12/12/2017 6:44:38 PM - Kathryn
What a page turner!
Wow! This book had me hooked from the first page and I couldn't put it down. When you think you finally have it all figured out, another twist and turn comes your way. An exceptional thriller. Highly recommend!
25/03/2018 10:19:43 AM - Nicole
Think Gone Girl-esque, this book is great if you like thrillers that you can’t put down! I read this so fast because it is so easy to read and gets you so hooked so it is hard to put it down. It is clear this will be made into a movie and if it goes by the book, we should be in for a good one!
8/02/2018 5:17:22 PM - Maria
This book was a little slow to start, but before I knew it I was hooked! Many surprises along the way made this an interesting read!
13/12/2017 8:02:10 AM - Lndell
This is a similar read to the other 'window' bestseller, and I thought I knew how this was going to pan out... and I was right.. to a point..
the more I read, the more intriguing it became and the ending caught me completely by surprise.
I had to reread the first few chapters to figure out 'how did I miss that?"
Very clever writing, and I admit I much prefer this to the other.
21/01/2018 4:54:12 PM - Bronwyn
This was a well written, page-turny read, and I gave it a solid 4 out of 5 stars
I was lucky enough to win an advance copy of this from Dymocks.
I liked the set up for the story, and the way that the back story is told - the protagonist is a woman named Anna, who we know from the start is agoraphobic, and lives alone - as the story progresses we are not only seeing the 'incident' unfold into the future, but we also learn little by little how Anna got to where she is, as her history catches up with what's happening now.
I felt like Anna was pretty superbly written. We see from the start that she clearly has some serious issues, and she continues to engage in some really self-destructive behaviours - this combination could make her really frustrating to read, but I actually found her honesty, rawness, and the self awareness she has about her problems quite endearing. I was kind of surprised to find myself so much on her side, and I felt more respect for her than I have in other unreliable narrators I've read.
As is generally the case with thrillers there were some bits that I predicted ahead, but overall I thought this was a well written, page-turny read. I gave it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
16/12/2017 4:21:57 PM - Allison
This book was amazing. I didn't want to put it down. I was hooked and involved from page one to the end.
30/12/2017 1:20:30 PM - Margaret
I found this book very disappointing, and slow. In fact, I found it boring and couldn't finish reading it.
29/12/2017 9:08:06 PM - Melissa
A thrilling thriller
It was very difficult to stop reading it once I started.I normally don't read thrillers but this one held my interest the whole way through. I was annoyed with myself for not seeing what was coming, I can't say without spoiling the ending.
16/12/2017 7:03:47 AM - Helen
Well written thriller
This book is well written although the first 60% was a bit slow going for me. I found the style confusing at times but by the second half of the novel I was too far into the story to care.
Told by Anna, there's plenty of second guessing - how much is real and how much is a side effect of her drug and alcohol abuse ? Can we trust her word? The pace really picks up in the second half of the novel, and it'll have you wishing you paid more attention to begin with. It's addictive, even if you suspect the outcome. I had a hard time putting it down for the last 200 pages. Despite its familiarity, this is a well-written thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages.
25/12/2017 4:52:11 PM - Stephanie
I was lucky enough to receive this from the publisher to review. I was very much looking forward to reading it, but unfortunately I found it disappointing— it was slow and frustrating. I gave up after 165 pages. Perhaps it got better but I’m a voracious reader and don’t choose to waste time on books that don’t hook me within 150 pages.
8/01/2018 3:33:23 PM - Maddi
Before I started this book, I tried to think of the most outrageous solution to the book, see if I could figure it out before reading it, expecting it to be predictable. What ended up happening when I did read it, was me forgetting that I had made a cup of tea, ignoring housemate's questions, and at one stage nearly throwing the book across the room because I got spooked and surprised by one of the major twists. This book is a huge rollercoaster of emotion, dont be fooled when it starts off a little slow, trust me, you'll want to finish the story. Its a perfect book for those who want a little thrill and chill in their reading life!
27/02/2018 4:58:09 PM - Karen
A Good Read
I was a little sceptical when I received a copy of this book (from Dymocks) given the publishers over enthusiast hype but I was pleasantly surprised. A little slow at first, the steady release of snippets of information kept me interested and wanting to read on. As we slowly learn more about Anna, her agoraphobia, and the events of the past she ultimately becomes a well-drawn character and those around her are intriguing. Although I correctly anticipated the twists and turns, and guessed the perpetrator, I was not disappointed and still wanted to read on for the finer details of the finale. I liked the “Hitchcockesk” elements and the references to the old black and white films which fitted nicely within the events of the book. This is not highly original, nor is it the best ever thriller, and I doubt it will be the best book of 2018, but it is a good read.
