The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

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...

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Title:The Woman in the Window
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The Woman in the Window Reviews

  • Holly  B

    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 of DVDs/mostly Hitchcock with some themes that may

    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 of DVDs/mostly Hitchcock with some themes that may later be back to haunt her

    -talks on the phone to her ex-husband and her daughter (who he has custody of)

    This is all fine and dandy until one day while "getting to know" her new neighbors through her lens, she sees something harrowing!

    So very clever!! Yet all the clues are set out if you can "catch" them!

    Beware that the beginning is a bit confusing and takes awhile to set things in motion, but even with that I couldn't pull myself away from the story.

    Very fast read for me! Not edge of your seat, but more like the pull of a magnet. Loved this one!

    Super time reading this one with Traveling sisters!

    Thanks to Edelweiss/Wm. Morrow for my arc.

  • Kaceey

    -NIH

    For 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 stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled wi

    -NIH

    For 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 stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled with pills to control her anxiety and other ailments followed by a bottle or two (sometimes more) of wine to wash it all down. Her life outside her home is only viewed through her Nikon camera, where she watches her neighbors’ daily routines. (Much to their chagrin).

    When she witnesses an attack in the home across the street no one will believe her. Not the home owners, not even the police!

    Anna begins to question if it’s a side effect of her medication, or is there a reason no one wants to believe her.

    This book started out very slow for me. With most of us saying “huh? I’m confused!” That confusion quickly cleared as the pace revved up. Soon I was in full speed thriller mode! What an incredible ride. A.J. Finn had me questioning everyone from Anna herself to a grandmother in Montana!

    Some of the twists were predictable - but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. The big finale of a twist was absolutely perfect! Didn’t see that one coming at all! It’s a fairly long book but reads super-fast and keeps you glued to the pages! This is my favorite kind of thriller!!

    Highly recommend!

    A Traveling Sister read with Brenda, Norma, Susanne, Lindsay, Diane, Kendall, Jan and Holly!

    Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and A.J. Finn for a copy to read and review

    For this review and our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda’s fabulous Traveling Sister blog:

  • Dennis

    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 own way. When she is not photographing and spying o

    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 own way. When she is not photographing and spying on her neighbors, Anna watches famous black and white movies to pass the time and regularly checks in with her daughter and husband, who she recently has separated from. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, preventing her from leaving the confines of her house and limiting her ability to experience the real world effectively. Her hours, days, and weeks are consumed by fear and curiosity. When her new neighbors move in across the park from her house, Anna is intrigued at their anonymity. As she begins to investigate the story of her new neighbors, something horribly goes wrong. Anna witnesses something that shouldn't have happened—or did she?

    I won this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and literally jumped out of my bed and yelled, "YESSS!!!" I immediately was drawn to the story because let's face it, spending time spying on your neighbors while drinking too much wine sounds like my Friday nights. I was curious to see how this story would develop and see what the hype was about. After getting hooked in right from the beginning, I figured out why.

    will definitely not be for everybody. The initial pacing is moderate, to say the least. I wouldn't classify it as a slow burn however, because as the story progresses, the character development of Anna and the provided characters becomes ever more intriguing. Nothing is rushed or overlooked—everything is portrayed at exactly the right time. Why is Anna agoraphobic? What's her mental state like? How is she coping? What's going on in the outside world that she's missing? Who are all these people around her? These are just some of the questions that pulled me in while starting

    and it kept me guessing until the end.

    breaks away from the mold of some of the more recent in-your-face psychological thrillers that have been sprouting out more and more since the release of

    , and that's very refreshing to me. This type of psychological thriller really gets you in the mindset of Anna's psyche without throwing everything at you at once.

    As I've stated earlier, this book will not be for everyone. This thriller breaks the mold and sets a new standard—so buckle up 2018!

  • Elyse

    NO SPOILERS

    This 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 story. Anna Fox being a child psychologist with a psycholog

    NO SPOILERS

    This 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 story. Anna Fox being a child psychologist with a psychological disorder herself was interesting: agoraphobia.

    ....I liked Anna

    ....I liked Anna as the narrator. She kept me reading through the dark hours of the night.

    .....Nothing was ever too chilling or too graphic. The one violent scene was pretty mild for a book like this.... which I appreciate.

    ....I never thought Anna was looking out her window - with her camera in hand - just to be creepy. From the start - I suspected her looking out the window had another element- but nothing to do with the purpose of stalking, per say. It’s hard to explain, but it was a ‘feeling’ I had....yet she did look through neighbors windows.

