okay, I really don't want to misrepresent this book: The Woman in the Window is a pulpy, fast-paced popcorn thriller. It's not mindblowing or groundbreaking, but it is pageturning goodness. And it was exactly what I needed to get lost in right now.The premise is a little bit of The Girl on the Train and a little bit of The Woman in Cabin 10 (what is it with these girl/woman/wife titles?!), with an unreliable na...
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    2017-12-11
    NO SPOILERSThis is a solid 4 Stars for me. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a psychological suspense thriller —-a surprise gift in the mail. My copy says a film is already in the making. I can definitely see this novel as a movie. It should be good! The book is good. There are a few other reviews about the plot already ....so I’m going to simply list some random thoughts about my experience reading it. ....I enjoyed the premises of this s...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2018-03-21
    I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion but I'm getting a bit tired of reading mysteries where the main female character is an alcoholic. I get it, it makes them unreliable (and relatable for some maybe?) but it's a cheap way of doing it. With that said, I'm usually not too difficult with mysteries. They just have to not do anything stupid (racism, sexism...), be entertaining and have twists I don't see coming.In this book, you're following ...
  • Barry Pierce
    2018-04-04
    I'm surprised that I actually finished this novel because my patience was gone, girl.
  • Emma Giordano
    2018-04-07
    5/5 Stars. I am SO BLOWN AWAY BY THIS NOVEL. The Woman In The Window is an absolutely amazing debut mystery-thriller. I cannot recommend it enough.CW: agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, substance abuse/alcoholism, murder, death, griefMy favorite part of this novel is the writing style. A.J. Finn has the perfect sort of prose that forces you to think, “How can someone ACTUALLY think like this? How does someone forms the words to illustrate such a...
  • j e w e l s
    2017-06-10
    3 STARSYou don't know how happy I was to get my greedy little paws on both the audio and Kindle versions of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW. My expectations were through the roof! Have you seen all those 5 star reviews? As it turns out, the book doesn't live up to the hype. Yes, it is as addictive as popcorn, I couldn't put it down. But, there are so many disappointing drawbacks that I couldn't rate it a 4 star read.For audio-lovers, do not waste your pr...
  • Roman Clodia
    2017-12-18
    ** Possible mild spoilers **Yet another super-hyped 'psychological thriller' which seems to think readers are innocents new to the genre... it's starting to feel like each new author just selects from a pack of established set pieces and gives them a bit of a shake hoping for something original. Here we have the traumatised, agoraphobic woman on a self-destructive binge of booze and pills keeping watch over her new neighbours and spotting a murde...
  • karen
    2017-10-10
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best debut AND best mystery & thriller 2018! what will happen?so, add my name onto the long list of superheroes who are conflicted about their powers, moaning about how alienating it is to have superhuman abilities, how it is truly more curse than boon. because i have emerged from two weeks of debilitating illness physically enfeebled, but with a new power, like john smith in The Dead Zone - i can no...
  • Kaceey
    2017-06-15
    4.5*"Agoraphobia is an intense fear and anxiety of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone." -NIHFor the past 10 months Anna has been trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can’t bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick a package from the front s...
  • Deanna
    2018-03-01
    I had “The Woman in the Window” on my list to read, but thought it would be awhile before I got to it. But then I came across it on Audible. So I decided to use one of my credits for it. I am starting to enjoy audiobooks a lot more, though I do find them harder to review. I usually have a ton of post-it tabs in the books I read that help me keep track of things. With audio, I’m usually relaxing and don’t want to stop to make a note.Anna F...
  • Justin
    2018-07-04
    Women, girls... they are everywhere, man. They’re in cabins, they’re on trains, they’re in spider’s webs or hornet’s nests. Sometimes they’re gone. Sometimes someone let them go. Sometimes they’re in a group. In this case, there is a woman in a window. She’s not a woman or white or a lady in shadows or a girl who circumnavigated anything. She’s just a woman named Anna Fox in a window. And, like all of her friends from all those ...
  • Paromjit
    2018-01-10
    A.J. Finn respins a contemporary version of Rear Window set in Manhattan, New York. This dark psychological thriller has the pill taking, wine drinking, ex-child psychologist, Dr Anna Fox, residing in a three storey home that is the sum total of her world. Anna, you see, is an agoraphobic, and cannot step outside her home, she has lived like this for 10 months after a mystery trauma blew apart her world. She lost her marriage, her family and her ...
  • *TANYA*
    2018-01-14
    4.5 stars!! Okay, the hype this book is getting is warranted. I usually stink at guessing the outcome of a mysterious plot, the “who done it” but I was spot on this time (yes!) and that still didn’t deter me from loving this book. The ending? CRAZY!!! P.S. Loved all the movie references!!
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-09-04
    I'm really torn on this one, because on one hand I was able to see all the twists coming (see Karen Brissette's review for my similar feelings on this), and it was a long book to feel entirely predictable, but on the other it was still a fun, enjoyable novel and I whole heartedly embraced the inclusion of the black and white movies and Alfred Hitchcock favorites that I grew up on. I felt neutral on the narrator here; she wasn't a long term favori...
  • jessica
    2019-05-13
    the woman in cabin 10. the girl on the train. the woman in the window. what do these books have in common, other than their horribly generic titles? they all failed to impress me. thats what. ive recently said in a previous review that i have become extremely jaded with the whole mystery/psychological thriller genre. and the fact that this story feels like every other book i have read with similar titles is not helping. this just feels very unori...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-12-09
    3.5 Anna Fox, now living alone in her three story brownstone, well alone that is except for Daniel, her basement tenant. Her husband and daughter, are elsewhere, though she talks to them daily. A trauma in her near past, has left her an agrophobic, subsisting on items from the internet that can be delivered. Her main activities were watching Black and White movies from old, and peering into the lives of her neighbors. It is while peering through ...
