September 25, 2018
Dear Mr. Hemingway,
Can you see your neighbors when you look out your window? I can, but it is not particularly entertaining. They mow their lawns, start their grills, play with their dogs, and shoot hoops with their kids. Imagine if one day when you glanced out your window, you saw someone being murdered in your neighbor’s house! Keep that thought in mind while I set you up for your next big read.
Suspense and thrill-seekers are going to enjoy A.J. Finn’s debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Without giving too much away, Anna Fox is a child psychologist living alone in her New York City brownstone (not counting her tenant who rents out her basement). She suffers from extreme agoraphobia and hasn’t left her home in TEN MONTHS. She spends her days washing down her prescribed medications with a bottle or two of wine, watching old movies, and casually spying on her neighbors through her window (I mean, what else is she going to do?). One night, while peeking out of her window, Anna sees someone stabbed inside her neighbor’s house. What should she do? How can she help (remember, she doesn’t leave her house)? Who should she call? Was this real or just a figment of her drunk imagination? Will anyone believe her? Can she trust her own memory? Beware, the atmosphere of this story is thick with anxiety.
Anna’s daily struggle with mental illness doesn’t leave much to the imagination. With each page read, however, there is a strong desire to want to know how this all came about. Anna keeps herself and readers guessing whether her memories are real or imagined. This isn’t hard for her to do while under the influence of a concoction of pills and wine throughout the majority of the book. The story starts off at a leisurely pace. Once you get the lay of the land, it starts to unravel into quite the suspenseful and gripping read. Do not be alarmed if your head is spinning and you feel like your mind is playing tricks on you while reading. It is merely a reflection of how magnificent a writer A.J. Finn really is. My final warning…plan on staying up until the wee hours of the night with this little gem. It will not disappoint.
Until Next time Sir!
Your Biggest Fan,
P.S. I kid you not, this is being adapted for the big screen starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman.