Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn)

There's a lot of buzz right now about A.J. Finn's The Woman in the Window, and when it comes out in January 2018, I think it's going to be huge.  Everyone from Tess Gerritsen to Louise Penny has already sung its praises. I'm about to do the same.

The thing about this novel is that it keeps you constantly on your toes, never 100% sure of what is happening or even if what the narrator tells you is actually true.  Our narrator is Anna Fox, a woman with severe agoraphobia, who insists that she saw a murder in a neighboring house.  If this sounds like it's straight out of Hitchcock, that's probably true.  Since Anna doesn't go outside, she is a classic film buff, and old movie themes play prominently in the storyline.  Chapters are short -- very clever since that keeps the pages turning and the reading light on late at night.

Twists abound in The Woman in the Window.  A colleague of mine read this at the same time as I did, and it was interesting that she guessed one twist and I guessed another.  Neither of us suspected the other's correctly guessed twist.  That's what makes this book really original and a supremely fun read.