The Woman in the Window-Book Review
Let me just start by saying WOW. This book. A.J. Finn knew that he was meant to be a writer because for a first time book, he knocked it out of the park. I have no doubt that being an editor for the last ten years helped significantly, but the story was pure talent. It’s a risky move, entering the psychological thriller landscape that has taken over the book market right now. Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena are hard to beat, but I think A.J. Finn might have just done that.
The story focuses on a middle-aged woman who has agoraphobia (a fear of outdoors); therefore she is secluded to the inside of her beautiful town home in New York. She drinks too much wine for the amount of pills she takes and her friends are strangers on the Internet. One night she witnesses the murder of her next door neighbor, but her consumption of wine along with her long list of prescribed medications make her an unreliable witness to this event. So she seeks out justice and what follows is a page-turning story that will keep you guessing and questioning is our narrator reliable or not?
While “The Woman in the Window” follows similar aspects of the female-centered psychological thrillers like “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train” with the unreliable narrators who have some sort of addiction, usually alcohol, A.J. Finn has created a character that is actually likeable, despite her array of faults. As a reader we believe her and we root for her, which is something so difficult to accomplish in these storylines. For this reason I never once put down the book, annoyed that she was drunk again or frustrated by her uselessness. Instead I was fascinated and interested in what she would do next. A.J. Finn has found a way to make this stereotypical character into something much more, which is why I think he stands out from these other comparable novels.