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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @AJFinnBooks @WmMorrowBooks #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Read by Brenda and Norma with Holly, Kaceey, Susanne, Lindsay, Jan, Kendall, and Diane

We read The Woman In The Window with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we were split again into two different coulees. Some of us really enjoyed this one and were in the deep-rooted end of the rapturous murky coulee and the rest of the sisters lost in the craters of the dry coulee looking for water and a way out.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. FINN is a fascinating, fast-paced and twisty psychological suspense thriller novel that takes a look inside one women’s delusions and truth that left us questioning what was real and what wasn’t.

The story starts off a bit murky in the beginning leaving us somewhat confused as to what was actually going on in this story. We soon learn we are being drawn into our main character Anna’s unstable world who experiences Agoraphobia. We all mostly started out intrigued and engrossed in the story and were turning the pages as fast as we could to find out what was real and what wasn’t. For Norma and the sisters in the gloomy dry coulee they became frustrated with the holes in this one and were questioning some things that just didn’t seem to add up for them, taking away some of their enjoyment for this story. For Brenda and the sisters in the rapturous murky coulee we were so engrossed in Anna’s mind and figuring out the mystery of her reality that the gloom turned to mist and we were fascinated with this story till the end.

A.J. Finn does a good job creating an unstable world here for Anna and showing us how detached she really was from reality. He reveals clues along the way for us to figure out some things on our own without creating any shocking plot twists. Instead, he shows us just how unreliable Anna’s world was by leaving small clues for us to pick up on but kept us questioning them as to what was really happening until the very end.

We all really enjoyed the premise of this book and found the agoraphobia aspect of this novel quite fascinating. It read really fast for all of us and we were all intrigued by the woman in the window. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kaceey’s Review

4.5*

Agoraphobia is an intense fear and anxiety of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone.  NIH

For the past 10 months Anna has been trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can’t bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick a package from the front stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled with pills to control her anxiety and other ailments followed by a bottle or two (sometimes more) of wine to wash it all down. Her life outside her home is only viewed through her Nikon camera, where she watches her neighbors’ daily routines. (Much to their chagrin).

When she witnesses an attack in the home across the street no one will believe her. Not the homeowners, not even the police!

Anna begins to question if it’s a side effect of her medication, or is there a reason no one wants to believe her.

This book started out very slow for me. With most of us saying “huh? I’m confused!” That confusion quickly cleared as the pace revved up. Soon I was in full speed thriller mode! What an incredible ride.  A.J. Finn had me questioning everyone from Anna herself to a grandmother in Montana!

Some of the twists were predictable – but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment. The big finale of a twist was absolutely perfect! Didn’t see that one coming at all! It’s a fairly long book but reads super-fast and keeps you glued to the pages! This is my favorite kind of thriller!!

Highly recommend!

Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and A.J. Finn for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars

This was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house. I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to get slightly annoying.

The author, A. J. Finn, did a fantastic job pulling me into Anna’s world– feeling her terror and contemplating her thoughts, but I feel that some of it became slightly repetitive.

I found myself flipping the pages quickly as I was very curious to see how everything would come together in the end. My interest and curiosity was piqued from the very start.

A big thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and A. J. Finn for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

 

 

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