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The Woman in the Window

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  669,857 ratings  ·  54,680 reviews
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night,
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by William Morrow
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Emily May
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knows what goes on in a family?

Okay, I really don't want to misrepresent this book: The Woman in the Window is a pulpy, fast-paced popcorn thriller. It's not mindblowing or groundbreaking, but it is pageturning goodness. And it was exactly what I needed to get lost in right now.

The premise is a little bit of The Girl on the Train and a little bit of The Woman in Cabin 10 (what is it with these girl/woman/wife titles?!), with an unreliable narrator, faulty memories, alcoholism, and the au
Elyse  Walters
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Update… Paul and I just watched the movie…..
Great Cast….. but much darker - much more gruesome- - didn’t follow the book impeccably at all
— and not nearly as good as as the book……
My goodness…… they dramatized the violent graphics in the movie - but never fully developed the characters.
Oh well… what did others think of the film? Curious.

Older original ‘book’ review:

This is a solid 4 Stars for me. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a psychological suspense thriller —-a surprise gift i
Emma Giordano
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
5/5 Stars. I am SO BLOWN AWAY BY THIS NOVEL. The Woman In The Window is an absolutely amazing debut mystery-thriller. I cannot recommend it enough.

CW: agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, substance abuse/alcoholism, murder, death, grief

My favorite part of this novel is the writing style. A.J. Finn has the perfect sort of prose that forces you to think, “How can someone ACTUALLY think like this? How does someone forms the words to illustrate such a perfect passage?” This book is descriptive in a way
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion but I'm getting a bit tired of reading mysteries where the main female character is an alcoholic. I get it, it makes them unreliable (and relatable for some maybe?) but it's a cheap way of doing it.

With that said, I'm usually not too difficult with mysteries. They just have to not do anything stupid (racism, sexism...), be entertaining and have twists I don't see coming.

In this book, you're following a psychologist who went through something traumati
Barry Pierce
I'm surprised that I actually finished this novel because my patience was gone, girl. ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Woman in the Window suffers from the usual domestic thriller malady: an intriguing premise and a strong start that never quite materializes into a satisfying narrative.

Going in, the first pages grabbed me immediately. Usually it takes me a little bit to get going on a new book, with the initial pages being slow and filled with lots of setup, but no such problems exist here. The beginning was fast-paced and filled with riveting tidbits. But then we arrive at the main event, and the book compl
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Women, girls... they are everywhere, man. They’re in cabins, they’re on trains, they’re in spider’s webs or hornet’s nests. Sometimes they’re gone. Sometimes someone let them go. Sometimes they’re in a group. In this case, there is a woman in a window. She’s not a woman in white or a lady in shadows or a girl who circumnavigated anything. She’s just a woman named Anna Fox in a window.

And, like all of her friends from all those other books, she likes to drink a lot. And, just like her friends, m
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.
Agoraphobic Anna Fox resides in New York City.

She's found ways around anything and everything that she needs - whether it be grocery delivery, hiring a handyman or cases of her favorite wine every few months.

She will never need t

"Agoraphobia is an intense fear and anxiety of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available. Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone." -NIH

For the past 10 months Anna has been trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can’t bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick a package from the front stoop. Anna is an agoraphobic. Her days are filled wi
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: free-from-work
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best debut AND best mystery & thriller 2018! what will happen?

so, add my name onto the long list of superheroes who are conflicted about their powers, moaning about how alienating it is to have superhuman abilities, how it is truly more curse than boon.

because i have emerged from two weeks of debilitating illness physically enfeebled, but with a new power, like john smith in The Dead Zone - i can now call all of the twists. not one or two, but all.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I had “The Woman in the Window” on my list to read, but thought it would be awhile before I got to it. But then I came across it on Audible. So I decided to use one of my credits for it. I am starting to enjoy audiobooks a lot more, though I do find them harder to review. I usually have a ton of post-it tabs in the books I read that help me keep track of things. With audio, I’m usually relaxing and don’t want to stop to make a note.