  • Larry H
    2018-01-07
    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars.Paranoia, the destroyerSelf-destroyer, wreck your healthDestroy friends, destroy yourselfThe time device of self-destructionLight the fuse and start eruption—The Kinks, Destroyer Reading A.J. Finn's new, much-hyped thriller, The Woman in the Window , I had lots of paranoia-related songs running through my head (including Garbage's I Think I'm Paranoid and the line from Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta which goes,...
  • Holly B
    2017-06-09
    Who's that woman in the window?Dr. Anna Fox has spent the past 10 months inside her NY home. Her home is her safe place and she is too afraid to venture outside her door. She entertains herself daily with the following activities:-downing bottles of Merlot and popping pills prescribed by her physician-following the lives of her neighbors through the lens of her camera-playing online chess -watching black and white films from her large collection ...
  • Dennis
    2017-11-20
    It isn't paranoia if it's really happening... The Woman in the Window is intoxicating, dark, and simply unputdownable. AJ Finn's debut novel is placed in current day, gentrified Harlem, New York City, where Dr. Anna Fox spends her day in her five-story townhouse drinking Merlot, spying on her neighbors, and mixing pills to numb her thoughts. She has theories and pseudo-storylines for her neighbors, each one being unique and different in their o...
  • Linda
    2018-02-03
    "I am locked in. I am locked out."Anna Fox has more intricate layers than a double-decker BLT tilting towards the mayo. Ain't no toothpick strong enough to keep this one from skidding off the plate.Anna exists behind the shuttered doors and windows of her four-story home in New York City. Dark and dreary are the colors that paint her reclusive world both on the exterior and on the interior. Anna suffers from agoraphobia that keeps her locked in a...
  • Liz
    2018-03-03
    This review is a hard one for me. I struggled with the first half of the book, only to be totally drawn in by the end. The book starts offs slowly, setting the stage. Anna Fox is a child psychotherapist who suffers from agoraphobia. As she’s trapped in her house, there’s not a lot of action to begin with. But that kind of works. But a little of that goes along way and I kept waiting for something to happen to turn up the pace. I definitely di...
  • JanB
    2017-09-09
    I loved it! This book has restored my faith in psychological thrillers and was a solid 5 star reading experience. It’s well-written, perfectly plotted, and riveting. I had trouble putting it down and became annoyed when life interrupted my reading – it didn't feel like >400 pages and I could have happily read it cover to cover in one sitting. Anna is a 38 year-old child psychologist with agoraphobia, who hasn’t left her home for over a year...
  • Matthew
    2019-04-13
    I suppose I did recently say it would be a long time before I read another book with "Girl" in the title. While in this case the word is "Woman", the trendy use of "Woman" in titles lately is just about as bad as "Girl", so it might as well be the same thing. Also, I have no control of when my library holds come in, so here I am reading a book with "Woman" in the title.It is about what you would expect from the Girl/Woman genre. A topsy-turvy mys...
  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    2018-02-01
    BRUH....HOW....WUT......IT IS LITERALLY ONLY A MONTH INTO THE NEW YEAR.All upcoming psychological thrillers will now be held at a higher standard.Gone Girl??? What's that??? Who is she cuz I don't know her.RIP.5 FUCKING STARSTwitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2017-12-09
    3.5 starsThis was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house.I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to ge...
  • Theresa Alan
    2018-01-22
    Dr. Anna Fox used to have a successful life as a mother, wife, and child psychologist, but something happened several months earlier that has given her agoraphobia. She can have her prescription medications and endless bottles of wine delivered, so she never has to leave her house. If she does want human contact, she calls her estranged husband and the daughter that lives with him. Her physical therapist and doctor come to her. There is also the ...
  • Kendall
    2017-09-07
    In a nut shell... I wasn't that impressed with this debut.Dr. Anna Fox lives in her townhome in New York struggling with agoraphobia. She has taken on some unique activities to help pass the time.... drowning herself with Merlot with a mix of pills, watching her neighbors, playing chess, and an obsession with her black and white movies. In between Anna's struggles with her agoraphobia she talks to her daughter and ex-husband frequently. One day A...
  • Beata
    2019-02-13
    Sometimes books are not up to our expectations, and this was the case regarding The Woman in the Window and me ..... I did want to enjoy it, I really did! But I felt tired & disappointed by the story and by Anna Fox. She suffered a great loss and she had my sympathy there, however, I didn't connect to her. The story tself dragged on and on, and I actually could put this book down. In fact, I had to return it to the library, and I didn't miss it, ...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-01-24
    This book is a psychological thriller starring agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox. Anna is a house-bound psychologist that spends her days drinking wine, popping benzos, watching films, and spying on her neighbors with the powerful zoom of her camera. One day, Anna is doing her usual snooping when she sees a crime being committed and her life is then turned upside down. This is the setup for this thriller and is all I'm saying about this novel, you must re...
  • Monica
    2017-08-26
    If you are looking for a gripping book that will capture your attention and keep you turning pages late into the night, The Woman in the Window is for you! It's been noted the story is similar to The Girl on the Train; that's true, but I found this story much more exciting and engaging.Every part of this novel was just amazing. Anna was such a multi-faceted character. After leading a fairly "normal" life, she had undergone a series of tragedies i...