The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn: A Book Review

When a book has a wait list of over 100 people at the public library, I know it should be good.

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I had to wait five months to read The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, and it was well worth the wait!

The story is about Anna, a child psychologist with a thriving practice who loses everything–her practice, her family, even her ability to go outside.  The reader learns that 10 months ago, Anna became agoraphobic.  What we don’t know is why she became agoraphobic or why she and her husband separated.

What we do learn is that Anna spends her days drinking too much wine (several bottles a day), not taking her prescribed medications, or taking them incorrectly, and spying on her neighbors.  In between, she offers her professional advice on a website for agoraphobics.

When the new neighbors, the Russells, move in, things are immediately different.  First, the Russells’ teenage son, Ethan, delivers a candle to Anna as a friendly gesture.  He opens up about his family and ends up crying in her home.

Then, Mrs. Russell stops by twice.  She is the first neighbor who has kept Anna company since she became agoraphobic, and Anna immediately likes her.  However, when Anna looks across to the Russell home a few nights later and believes that she sees Mrs. Russell being murdered, Anna’s world turns upside down.

This book reminds me of The Girl on the Train.  While I lost myself in The Woman in the Window immediately, the last 1/3rd of the book literally kept me up.  I stayed up past midnight to see what happened.

I highly recommend The Woman in the Window, even if you have to wait five months to get your hands on a copy.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


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