Book Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I saw all the rave reviews and Stephen King giving this book the thumbs up I bought it right away. But I confess I’m a little disappointed (not because it’s a terrible book) it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It took me ages to get into the story and [again] if it wasn’t for Stephen King’s ‘unputdownable‘ on the front cover I probably would have tossed it aside before I reached 1/5.

Being a psychological thriller it has all the suspense and plot twists you’d expect. There were some surprises of course and for a time it did really have me in it’s grip, but overall I found the protagonist very similar to The Girl On the Train (boozed up chick, not sure what’s real and what isn’t). Actually I found the whole alcohol thing a little implausible.

Like can someone drink drink 4+ bottles of wine and then play a decent game of chess or be able to distinguish clear details of what’s happening in a room across the street at night? Add to that a bucketload of medication with memory loss as a side-affect, chances are they wouldn’t remember anything after the 2nd or 3rd glass. So for me, the plausibility of how much Anna was drinking/medicating and still functioning/rationalising kept pulling me out of the story.

The book had a lot of good points though, the chic references to Hitchcock thrillers and their cinematic sirens, and pouring out the protagonist’s back story sip by sip. Kudos to Finn for a cool debut novel, but I’m glad I didn’t pay more for than $2.99 for it.

Click here to read it for yourself, I’d love to know if the plot twists left you puzzled or if you saw through all of them. Also do think I’m being a bit too picky about the boozy lady?

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