★ ★ ★
The Woman in the Window was receiving a lot of buzz months before its release date and I was hesitant to pick it up because I was worn out on thrillers, but I’m glad I made the decision to add it to my BOTM box because it did not disappoint. A noir psychological thriller that was clever, absorbing, and unsettling, with peculiar characters, particularly the main protagonist, Anna.
Anna Fox is a shut-in and drunk, suffering from agoraphobic after an accident that you will learn more about further into the book. She spends her days drinking wine by the bottle, watching old black-and-white movies, and neighbor watching. Until one day when she witnesses something shocking in the window of her neighbors and attempts to report it to the police. Everything begins to unravel and suddenly Anna does not know what is right–is she hallucinating from mixing the wine and various pills she prescribed? Are people conspiring against her? Can she even trust herself?
This was a fast-paced read with short chapters that pack a blow, and Anna is an unreliable narrator, illustrating the murky mind of alcoholism and mental illness, so the further along I read, the more I was conflicted and uncertain of what really happened. While one of the plotlines was obvious to me from the beginning–looking back, little hints were placed throughout with one of the characters–there was one twist nearing the end that shook me. I had to put the book down and just take a breath because I didn’t believe it.
The details and world-building were so vivid that it was like watching a movie. It will definitely be one of those books that when you reach a certain point, you’ll pause to remember all the subtle clues placed throughout the previous chapters. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Woman in the Window, and I’m glad I picked it up finally! It was a cozy-yet-dark type of thriller for me, and I devoured it in two days because it was so well-written.
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.
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by William Morrow