The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window starts slowly to build the claustrophobic atmosphere and introduce the unreliable narrator, Anna Fox. We wonder what has led to such self-destructive behaviour, and why she is living the way she is – doped up on a cocktail of prescription drugs and red wine.

Her agoraphobia is obviously the result of some great trauma, but AJ Finn ramps up the tension by only gradually revealing Anna’s story in a series of flashbacks.

Time passes slowly and she spends it watching old black and white movies, playing chess and observing her neighbours through her camera lens. The Russell family have recently moved in across the park and Anna is slightly obsessed with watching them. One day she believes she has witnessed a murder. Needless to say, no one believes her and there is no evidence.

In his debut novel, AJ Finn has created a well-written and convincing female character, and a tense plot full of twists and turns. My only criticism is that it would benefit from some judicious editing as it is padded out with too much repetitive description.   

Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.