Rear Window meets The Girl on the Train in thriller The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. A chilling psychological thriller about an agoraphobic woman convinced she’s seen a crime take place, the twisty-turny story brims with red herrings and doubts as it draws readers to a disturbing conclusion.
Here’s the 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?
Is Anna really seeing things or is she crazy, and ‘seeing things’? I won’t say I was entirely surprised by the conclusion – I had my suspicions early on – but I enjoyed the suspenseful ride the tale took me on. For thriller lovers, especially Hitchcock fans, this is worth checking out. Film rights have already been sold and a screenplay is in the works, so I’m expecting a movie version in the next couple of years. (HarperCollins, RRP $29.99 RRP)
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