Review of The Woman in the Window

Posted March 20, 2018 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 9 Comments

Review of The Woman in the Window

I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Published by William Morrow on January 2nd 2018
Pages: 427
Format: eBook
Source: Library


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, and 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.

First Line

Her husband’s almost home.

Here is what I thought

I have come to the conclusion that if everyone I know love’s a book that is very hyped, then I am not going to like it. 🙁

Anna Fox became an agoraphobic after an accident she had about ten months earlier. Before that she was a psychologist for children, now she cancels other agoraphobics online. I found this rather strange since she has the same problem. She comes off as a bit of a staker to me but she has nothing much to do but look out the window at her neighbors.

She gets some new neighbors and this leads her to spying on them and then one day she hears a scream but Ethan the teen in the house whom she has talked to on occasions tells her nothing is wrong. Then after a while she sees the woman who lived their Jane Russell  with blood all over her front and something that looked like a knife sticking out of her.

Nobody will believe her because there is no evidence of any foul play and it doesn’t help that she drinks and is on medication. She won’t let it go though and keeps trying to figure it out.

What I liked:

  • Though they didn’t really surprise me all that much there was a twist close to the end and then I am sure a lot were surprised by the ending. I had already started leaning towards that being what happened but just not sure why so it wasn’t like a huge OMG twisted ending but it was good.

What I disliked:

  • I believe I am figuring out I am not a fan of unreliable narrators. I know a lot are fans of this and that is probably why they liked this and I didn’t.
  • Anna is a professional and I get that she had a tragic thing happen to her but she knows not to take her medication with alcohol, and can we say she drinks a ton of wine! I mean I think it’s the only thing she ever drank in the whole book about four bottles a day! Then she gets mad when nobody will believe her and think she is a bit crazy.
  • The story drags on and it starts off so slow and repeats itself over and over. I know that she is a reclusive person and so all she does is drink and look out the window or watch movies but a whole book about it, snoozefest! I almost DNFed it but I decided to keep going to find out what the twist at the end was and I will admit to skimming probably close to the last 40% to get to the twist.

I just really didn’t like this book and I took my time in writing this review because I didn’t want to be to ranty, but I just don’t understand why so many people love it! I feel like I am missing something as this is the second anticipated read that I have just not liked at all and everyone else loved. I think I am done with hyped books for a while. 🙂 I can’t recommend this one.

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9 responses to “Review of The Woman in the Window

  1. Great review!! I felt the same way about The Wife Between Us. That book was ultra hyped, and I came away from it like, huh? What was so great about it? I almost DNF that one too. I’m with you when it comes to hyped books and unreliable narrators. I’ll probably skip this one.

    • Stormi

      Yeah I have heard some mixed reviews about The Wife Between Us, so I am in no hurry to try that one. 🙂

  2. LOL That happens to me too, Stormi! I never even added this one to my list as I wanted to wait and see some more ratings first. I learned my lesson with some other books.

  3. Aw, that’s a bummer you didn’t like this one. I liked it but I see your points too- her drinking was crazy! Like she would go in and moderate an online forum, and then not take care of herself at all! And unreliable narrators can be SO iffy.

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I just don’t do well with hyped books and I think unreliable narrators are not my thing. I also just didn’t like her…lol.

  4. I know how you feel about hyped stories. I’ve had the same issues with both books and movies. This is a book that I’ve wanted to try. I still might. I hop eyou enjoyed your next book more.

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