    ....There was one surprise that was ‘really’ big for me — so much so -that I said to myself: “HOT DAMN, how do you like those crackers”?

    .....The title of this book is great - and not ‘as’ obvious as seems from the start.

    .....EACH of the characters are developed enough - just enough actually - they ride along with us ( the reader) as we are trying to figure what the heck happened:

    1. To Anna

    2. To a neighbor

    .....The 5 Story house that Anna lives in creates a great atmosphere

    .....Anna’s pill poppin wine drinking throughout didn’t alter my basic impression of Anna. I always felt that she was level-headed, and playing with a full deck - ( no matter how much drinking she did).....but was I wrong?

    Hmmmmm I’m not sayin!

    For a psychological thriller......this was unputdownable for me.... but not in a nailbiting way. I didn’t find it slow - or riveting....rather quietly gloriously-awesome.

    ***note: This book sounds 'long' with almost 450 pages --but.....they are 'very' short chapters.

    Some pages only have a few words. Its a fast read!

  • Emily May

    Okay, I really don't want to misrepresent this book:

    . 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

    and a little bit of

    (what is it with these girl/woman/wife titles?!), with an unreliable narrator, faulty memories, alcoholism, and the auth

    Okay, I really don't want to misrepresent this book:

    . 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

    and a little bit of

    (what is it with these girl/woman/wife titles?!), with an unreliable narrator, faulty memories, alcoholism, and the author playing around with our perception of what is true and what is imagined. My need to know what would happen kept me turning pages late into the night until I was physically incapable of keeping my eyes open a moment longer.

    treats a rather obvious plot element as a spoiler for most of the book, so I'll play coy too. It's about a woman called Anna who lives alone ever since separating from her husband and daughter. We're not told the circumstances of the separation, but we do know that Anna has a drinking problem and severe agoraphobia that prevents her from leaving the house.

    Housebound and drunk, Anna spends her days spying on her neighbours, until one day she witnesses something shocking in the window of the Russell's home. Everything begins to unravel when Anna attempts to report what she saw, and soon everything is being questioned: Did Anna hallucinate? Is it a combination of alcohol and pills?

    The chapters are short and hard-hitting, making the fast-moving plot zip by even faster ("This is the LAST chapter. Oh wait, the next is only two pages? Okay,

    is the last chapter"). I think the author does a great job of capturing both the fuzzy-headed confusion brought on by Anna's alcoholism and the suffocating claustrophobia of staying inside for almost a year. She makes for a pretty great unreliable narrator, and it is easy to feel her frustration when she can't even be sure herself if what she says is completely true.

    I also really liked how the author included Anna's passion for classic thriller movies. These offer interesting parallels with her reality and make you question whether something really did happen, or if Anna just saw it in a movie. Plus there's something a bit creepy about all these black and white flicks playing out in the background.

    is the kind of cozy psychological thriller that is easy to gobble up in a sitting or two. I didn't even mind that some things were obvious because the getting there was so damn fun and suspenseful. I'll be on the lookout for more from Finn.

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  • Larry H

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars.

    The Kinks,

    Reading A.J. Finn's new, much-hyped thriller,

    , I had lots of paranoia-related songs running through my head (including Garbage's

    and the line from Harvey Danger's

    which goes, "Paranoia, paranoia, everybody's coming to get me...

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars.

    —The Kinks,

    Reading A.J. Finn's new, much-hyped thriller,

    , I had lots of paranoia-related songs running through my head (including Garbage's

    and the line from Harvey Danger's

    which goes, "Paranoia, paranoia, everybody's coming to get me..."), but I felt the above lyrics by The Kinks described this book's protagonist perfectly.

    Anna Fox used to be a successful child psychologist. She used to have her life together—marriage, family, career—but 11 months ago, a trauma left her with agoraphobia, so she's been unable to step outside of her New York City home all this time. She spends her days watching black and white movies, playing chess and learning French online, drinking too much while ignoring or doubling up on her meds, and counseling others like her in an online forum for people with agoraphobia.

    She also has a bit of a photography habit, which stems mostly from her interest in watching what is going on outside her home, particularly in the homes of her neighbors. She's seen some pretty interesting things, including the recent afternoon activities of Mrs. Miller, who moved in across the street with her husband.

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

    When a new family, the Russells, move in directly across the park from her, Anna is quickly transfixed by them. They seem almost perfect—husband, wife, teenage son. She meets the son first and then the wife, and is amazed at how much she enjoys the wife's company. And then one night, as she watches through their windows, Anna sees something her eyes cannot believe. She knows it's something horrible, something she must alert the police about, and even provide help herself.

