Layered with multiple twists this book will have you wondering what’s real and what’s not!
I was kindly gifted this to take part in the Tandem Collective readalong.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
It’s been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
This was one of those stories that will mess with your head and have you questioning everything from the very first page as Anna is one of the most unreliable narrators I have come across.
Chapters are super short which will have you whizzing through this in no time. I devoured this in 2 days as I couldn’t stop at each prompt, I just had to know what was happening. The first third of the book is a little bit of a slow burn as we are introduced to Anna and begin to understand what is wrong with her and how she lives. After this though the book picks up pace and I loved how I was just as confused as Anna felt.
There were a few things about the story that I did figure out very early on as I felt it was quite obvious, or it may be just that I read too many thrillers. Despite knowing some of what was happening I never figured out the ending, to the point where I was hit with the big plot twist and I actually gasped out loud.
The remaining third of the book was intense and played out like a horror. The claustrophobic feeling of Anna’s house really helped set the scene and felt like the walls were closing in on her as we got nearer the end.
Overall this was a brilliant psychological thriller which will have you wondering what is real and what is not. With a fantastic twist that I didn’t see coming at all, I highly recommend this and I’m very much looking forward to the film adaptation on Netflix.