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#bookreview: The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

Blurb:

What did she see?It’s been ten 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?

EDIE Review:

This was a book that I listened to on audio and I think the voice artist who read for the main character part did well to create the desperation and fear that Anna, the main character, faced.
The story follows Anna who is agoraphobic, meaning she cannot go outside. This is explored very well and it is clear that the author has done the research. I think the frustration and fear from suffering with a psychological condition such as agoraphobia was portrayed very well and really made the story believable.

There were elements of the story that were a little predictable and I saw them coming, but even still, I enjoyed reading about it. The cast of supporting characters are great, I loved that I got to know others well, even though she didn’t leave the house. I think the author does well to make the reader believe that they know all the characters well, but a few curve-balls are thrown in when people start to reveal who they really are.

I constantly tried to guess the conclusion, but didn’t quite get it right – although elements of my predictions were right. Even though the book is mainly set in the house, I didn’t feel like I wasn’t exploring other settings. It was enough just to be in those four walls.

There was plenty of action to keep the story moving forward with some flashbacks to times with her family. Having the online consultant sections were nice as they broke up the text and presented a different part of Anna’s character without taking away from the story. I really felt for her.

With a shocking twist that made me gasp and fast paced scenes as the end came closer, this book is worth a read.

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