I tend to enjoy a psychological thriller: the fast-paced story that you can’t put down and that everyone is talking about; they’re just good reads, even if there are holes/weird endings/characters acting unbelieveably. Which is to say, most psychological thrillers.
I’m not saying “The Woman in the Window” is a perfect story that is untouchable from having holes punched in it, but for me it was richer and more layered than most of the suspense novels I’ve read in the last few years. There are the regular references to Hitchcock films, which I initially thought was gimicky, but as I got into the book, I began to see the connections to the story-line and created a noir richness. There were also a few surprises and twists that in addition to catching me off guard, added meaning to the novel’s central story. I also found the story’s protagonist, Anna, to be sympathetic, even though all she does for half the book is get sloshed and spy on her neighbors, sounds like a good time in theory, right?
Finn’s first novel felt like a story that he had to write, as opposed to those seemingly piggy-backing on the “Gone Girl” style of unreliable narrator story-telling that we’ve seen again since Gillian Flynn’s novel came out in 2012. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a plot-driven thriller, especially if they enjoy and have seen a lot of old movies.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Publication date: January 2, 2018
I read this as: Audible eAudiobook