Book reviews

Book review: The woman in the window


The book was delivered to my door steps by eleven in the morning by amazon and by seven in the evening I had finished reading it. It’s that good!

The woman in the window by A.J.Finn is the story of Anna fox, the main protagonist of the story suffering from a severe form of agoraphobia. The condition, as per wikipedia is a severe form of anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe with no easy way to get away. These situations can include open spaces, public transit, shopping malls, or simply being outside the home. 

Anna, is confined to the four walls of the massive four story home in New York city. She lives there all by herself after her husband, Ed, moved out of the family home along with their eight year old daughter, Olivia. The couple decided to separate after Ed, found out she is not the girl next door any more…

Anna’s being a child psychologist by profession, she now spends her days indoors sipping copious amount of wine, providing online psychological support to the needy and obsessing over the new Russell’s family that has recently moved into the house opposite of hers. She does all the snooping with the help of her trusty Nikon camera while not opening any of the window curtains. Anna’s condition makes her incapable of dealing with direct rays of sunlight. Not to mention, the number of prescription drugs that she consumes on a daily basis with alcohol as against the advice of her doctor.

Anna’s obsession of the new family will soon become her favorite pastime. The picture perfect family of three, Alistair, Jane and their son Ethan. A life that was once her’s, not too long ago. She keeps a track on the daily chores of all the three members of the family on a daily basis. Anna on one such snooping escapades heard a screaming voice coming from the Russell’s household, possibly a female. Everyone rubbishes Anna’s concerns when she raises alarm in the neighborhood. Who is going to believe a loner woman who drinks throughout the day and is on some serious medication?

The screaming episode doesn’t end at being the isolate incident that happy families seem to have once in a while. It is followed by series of incidents the compels Anna to find out out the truth. But who is going to believe her? No one has time or sympathy for a psychotic woman like Anna Fox, other than punch, her cat.

The woman on the window is a fast page turning book that can be finish in one go. All the elements for a perfect mystery thriller are in symmetry. Drama, tragedy, mystery, suspense and the jaw dropping climax. The book is must read for the fan of The girl on the train and Gone girl.

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller

Author: A.J.Finn

Ratings: 4/5

Age Recommended: 18 and above.


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