Well. Summer time certainly makes it hard to post regularly, but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! While up at the cottage last week, I finished The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. This was a debut novel, which automatically makes me impressed. It was a relatively long book, with a very rich story and well developed characters. The book falls squarely into the thriller category and received positive reviews from other thrill writers such as Stephen King, Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn.
I got through the book pretty quickly even though it is over 400 pages. The story kept me interested, although about half way through I started to guess (and was right) about what one of the major twists would be. I did enjoy the book overall, but I think I’m reaching my quotas on thrillers lately which made this book not an out of the park hit for me. I know the plan is to turn this book into a movie and I actually think I would like it better as a movie!
One of the most interesting things about this book is the way that the old movies the main character, Anna, watches almost act like dialogue that support the story. That is a unique feature, although I found myself skimming some of the movie lines, even though I knew they were providing backdrop to what might be coming next.
One of my favourite parts of the story revolved around Anna started to doubt herself based on what others were telling her must have happened. Other characters were using her weaknesses to push her down and I just couldn’t help hoping that someone would rally on her side and help her sort through all the details. In the end though, this really was a turning point for her as she started to understand that she needed to be able to rely on herself and trust her gut.
I also liked the fact that the main character was spying on her neighbours! I mean, don’t we all do that, just a little bit? It’s not so much the spying, but making up details of their lives based on the short snippets that we see. I absolutely have invented details about my neighbours based on their comings and goings (what type of job they might have, etc) without actually knowing if those details are true. In this way, the book is somewhat similar to ‘The Girl On The Train’.
So, overall, I would recommend this book to those who love to read thrillers. It really was a fantastic debut novel and I will certainly watch for the next book from A. J. Finn. There were many twists so it would make a great book club pick so that you could discuss who saw what coming. My next book review with be for Kristin Hannah‘s latest book, The Great Alone. I wasn’t expecting to love that one, but I did!