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BOOK TYPE: Fiction / Mystery - Suspense
I often enjoy psychological suspense novels, however, I was deeply disappointed by this one. The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn grabs your attention at the start. The protagonist, Anna Fox lives alone. She is a recluse in her New York City home. She spends her days online, drinking wine, watching old movies...and watching her neighbors - using her camera lens to zoom in on their lives. Anna's daughter and husband are away - she says they had to leave her temporarily because of the state she's in. She says she needs to be alone to heal. But heal from what, we don't know. We find out quickly that Anna has a therapist come to visit her at her house. Anna herself is a therapist and she, at times, counsels people online in chat groups. She often talks to others who are recluses like herself.
Anna's life is anything but typical. As she's spying on her neighborhood one evening, she notices the Russells - a family who moves into the house across the street from Anna's. They appear to be perfect...until Anna see's something she shouldn't.
Sounds like a great premise for a book? I agree. However, at 51 (out of 101) chapters in to the book, we still know nothing. I tried to hang on and keep reading...but after a bit longer, I simply skimmed the final chapters of the book. There was no movement. No story. Nothing happened. Until the very end. And then, it was gruesome -- too gruesome and dark for me.
The Woman in the Window was, unfortunately, not a book I enjoyed nor can recommend. I'm choosy about the books I read. I enjoy reading...but this book made me dread it. I just wanted something to happen and I just kept waiting... After writing my review I read other online reviews and found that other verified readers felt the same way as I did. Disappointed. Let down. Fooled. I had hoped for much more from this book.
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