The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

Book - 2018
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"Anna Fox lives alone--a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble--and its shocking secrets are laid bare."--
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780062678416
0062678418
Branch Call Number: FIC FINN 2018
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 24 cm

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Yoo_hoo5
Feb 18, 2018

I couldn’t get through this book. It had too much of a “Girl on the Train” vibe. Too overdone. Plus, the main character, Anna, was so sarcastic. It just wasn’t a pleasant read

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Bmb13
Feb 15, 2018

Although stunningly written, I have nothing positive to say about yet another novel that capitalizes on perpetuating stigma.

Beatricksy Feb 14, 2018

I'm tired of thrillers using the unreliability of its female narrators to tell a tale. Girl on the Train, Women in Cabin 10, The Breakdown.... I've seen this identical story too many times. It's exhaustively trying to ride on the pitted and broken tracks created by Gone Girl. Our leading lady's agoraphobia was compellingly unique, but it made for a very slow thriller where she mostly sits and waits for the plot to happen to her. The plot twists felt too improbable to be valuable--and worse, sometimes the characters are plain silly. "Oh! Someone was spying on me with a camera out her window! Guess I'll take her a bottle of wine and play chess with her for two hours." Whyyy. The villain monologue is horribly egregious and could easily have come from the mouth of a James Bond antagonist laying out the whole plot for us poor dumb readers who couldn't pick up a clue if it was glued to our hands. I found it insulting, all the more so because of all the praise and hype it's gained. I might be a fusspot who hates fun, but I find this to be substanceless and unoriginal. Like chewing on the cereal box rather than eating the cereal.

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dougballenger
Feb 09, 2018

Smooth, intelligent narrative conjures colorful images to keep the reader's own voyeurism and nervous ticks on high alert. Suspense, thrills, some emotional ambushing and enough humor to enthrall from the first page to the last. Written to be read quickly.

"Sorry, Wrong Number" meets "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" with a smidge of "Gaslight" and a smattering of "The Lady Vanishes."

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RobertC65
Feb 08, 2018

Brilliant and suspenseful! I just finished this amazing novel and was intrigued with the ever-changing plot and the unique characters. From the perspective of the story, I could see this adapted as a play and even a great film. Greatness!!!

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Ponto1
Feb 06, 2018

With twists and turns - some expected, some not - this proved to be an entertaining and fast paced read.

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star2014
Feb 05, 2018

'I usually don't read bestsellers, but I am glad I picked this book up. Full of suspense with twists and turns, this novel will grab onto you and not let go . I look forward to future books by this talented author.
Side note: make sure to read the novel before the movie is released.

CatherineG_1 Jan 28, 2018

Woman in the Window is being promoted as the book of the year. An agoraphobic woman, Anna is trapped in her house. She loves watching old black and white Alfred Hitchcock movies. Her other hobby is watching her neighbours through her window. As Anna struggles with her own problems, she becomes involved in the lives of another family down the street. One mystery leads to another in this thriller. As soon as you think you have solved one part of the puzzle another twist presents, itself.
A fast read!

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coroboreefarm
Jan 24, 2018

I often find that books this wildly touted as wonderful across all social media platforms, do not live up to their hype. This debut thriller however, is just as riveting, suspenseful and intense as it is purported to be. It is very cinematic, in the genre of Hitchcock film noir, reminiscent particularly of Rear Window, and I found myself picturing scenes in black and white as I read. An unreliable narrator, faulty memories, alcoholism, and agoraphobia all contribute to intensifying a dark and twisty plot. This one is well worth a read for those who enjoyed The Woman in Cabin Ten, In a Dark, Dark Woods and Gone Girl.

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becker
Jan 24, 2018

The concept is interesting but I found it a bit on the slow side for a thriller.

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