The Woman in the Window: A Novel
by A. J. Finn
A few months ago, Danny and I went on a date to my favorite place of all time: the Amazon Bookstore. Ok, maybe not my favorite place of all time, let’s be real, but I freaking love that place. After going on a non-fiction binge for a good six months, I was in search of a suspenseful, fiction page-turner. I love the Amazon Bookstore because not only do they have best sellers at Amazon.com prices, but they also have average customer reviews right next to their prices so you can see just how good the book really is before purchasing.
There were a handful of books at around 4.8 stars and I had no idea which to choose because I was pretty open to anything that day. As I was reading summaries, I saw an elderly lady next to me pointing to a book and raving about it to her friend. After eavesdropping on their conversation like a weirdo, I slid my way in asking a few questions about the book and just how good it really was. After a few minutes of old lady chatter, they had me sold, and The Woman in the Window was in my hands.
Overall the book was pretty good. Not a book that I couldn’t put down, but definitely a great story and a well-written page-turner. Surprisingly, I appreciated how short the chapters were. Most were only two to four pages, which made it easy for me when I only had 10 minutes to spare at night after getting home from work on my 14-15 hour long days. I digress…
The book starts out with a woman who is a psychologist that works from home doing online counseling because she is bound to her house due to agoraphobia after an accident. She’s on lots of medication to help her get through her day and muster up the courage to leave her house. Her husband and daughter live somewhere else and she communicates with them by phone regularly as she works on getting ‘better’.
Her hobbies include spying on her neighbors and playing online chess. During one of her spy sessions, she ends up witnessing a murder across the street, but no one believes her. They think she’s a tad bit crazy, and at this point in the book, I don’t disagree. The bitch sounds down right nuts. She was told by her doctor not to drink alcohol while on these medications and this broad consistently throws back a bottle of wine or more a night.
As the story unfolds, it turns out she was in a car accident with her family on their way back from a family vacation. She and her husband got into an argument in the car during a snowstorm, and she ended up veering them off the road. Her husband and daughter didn’t make it. Ah ha! Things are starting to come together…
At this point, I’m certain I’ve got the book figured out. She’s hallucinating on these medications that she’s not supposed to be throwing back the sauce with. She’s having visions that she’s talking to her family on the phone and that she witnessed this murder across the street. But, it starts to take a sick and twisted turn. And you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest. 😀
Overall, I thought the book was pretty good. A well written, suspenseful story, but not SO good that I stayed up past my bedtime to find out what was going to happen next. Either way, I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good suspenseful novel that’s a quick read.
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My rating: 4.6/5.0 Amazon rating: 4.4/5.0
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