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The Woman in the Window: The most exciting debut thriller of the year Hardcover – 25 Jan 2018
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‘Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing. I could weave in more superlatives but you get the idea. Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I'd love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles―I've got a lot of questions for her’ GILLIAN FLYNN
'Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st-century spin' VAL McDERMID
‘A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat’ RUTH WARE
‘The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling’ STEPHEN KING
‘An incredible debut, I absolutely loved it. I read The Woman in the Window in a single day. Full of suspense and surprises and told with heart, The Woman in the Window will send readers racing through its pages. A stunning first outing from A. J. Finn. He is a tremendous new talent’ JANE HARPER, bestselling author of The Dry
‘Amazing. Riveting. Just plain fantastic!’ TESS GERRITSEN
‘A truly phenomenal debut. A taut, utterly compelling story. Smart, heart-wrenching―and really scary’ NICCI FRENCH
‘Amazing. What an elegant, beautifully written thriller. I loved Dr Fox from the word go, and the twists and turns were just exquisite. It's so rare to find a story so compelling, yet so gracefully told – the flair and class of Hitchcock on every page. It's quite a cliché, but I was genuinely walking around the house/answering the door/eating my meals with the book in my hand.’ JOANNA CANNON, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
‘Dense, brilliant and unforgettable; tight in focus, widescreen in execution’ JENNY COLGAN
From the Inside Flap
What did she see?
It's been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Once I realised what the plot was I did in fact expect to become very frustrated on Anna's behalf when no one, sometimes not even Anna herself, believed her version of events, but the fact that I didn't seemed to be a bit of a weak point, but again I read on with interest. of the eventual outcome.
Overall it made for a very interesting read but a little less suspenseful than I had been given to understand. I have heard that this book is already set to become a film and I shall be very interested to see that and I will keep an eye out for A. J. Finn in future as he has an immensely readable style.
This is a slow-burn of a thriller; it takes time to set up its characters and backstory, just the kind I like. Anna, the narrator, is convincingly drawn: flawed but sympathetic, even when behaving unwisely. The writing is sharp and intelligent, with a pleasing line in dry wit, and is peppered with references to the classic film thrillers that Anna loves and which clearly inspired the plot. The tension builds slowly towards a breathless climax, with a number of twists along the way - not all of which are unguessable, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment in the least. It even manages to be quite moving at times.
It's remarkably accomplished for a first novel and I would highly recommend it to fans of intelligent, carefully paced psychological thrillers.
Dr Anna Fox is a psychologist, who lives alone in New York. An agoraphobic, Anna feels isolated and fills her days with giving advice online to those also suffering from agoraphobia, playing chess online, learning French, drinking too much and watching black and white movies. Indeed, this novel has more than a nod to many old movies, including, obviously, “Rear Window,” but it is more of a tribute to the genre than anything else. Although Anna has not left her home for many months, she does get visitors. There is her fitness instructor, Bina, her therapist, Dr Fielding, and her tenant, David. Plus, there are her neighbours. Anna spends her day watching her neighbours; keeping track on who comes and goes. Across the street, there are a new family – Alistair and Jane Russell and their son, Ethan. To her surprise, Anna becomes involved with the Russell’s and, before long, her habit of spying on those around her will put her in terrible danger.
It is really difficult to review this book without giving away the plot and I have no wish to do this. I will say that this novel has a riveting storyline, a number of truly shocking plot twists and turns and some surprises that I really did not see coming. I loved Anna’s character – a woman damaged, taking too many pills, drinking too much and hiding from the world. The author really conveys the way that her home has become her prison and how her phobia stops her being believed by those who come into contact with her. These include the wonderful Detective Little, who I would love to read more about. A wonderful read, full of suspense and thrills, but with an unusual, sympathetic and believable main character. I hope to read more by this author and know anyone who enjoy intelligent, well written crime novels, will enjoy this.
I think the story lends itself nicely to a movie adaptation, it has that type of scope in its characters, set-pieces and overall arc.
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