Friday, April 6, 2018

The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn

Dr. Anna Fox has not left her house in almost a year.  She has gone from being a strong, confident woman who worked as a child psychologist to a nervous, anxiety-wrecked woman who can't make herself open the door and go outside.  She has gone from a woman with a loving marriage and a child to one who doesn't live with her family anymore and talks to them occasionally.  Anna spends her days playing online chess, talking on the agoraphobic message forums, watching old movies and drinking way too much wine.

Her other past time is watching her neighbors from her window.  She knows their schedules, who is having an affair and whose children are growing up and headed off to college.  When a new family moves in across from her, she is fascinated by them.  There is a father, mother and one teenage son.  She meets the son who is shy but charming, then the mother.  Both seem a bit reserved and perhaps a bit afraid of the father whom Anna suspects of being controlling.  Then one night Anna looks out at their house and sees something she should not have and it changes everything.  No one believes her as her insecurities and general strangeness are well-known but she knows what she saw.  Can she make someone believe her before it all ends in tragedy?

This is a debut novel and it has arrived with a huge splash.  It has already been bought and is being developed as a major motion picture.  It is being published in more than thirty languages and has garnered great reviews.  It is reminiscent of the best Hitchcock movies; a twisty psychological story that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.  This book is recommended for mystery readers.

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