Thursday, September 27, 2018

The woman in the window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window: A Novel

This was a captivating book, well-written, suspenseful; a real thriller/mystery.  It was on the NY Times besstseller list for weeks and has received notable attention, and it is well-deserved.

Dr. Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia, a mental illness in which the patient cannot leave their house.  How she got this illness is revealed later in the book, but for the first 100 pages we get a taste of how her life is limited by the disease.  She witnesses a murder across the street from her house and when she contacts the police finds that a woman she knew and saw murdered was replaced by an entirely different woman.  He credibility with the police suffers and she tries to discover the truth, limited as she is by her illness.

I thought the writing technique in this book was outstanding.  The style of the author creates a tense, almost agoraphobic view of this woman's world, barely letting the reader come up for air.  As a mystery it satisfies, although the author does setup the reader a little by limiting the descriptions of the characters (author manipulation of the reader, my favorite gripe. DL)  Still, I had a herd time putting down this story and wass thrilled to the epilogue.  The author grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the end.  Highly recommended. 5/5 stars.

Currently in publication. 

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