Review: The Woman in the Window
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, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
Unpopular opinion here but I was underwhelmed by this book. I was expecting something more edgy and twisty but what I ended up getting was an easy-to-predict, disappointing slow burn. It was easy to read and had me quickly turning the pages but it did take me a little while to get used to the writing style.
I found Anna, the narrator to actually be quite annoying. She has an alcohol abuse + opioid abuse problem on top of being agoraphobic. She's a hot mess and never redeems herself or has any sense of character growth (unless you count the last 3 pages of the book, which frankly, I don't) which is SO frustrating, especially after investing myself and my time in 100 chapters. Although the story tries to shock you with that first twist as to why she's the way she is, it didn't succeed for me because it was extremely obvious as to what that "shock factor" plot twist was going to be about 15% of the way through. The second plot twist wasn't *really* a plot twist either, and the third plot twist, which was meant to be the big reveal, was just....predictable and okay. Surprisingly I found myself even more annoyed and almost bored by the end of it. Maybe I just have higher standards for thrillers and expect for my mind to be blown in various different creative ways via plot twists but I was disappointed by this. I was expecting more since this book had such high praise, but anyway, on to the next!