24/01/2018 4:29:49 PM - Amelia
An intriguing and enjoyable thriller
I received The Woman in the Window to review from Dymocks and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The book can take a little while to get in to but about halfway it picks up and from there I was hooked. I ended up speeding through the last half of the book desperate to get answers and to see if my theories were correct. Great plot line with an unexpected twist at the end, highly recommend!
4/01/2018 6:51:30 PM - Jane
Excellent thriller with plenty to keep you reading
I read The Woman in The Window by AJ Finn after having won a copy in a Dymocks' reader competition. The story is told from the point of view of Anna Fox, a child psychologist who is on sick leave and confined to her beautifully restored home. Her husband and daughter are no longer living with her, but they're in touch. Whilst she's no longer leaving her house, she takes a keen interest in her world through internet searches and observing through her window to keep tabs on people in her neighbourhood. She also runs an internet forum for people suffering from agoraphobia. It is clear as the story unfolds that Anna's world is falling apart, and she's barely keeping it together, with the situation made worse by her habit of mixing her medication with alcohol. So when she observes a woman being stabbed, but the police can find no body - was she hallucinating, her imagination over-stimulated by her diet of noir movies and a powerful cocktail of drugs and alcohol, or did a murder really take place?
Some reviewers felt the novel moved at a slow pace in the early stages, however I liked the way the story was set up – I felt that I was being drawn into Anna’s world, getting to see things from her perspective, so when she starts to doubt herself, it was easy to accept her reasoning. This is well worth reading, and I highly recommend The Woman in The Window.
19/12/2017 10:05:05 AM - Mike
The heroine of this debut novel by A.J. Finn (pseudonym for Daniel Mallory) is 38/39 year old Dr Anna Fox, an intelligent child phycologist. So why is she suffering agoraphobia resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder? Why hasn’t she left her house in nearly a year? Why are her husband and daughter not living with her? Why is she living on a cocktail of wine and drugs? Why does she spend her days on the internet or spying on her neighbours? What does she see? SPOILER ALERT!! No, sorry, buy this well-written tense book and find out the answers for yourself. There are twists and turns right to the end. A motion picture is in development. Thanks to Dymocks and HarperCollins for the opportunity to review this absorbing novel.
18/12/2017 5:45:22 PM - Dianne
Intense and intriguing
Whilst thrillers aren’t my usual choice, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was face paced and chock-full of tension, but it also had fantastic characters and a really intriguing voice. It was a book I always enjoyed going back to, to find out what happened, but also to spend time with the characters. I think this novel will appeal to a wide audience, with something in it for most readers. Highly recommended.
19/03/2018 10:11:01 AM - Svetlana
Off to the movies we go
What can I say? I read it. I liked it, in places and in others I did not.
The book felt like something old. I have not seen Rear Window from start to finish, but I did watch Hitchcock's movie after I have read the book. Yes, the book is an old story told in modern language.
Rear Window is all about suspense, love, devotion, betrayal and support. The main character, wounded photographer has a whole support network around him. He has people he can trust and who chan trust him unconditionally and support him all the way.
Reading The Woman in the Window I had a constant thought
If only she had someone who believed her unconditionally and supported her. A sort of 'presumption of innocence'. In this case, 'presumption of sanity and truth'
But the poor heroine did not have anyone. She did not have any friends. Her family was no longer with her. She pushed all the people away, even those she paid to look after herself. She was 'ripe for the picking'. And picked on she was.
The suspence of the book is masterful. I enjoyed the turn of events and guessing game that goes with it. The inner reminiscence and 'self-eating' of the main heroine was a bit much in places. But I guess, I have not walked in her shoes... or drank her wine, so to speak
After finishing the book, I wanted to find a list of old movies that were mentioned in the book. Thanks to blogging world, I found just the thing. The New York Public Library Billy Parrott, Associate Director, Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street offers us a list of Movies mentioned in the novel.
There are plenty more reviews of the novel. One worth mentioning is The New York Times, Jane Maslin The Woman in the Window review
In short, there is a woman in the window, there is a very bad person, a very wicked person, a lot of old movies, a lot of merlot drank and spilled, grief, loss and deception galore.
Have a read, if you dare
30/01/2018 11:11:31 AM - Ella
Couldn't put it down
I received an advance copy of this book from Dymocks in exchange for a review, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book, I could barely put it down, and that hasn't happened in a while.
