The Woman in the Window – By A. J. Finn

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Goodreads 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. 

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This is another book I picked up because it was a nominee for last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards, I’m still slowly making my way through those lists!

By time I finished this novel I had very mixed feelings about it. There was a lot to like for sure! There were also some stuff that was not my favorite. At the beginning of the novel I found myself heavily invested. I liked the main character Anna, I liked her situation and the setup for the story and I really liked the writing. I loved Anna’s different quirks, that she liked old movies and wine and that she continued her therapy work online.

But half way through the book I started to get bored. This story was far too long. The author got rambly and too descriptive and just couldn’t keep the mystery going without getting distracted by everything else but the mystery. And boy was it annoying! I also started to be able to predict what was going to happen in the last half of the book, which was also annoying. I totally called who the murderer was, it felt far too obvious.

That said…I had the hardest time rating The Woman in the Window. The first half is really good, the second half not so much.  Unreliable narrators are my favorite, but I never once doubted what Anna had seen which I felt like I was supposed to do… It was also very clear that the author was a man trying to write a female character. It made Anna’s character feel inauthentic at times.

So in the end I went with a 3 star rating. It’s not a bad story, but I wasn’t surprised to see other reviews that agreed the book was too long.

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