Anna Fox was once an active child psychologist with a wonderful
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally the movie adaptation of this delicious thriller has a releasing date from Netflix! Check out your calendars for May 14th ! Yayyyy! So curious to see Amy Adams’ performance!🥳

Oh boy! This was a real nail biter, hair splitter, stomach churner, mind number, soul disturber product should be consumed with lots of popcorn and quarantine cocktails!

Funny thing is I wanted to check the film adaptation status because since December 2019 I was waiting to watch Amy Adams’ Anna Fox performance excite
I suppose I did recently say it would be a long time before I read another book with "Girl" in the title. While in this case the word is "Woman", the trendy use of "Woman" in titles lately is just about as bad as "Girl", so it might as well be the same thing. Also, I have no control of when my library holds come in, so here I am reading a book with "Woman" in the title.

It is about what you would expect from the Girl/Woman genre. A topsy-turvy mystery with lots of twists and lots (and I mean LOTS
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the woman in cabin 10. the girl on the train. the woman in the window.
what do these books have in common, other than their horribly generic titles?
they all failed to impress me. thats what.

ive recently said in a previous review that i have become extremely jaded with the whole mystery/psychological thriller genre. and the fact that this story feels like every other book i have read with similar titles is not helping. this just feels very unoriginal, very less than thrilling, very predictable.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A.J. Finn respins a contemporary version of Rear Window set in Manhattan, New York. This dark psychological thriller has the pill taking, wine drinking, ex-child psychologist, Dr Anna Fox, residing in a three storey home that is the sum total of her world. Anna, you see, is an agoraphobic, and cannot step outside her home, she has lived like this for 10 months after a mystery trauma blew apart her world. She lost her marriage, her family and her career, although she does spend considerable time ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm really torn on this one, because on one hand I was able to see all the twists coming (see Karen Brissette's review for my similar feelings on this), and it was a long book to feel entirely predictable, but on the other it was still a fun, enjoyable novel and I whole heartedly embraced the inclusion of the black and white movies and Alfred Hitchcock favorites that I grew up on. I felt neutral on the narrator here; she wasn't a long term favorite but she didn't grate on my nerves either. Overa ...more
Charlotte May
“Something’s happening to me, through me, something dangerous and new. It’s taken root, a poison tree; it’s grown, fanning out, vines winding round my gut, my lungs, my heart.”

This was a RIDE! And I loved it!

Dr Anna Fox is an alcoholic, agoraphobic, former child psychologist. Something happened to her which left her terrified to leave her house - but what?

She wiles away the days playing online chess, taking to fellow agoraphobics online and watching her neighbours activities from her window.
JanB(on vacation till October)
I loved it! This book has restored my faith in psychological thrillers and was a solid 5 star reading experience. It’s well-written, perfectly plotted, and riveting. I had trouble putting it down and became annoyed when life interrupted my reading – it didn't feel like >400 pages and I could have happily read it cover to cover in one sitting.

Anna is a 38 year-old child psychologist with agoraphobia, who hasn’t left her home for over a year. Her husband left her some time ago, and took their 8 y
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes books are not up to our expectations, and this was the case regarding The Woman in the Window and me ..... I did want to enjoy it, I really did! But I felt tired & disappointed by the story and by Anna Fox. She suffered a great loss and she had my sympathy there, however, I didn't connect to her. The story tself dragged on and on, and I actually could put this book down. In fact, I had to return it to the library, and I didn't miss it, which told me a lot about how I felt about it. I d ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!! Okay, the hype this book is getting is warranted. I usually stink at guessing the outcome of a mysterious plot, the “who done it” but I was spot on this time (yes!) and that still didn’t deter me from loving this book. The ending? CRAZY!!! P.S. Loved all the movie references!!
Diane S ☔
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Anna Fox, now living alone in her three story brownstone, well alone that is except for Daniel, her basement tenant. Her husband and daughter, are elsewhere, though she talks to them daily. A trauma in her near past, has left her an agrophobic, subsisting on items from the internet that can be delivered. Her main activities were watching Black and White movies from old, and peering into the lives of her neighbors. It is while peering through one of these windows, that she believes she is wit ...more
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All upcoming psychological thrillers will now be held at a higher standard.

