I am really excited to share this review as can’t really decide which is more thrilling – the book or the author’s real-life story :D.
A – you have to give it a read, it’s surely will help you pass the time while you wait for next GoT episode 😉
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox has left her home (due to a condition called agoraphobia). Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbors. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzies scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see, Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
This book shall find a place in your book-shelf if you have a thing for psychological thrillers (like me). It’s well-written, perfectly-plotted and intriguing. The initial pacing is quite slow but as the story progresses you find yourself deeply engaged into this >400 pages book and just want to know what’s coming next! The character development of Anna really gets you in her psyche thinking, “Did Anna really see what she claims had happened or is she hallucinating from the pills and what she was watching in her black and white movies at night?”
“I am locked-in. I am locked out.”
The author does a marvelous job of keeping the reader guessing and the suspense keeps you on tenterhooks, absolutely wanting you to fly through the book to see what the truth really is. The end, somehow, was not a surprise for me (maybe because I read/watch way too many thrillers) but the book definitely is intoxicating and will keep you turning pages late into the night.
“Who knows what goes into a family!”
Rating – ****
About the author – A. J. Finn
Dan Mallory, the author of the book is an American editor who writes under the pseudonym A. J. Finn. The woman in the window is his debut novel, which was the hit psychological thriller of year 2018 and entered the Times best-seller list at No. 1, first time in 12 years for a debut novel to do so.
According to an article in The New Yorker, there has been a lot of accusations on Dan Mallory regarding lying about his life and career at certain levels like having suffered from cancer and brain tumor, having lost his mother to cancer, having lost his brother to suicide, having earned a doctorate form the University of Oxford and having borrowed heavily from the 1995 thriller film Copycat (without attribution) for his debut novel. He subsequently admitted about his mother surviving the cancer and that his brother is also still alive.
Mallory has attributed his deceptive behaviour to Bipolar II disorder.
But despite all the revelations, Mallory’s publisher HarperCollins confirmed that a second novel is on it’s way and slated for a January 2020 release.
The book has been confirmed for a movie release directed by Joe Wright. The film is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures under the 20th Century Fox banner.
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