Not only is the story line gripping and the twists surprising, the fears Anna faces are so relatable and so well written that I felt like I was a fly on the wall in her house.
4/01/2018 10:18:32 PM - Alana
A wonderfully written thriller that left me guessing till the very end.
I got a chance to read a pre release copy of this book and just wanted to say that I loved the book and thoroughly recommend it. A MUST for all thriller fans.
17/01/2018 1:47:25 PM - Verity
This is a similar novel to Paula Hawkins ‘The Girl on the Train’. However, I found the main character (Anna) much more likeable than Rachel. I found the book quite slow to begin with but picked up pace towards the end. On the whole it was an enjoyable read if you can stick with it! I’ll be interested to see how it translates to the screen.
19/12/2017 9:03:32 AM - Emma
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At first I thought it was simply a rehash of Girl on the Train/Gone Girl etc. and there were definitely elements of that however I still couldn't put it down and LOVED the ending.
19/10/2017 4:31:20 PM - Marianne
a truly impressive debut novel
The Woman In The Window is the first novel by American author, A.J.Finn. Doctor Anna Fox is a shut-in. She’s a child psychologist, she’s thirty-eight years old, but she’s also agoraphobic, and has not set foot outside in ten months. She lives alone; her husband, Ed and eight-year-old daughter, Olivia are in regular contact but away somewhere, for reasons that are only gradually revealed. A tenant in the basement maisonette looks after tasks like groceries and minor repairs, but keeps to himself otherwise. Her only other human interactions are weekly visits from her therapists (mental, physical). Oh, and there’s Punch, the bad-tempered cat.
When not busy online (chess, French lessons, or “consulting” on Agora, a help forum for agoraphobics), Anna spends her days watching old black-and-white movies from her extensive DVD library, or documenting the lives of her near neighbours with her Nikon D5500 camera and its powerful Opteka zoom lens. She notes the arrival of the Russell family (dad, mom and lanky teenaged boy) as they move into the vacant house across the park. Young Ethan drops in a gift from his mom. Nice boy. And his mom, Jane comes to Anna’s assistance when some local teens vandalise her house. She likes them both immediately.
When Anna looks out one evening and sees Jane apparently stabbed and bleeding in the Russell’s parlor, she calls 911. But things go badly awry with her attempted rescue, and by the time her claims are investigated, there is no body and Anna is not believed. But she knows what she saw! Except that it is soon apparent that Anna’s eyewitness account may be less than reliable: she’s depressed, on a bunch of medications and also drinking quite a lot more wine than she admits to her therapist. And many of those movies she immerses herself in are of the Hitchcock genre. Could she have imagined it all?
Finn fashions her tale with splendid skill. The clues are carefully dropped into the story, as are the red herrings. As some of the twists are revealed, they confirm niggling doubts the reader has formed about certain aspects, but this page-turner is so cleverly constructed that even the most astute reader is kept guessing right up to the heart-thumping climax. The characters are easily believable, and Anna’s doubt and confusion is well portrayed. This is a truly impressive debut novel, and it will be interesting to see what this talented author does next.
This uncorrected proof won on GoodReads Giveaways.
2/01/2018 3:23:30 PM - Gaye
The story takes a diarised format. A psychologist with agoraphobia,tells her thoughts. As you turn each page engrossed at her mindset. What a thriller it twists and turns right to the end, keeping the reader enthralled. Well worth reading. Won as part of Dymock's Booklover prize.
31/12/2017 7:36:51 PM - Catherine
Overall I enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me guessing. I thought it had a good use of an unreliable narrator that kept you engaged in the plot. Although at times the writing did feel uneven and often jumped to different plot points it does all come together in the end. The story is similar to other psychological thrillers on the market is does have enough twists and turns to keep you interested.
30/12/2017 12:08:36 PM - David
How many times have you read a thriller and, having bought in to the plot, caught yourself hoping the author is capable of holding it together until the end. Have no fear with Woman In The Window. This excellent thriller is tightly plotted from start to finish and you will find yourself drawn into the life of the crippled protagonist viewing life through her windows. This highly entertaining book is satisfying on every level and, probably, destined to be a classic. Yes, its that good.
19/01/2018 8:38:12 PM - Kate
Slow start but worth the wait!
I was fortunate enough to get a copy of this book through Dymocks pre release so I was determined to read it through. Luckily I kept reading past the first 100 pages despite their lack of interesting or even poignant information as the 2nd half of the book was really hard to put down.
Some of the story line is predictable but still worth the read especially if you like old movie references.