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Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This review is a hard one for me. I struggled with the first half of the book, only to be totally drawn in by the end.

The book starts offs slowly, setting the stage. Anna Fox is a child psychotherapist who suffers from agoraphobia. As she’s trapped in her house, there’s not a lot of action to begin with. But that kind of works. But a little of that goes along way and I kept waiting for something to happen to turn up the pace.

I definitely didn’t relate to Anna, but I also had a hard time findin
Holly  B
Who's that woman in the window?

Dr. Anna Fox has spent the past 10 months inside her NY home. Her home is her safe place and she is too afraid to venture outside her door.

She entertains herself daily with the following activities:
-downing bottles of Merlot and popping pills prescribed by her physician
-following the lives of her neighbors through the lens of her camera
-playing online chess
-watching black and white films from her large collection of DVDs/mostly Hitchcock with some themes that may
Larry H
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars.

Paranoia, the destroyer
Self-destroyer, wreck your health
Destroy friends, destroy yourself
The time device of self-destruction
Light the fuse and start eruption

—The Kinks, Destroyer

Reading A.J. Finn's new, much-hyped thriller, The Woman in the Window , I had lots of paranoia-related songs running through my head (including Garbage's I Think I'm Paranoid and the line from Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta which goes, "Paranoia, paranoia, everybody's coming to
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I am locked in. I am locked out."

Anna Fox has more intricate layers than a double-decker BLT tilting towards the mayo. Ain't no toothpick strong enough to keep this one from skidding off the plate.

Anna exists behind the shuttered doors and windows of her four-story home in New York City. Dark and dreary are the colors that paint her reclusive world both on the exterior and on the interior. Anna suffers from agoraphobia that keeps her locked in as a prisoner of her own home and of her own mind.
It isn't paranoia if it's really happening...

The Woman in the Window is intoxicating, dark, and simply unputdownable. AJ Finn's debut novel is placed in current day, gentrified Harlem, New York City, where Dr. Anna Fox spends her day in her five-story townhouse drinking Merlot, spying on her neighbors, and mixing pills to numb her thoughts. She has theories and pseudo-storylines for her neighbors, each one being unique and different in their own way. When she is not photographing and spying
DNF at page 250/420
I was really excited about this book, but it ended up being very unoriginal and disappointing. I don't have the energy to write a full review, but here are some thoughts I wrote down in my notes as I was reading:

-BORING as hell
-Every scene is the main character taking pills and mixing it with alcohol when she shouldn't be
-She's an unreliable drunk narrator who is hallucinating thanks to her medication (nothing new in a thriller)
-She just keeps spying on the neighbors and neve
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

This was a highly suspenseful, anxiety-filled, page-turning wild ride! The main character, Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia (hers is a fear of being outside). She can’t leave her home and finds herself obsessed with the “hobby” of keeping tabs on her neighbours by watching them through the many windows in her large house.

I liked Anna, but found that after the halfway mark, her paranoia and constant coping mechanisms started to get slightly annoying. The author, A. J. Finn, did a fanta
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, hoopla-libby
The Woman in the Window is another step into the world of audio books for me. When it comes to open windows and the subject of watching other people through them, precisely, watching other people inside their houses, I'm so very perplexed. Ok, call me paranoid. As have other books that I've read in the past, this book features the act of people looking at other people, living their lives, inside their houses. Even when some of those people know they are being watched and do not like it at all, t ...more
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A.J. Finn, pseudonym for Daniel Mallory, has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years as a book editor before returning to New York City.

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