This book came highly recommended to me, in fact, every time I was between novels and perusing my books, my husband kept insisting that I read The Woman in the Window, assuring me that it was right up my alley. Well, he was right.
Right from the beginning, The Woman in the Window had me on high alert. Call me suspicious, but I didn’t trust one character in this book. I was even beginning to have my doubts about Anna’s cat! No, not really, but you get my point. I felt as though I was bumbling along with Anna, trying to make sense of what was going on. What was real? What was a figment of her deluded, inebriated imagination? It kept my hackles rising with every new chapter.
I loved Finn’s crisp, concise writing and the shorter chapter lengths. This made for a fast-paced reading experience. It was so easy to lose track of time by reading one chapter, then another and, well, the next one is only four minutes, I might as well read that one now, too!
If you are looking for a book that reveals all of its secrets quickly, look elsewhere. The author isn’t in any hurry. He takes his time, slowly revealing details and pieces of information to his readers. As I mentioned, I was never completely sure what I could or couldn’t believe, and trusting the characters? No way!
Dr. Anna Fox was in a downward spiral. She was agoraphobic, struggling emotionally, over-medicating, and drinking excessively. She lived in her bathrobe, bathed when she thought of it, and spent her days watching old movies, in chat groups on the internet, and spying on her neighbors, all while being in a self-induced blur. While I felt for her, I will admit that some of her behavior did get a little old. The book moved along quite quickly, but after a while, all of the pill popping and merlot swilling did make the book seem as though it was just meandering along. I understand that this was probably done to solidify Anna as an unreliable character, but I gathered that early on in the book.
The Woman in the Window was an entertaining, twisty story that kept my interest from start to finish, with the final thirty percent really gaining momentum until all was finally revealed. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book by A.J. Finn.