The Woman in the Window
By A.J. Finn
I’m wrestling with this review. The movie for this book is set to be released in May of 2020 and the book itself was an instant bestseller. So I should be on the bandwagon for it, right? It seems that this is one of those stories people either love or they just don’t care for it. I’m falling somewhere in the middle.
📷 It’s the case of the unreliable narrator that’s giving me the mehs. Anna Fox is an agoraphobic child psychologist. She hasn’t left her home in over ten months. Overmedicated and consuming wine like its water, she spends her days watching her neighbors through the lens of a camera. (Yeah, she’s a creeper). Anna also chats with fellow agoraphobes on a website called Agora; her username is 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧.
📷 New neighbors move in across the street from Anna and as Anna is scoping them out, a woman waves at her through her viewfinder. Before she knows it, this woman, “Jane,” is in her home befriending her. Days later, Anna believes she has witnessed Jane’s murder. Anna tries to reach out to Jane’s son, who appears to be frightened himself. Anna seeks help in her shady tenant who is living in her basement. She even reaches out to the police, but of course no one believes her. Surprise, they all think she’s crazy and a drunk. To make matters worse for Anna, there is a new woman in the neighbor’s house claiming to be Jane.
📷 The overall plot of the murder is good. There are a few twists to it and you are never sure who to trust, certainly Anna is always questionable. I did like Anna’s character as a whole, some of her inner dialogue is actually humorous. It’s just the trope of “I saw something, but no one believes me because I’m on pills and I drink too much,” is kind of old hat for me. It causes the story to drag a bit. Due to the fact that Anna has so much running inner dialogue, I’ll be very interested to see how they portray this in the movie.