    And that's the moment when everything turns upside down. Did Anna actually see anything, or was it a hallucination from her medicine or the old movies she has seen over and over again? What is she to believe, her eyes or those who tell her what her eyes have or haven't seen? What, and who, is real? Does she have anyone or anything to fear?

    This is a taut thriller that definitely hooked me from the get-go. I had a lot of questions as I read, and wondered how Finn was going to bring everything together. While I felt like the book borrowed a lot from other thrillers and even some of the old movies Anna watched, the suspense definitely gets under your skin, and you absolutely want to fly through the book to see what the truth really is. Throughout most of the book, Anna feels like an old woman, but that's because of her condition. I had to keep reminding myself how old she really was.

    I felt like the whole story took a little too much time to play out—there were only so many times I could handle Anna's drunken binges, her not being believed by those she trusted, and her intense paranoia, which pushed everyone away. But there are some great twists here, some I didn't quite see coming and one I suspected (which disappointed me), and much like many thrillers and crime novels, the perpetrator spends far too much time explaining themselves and their motivations.

    I read a lot of thrillers so I tend to be really cynical about them. This is a good one, and I'd imagine this one is going to have many people eagerly turning the pages and staying up late because they can't get enough!

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  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    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

    - i can now call all of the twists. not one or two, but all. of. the. twists.

    and this does not please me, or make me feel superior or smug. in fact, it’s

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!

    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

    - i can now call all of the twists. not one or two, but all. of. the. twists.

    and this does not please me, or make me feel superior or smug. in fact, it’s kind of like a little magic went out of the world.

    that’s not to say i didn’t enjoy this book - it’s a chewy psychological thriller with a good instinct for pacing and a juicy, if familiar, premise. basically, it’s

    where agoraphobia is standing in for “broken leg,” and with another layer of unreliable narrator smooshed in by pretty much grabbing that drunk voyeur lady from

    to be the main POV narrator - a wine enthusiast on many prescription pills who cannot leave the house and whose main tether to the world is through the internet (which we all know to be the purest reflection of humanity), and spying on her wealthy neighbors through the zoom lens of her camera, when one night she witnesses a woman being murrrrdered; a woman she’s met and tentatively befriended, a woman she is told, after reporting the crime, simply does not exist.

    already, it’s got great bones, and i understand why this is being hyped up as THE book of 2018. for a debut, it’s very impressive - the claustrophobia of trauma-based imprisonment is palpable, and the narrator’s love of classic films adds to the fraught atmosphere where references and scraps of dialogue blur the real/fantasy line from the constant background presence of something hitchcockian flickering on her laptop. and even the reveal/withhold ratio is well-maintained, for those of you whose high fevers and persistent hacking coughs have not left you with advanced sensory perception.

    it’s a microwave popcorn book - fast and satisfying and buttery-slick, with SO! MANY! POPS! OF! SURPRISE! and even if you call every one of them, it’s still a satisfying treat.

    now i am off to brood some more about my magical burdens.

  • Diane S ☔

    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 one of these windows, that she believes she is wit

    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 one of these windows, that she believes she is witnessing a dangerous incident. An updated take on the movie, Rear Window, perhaps. But is she, and why will no one believe her?

    The suspense and the wanting to know is a prevalent factor here. One just keeps turning the pages, it was rather engrossing, but.....the execution could have been better. There were things that bothered me, didn't make sense within the context of the novels. Some large plot points that just withered away after being so prominent, leaving me unsatisfied. Disrupted the flow of the story, and made everything that happened unbelievable. Did love the ode to the old movies though, and as I said it did draw me in, there were just a few things I could not overlook.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Lindsay

    3.5 stars

    This 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 get slightly annoying. The author, A. J. Finn, did a fanta

    3.5 stars

    This 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 get slightly annoying. The author, A. J. Finn, did a fantastic job pulling me into Anna’s world – feeling her terror and contemplating her thoughts, but I feel that some of it became slightly repetitive.

    I found myself flipping the pages quickly as I was very curious to see how everything would come together in the end. My interest and curiosity was piqued from the very start.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Brenda, Susanne, Kaceey, Holly, Kendall, Jan and Diane. It was fun to discuss this one along the way, everyone having their own suspicions and theories. To find this review along with the other Traveling Sister Read reviews, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at :

    A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Expected Date of Publication : January 2, 2018.

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