I read the best-selling and rather gripping psychological thriller recently The Woman in the Window, by A.J Finn.
What did she see?
It’s been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
The book is written in the first person, which immediately brings the reader straight into the story. It’s well-written, fast-paced, and it interested me enough to stop me skipping bits to get to the end. It’s definitely a 5 star read!
Agoraphobic Anna, unwilling to venture outside because of a past trauma, consumes far more wine than she should and spends her days gazing out of her window.
One day she is visited by a new neighbour Jane Russell, but soon after this meeting Anna hears a scream. When she looks through her window at the Russells’ house, she cannot see Jane anymore, but instead another woman has taken her place.
Anna tries to inform the authorities and her therapist, but because she is more often than not drunk they dismiss her fears. Alistair tells the police she is hallucinating and that the woman never existed. However, Anna knows what she saw even though everybody around her is telling her otherwise.
Is Anna suffering from the ‘gaslighting’ effect? What happens next would give away spoilers. All I can say is that this book is is a must-read for fans of psychological suspense.