* Copy courtesy of Harper Collins *
Some fast facts about The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn:
- The book has been sold in 38 territories around the world
- It's being adapted into a movie by Fox 2000 Studios
In this psychological thriller the main character is Anna Fox, child psychologist now agoraphobe who hasn't left her New York townhouse in almost a year. She's an alcoholic who stalks her neighbours online and spies on them through her windows until she sees something shocking.
I notice this is being compared to The Girl on a Train, but I only agree with that so far as the main character has a drinking problem, sees something and can be unreliable but that's as far as it goes. I like Anna and was cheering her on whereas Rachel made me groan out loud in frustration.
I seem to enjoy agoraphobic characters and it was no different here. It was fascinating to see how Anna struggled with her condition and what she does to fill in her time while still trying to remain useful to society.
There were a few twists and turns at the end that had me speeding through the pages and all in all this was an exciting and unpredictable read. Fans of old black and white films will love the cinema references and parallels between this novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rear Window.
I enjoyed this more than The Girl on a Train and think it's going to be a fantastic thriller movie when it hits the big screen.
My rating = ****1/2
P.S. Read a FREE sample of the novel here.