• Rachel Penate

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

⁣TITLE/ AUTHOR: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

PUBLISHER: William Morrow

GENRE: Thriller


SUMMARY: “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.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: In the great tragedy of books that induce dramatic eye-rolls, this one sure fits the bill. I’ve seen The Woman in the Window EVERYWHERE — from #bookstagram to Best Seller’s lists to friends personal social media accounts — it’s just one of those books that’s obtained major notoriety. Especially after A.J. Finn was exposed as being a little bit “cuckoo.”

So, WOMAN IN THE WINDOW has been in my purview for a LONG time silently whispering (insert Pennywise voice) “c’mon Rachel, take a dip!”

So, I dipped. And guys… can you please tell me WHY is everyone so obsessed with this book???

First, I found it to be quite predictable. Second (and honestly the part that killed me the most), I’m so tired of authors writing female characters as tortured alcoholics. Anna wasn’t a bold or heroic character. She was abused and tortured and not looked on at all with any compassion by really anyone (except one very minor character). That didn’t sit well with me at all.

Good thrillers (for me) need to 1) have an original storyline (or at least not be stupidly predictable) and 2) Be comprised of strong and heroic (or at least relatable) characters. Otherwise my care for the conclusion of the story is going to be lost amidst the chaos.

Overall, not a book I’d recommend unless you will literally pick up any kind of thriller for the quick and mindless entertainment.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: loss of family, agoraphobia, murder, alcoholism.

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