You might have noticed that I really love thrillers. I read them a lot. Even though sometimes they make my anxiety go a little crazy, I love them. So I was really excited to read The Woman in the Window. It was one of those that was everywhere on social media and it seemed like everyone was reading it. So naturally I needed to see what all of the fuss was about!
Anna Fox is a shut in, former child psychologist who lives alone with her cat in New York City. She spends her days (and nights) locked in her house watching old black and white Hitchcock films, drinking wine (and lots of it), playing chess online and watching all of her neighbors on her street. The only visitors she has are her psychiatrist, her physical therapist, and her basement tenant.
And then her world changes when the Russells move in. She becomes fascinated with the father, mother and teenage boy. They seem to be the perfect family. But then Anna sees something (or think she sees something) that she shouldn’t, and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened.
Nothing is as it seems to be in this crazy thriller. It is super creepy and dark. And the fact that Anna is obsessed with Hitchcock movies was such a good theme laced throughout the book. (It also makes me want to go watch all of them). Another kind of interesting thing is that, since she is agoraphobic, almost the entire book is set inside her house.
I’ve said this before, but thrillers will untrustworthy narrators are aways the best. Anna is a lonely shut in with an extreme drinking problem who also takes a lot of pills. How much more untrustworthy can you get?
Honestly, it took me a while to get really into this. I thought it was super predictable … until it wasn’t predictable. And then it REALLY wasn’t. It was kind of like with Gone Girl. I read the first part and was like “Ummm why is everyone talking about this?” and then I got to the second part and was like “Ohhh that’s why.” Same sort of thing here. Some things I had figured out early on, and other things I had sort of figured out but didn’t quite have the pieces together. There were a lot of twists and turns.
My dad read it after me, and he wanted to talk to me about it every day. It was fun listening to his thoughts on everything. He also really enjoyed it!
Apparently it is also going to be a movie (which doesn’t surprise me at all), so you may want to read this one sooner rather than later. If thrillers are your thing, you should definitely check this one out!
Have you read The Woman in the Window? If so, what did you think?