The Woman in the Window: A Novel (Hardcover)
"Suffering from agoraphobia, Anna Fox spends her days indoors drinking too much wine, taking too many prescription drugs, watching classic noir films, while also watching her neighbors through the windows. One night, Anna witnesses a woman being murdered by her husband. However, she’s an unreliable witness as well as an unreliable narrator. Who will the police believe with no evidence? What are we to believe with Anna’s increasing paranoia, and the twists and turns that weave throughout her story? The writing is captivating, and the characters complex in this psychological thriller reminiscent of Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window.’ Best to read with a glass of merlot, and a classic black and white film playing in the background. Enjoy!"--Reviewed by Susan— From Susan Recommends
January 2018 Indie Next List
“The Woman in the Window is being touted as one of the hottest releases of early 2018, and with excellent reason. A modern take on Hitchcock's Rear Window, with many nods to classic noir film, A.J. Finn's debut novel is told through the eyes of a narrator trapped inside her beautiful house by a severe case of agoraphobia and separated from her estranged husband and young daughter. She copes with her condition by spying on her neighbors and living vicariously through their drama, until the night she witnesses what appears to be a murder and finds herself swept up in its wake. Once this story gets rolling, it will bowl you over. Fans of psychological thrillers should take note of this banger of a tale!”
— Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI
The #1 Instant New York Times Bestseller – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
“Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn
“Unputdownable.” —Stephen King
“A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware
“Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
About the Author
A. J. Finn has written for numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement (UK). A native of New York, Finn lived in England for ten years before returning to New York City.
“The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling.”
“The Woman in the Window is a tour de force. A twisting, twisted odyssey inside one woman’s mind, her illusions, delusions, reality. It left my own mind reeling and my heart pounding. An absolutely gripping thriller.”
“The rocket fuel propelling The Woman in the Window, the first stratosphere-ready mystery of 2018, is expertise. . . . Dear other books with unreliable narrators: This one will see you and raise you.”
“As the plot seizes us, the prose caresses us. . . [Finn] has not only captured, sympathetically, the interior life of a depressed person, but also written a riveting thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last sentence.”
“Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing....Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I’d love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles—I’ve got a lot of questions for her.”
“Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st century twist.”
“Compelling, wrenching, and gasp-for-breath exciting―I was blown away.”
“A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat.”
“The Woman in the Window is the most riveting thriller I’ve read since Gone Girl. A. J. Finn is a bold new talent with the touch of a master.”
“Finn’s debut lives up to the hype. . . . A riveting and mature first novel that stands out in a crowded genre.”
“Gripping, compelling, and utterly intriguing.”
“The Woman in the Window reads like a classic Hitchcock movie in novel form, in fact I was half expecting a cameo. Dripping with suspense. Creaking with menace. Beautifully written. There’s a lot of buzz around this book and every single bit of it is totally justified.”
“This is a wonderfully dark, elegant thriller, evocative of Hitchcock and classic noir. Tense, twisty and so beautifully written. . . . An absolute one-sitting read.”
“Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna’s past and what fresh hell is unfolding now.”
“[A] gripping first novel . . . genuinely surprising twists. . . . [R]eaders will eagerly turn the pages to see how it all turns out.”
“Full of suspense and surprises and told with heart, The Woman in the Window will send readers racing through its pages. A stunning first outing from A. J. Finn, a tremendous new talent.”
“The plot is very nearly airtight. . . . Finn never loses touch with the fear and insecurity of a woman who has suffered a great loss and feels alone in the world. . . . it’s not a book that you can easily put down.”
“[T]here’s something irresistible about this made-for-the-movies tingler. Finn knows how to pleasurably wind us up.”
“This is thriller writing of a new order.”
“[A] thrilling debut novel.”
“[I]nhalable . . . highly enjoyable.”
“Smart, suspenseful and cinematic.”
“A nifty premise. . . pulled off classily.”
“Part of the pleasure of this kind of book is in observing an effective formula well-executed. And The Woman in the Window executes the formula it’s set out for itself with as much panache as any mad scientist. This is a book you can eat like candy.”
“Woman in the Window is a modern-day Hitchcock film, and it’s just as good… It’s the perfect blend of past and present — just the book for thriller and horror fans, or anyone looking for a book they can’t put down.”
“Finn’s appreciable humor, remarkable diction and talent for storytelling make The Woman in the Windo a fly-through read for many as the race to uncover the truth takes a shocking turn.”
“Utterly addictive… You will read it in one night. It fizzes with excitement.”
“The author of this psychological thriller pulls the rug out from under us more than once. If it’s pure escapism you seek in a mystery, The Woman in the Window is just the ticket.”
“This novel was hard to tear myself away from, the poetic writing almost hypnotic. This is a book that stays with the reader long after the final page has been finished.”
“What debut novelist A. J. Finn does with The Woman in the Window is remarkable. He’s created a breathless, stunning twist-and-turn plot that cleverly relies on familiar scenarios, most of the Hitchcock kind, and builds the Hitchcock references into his own story.”
“[A]n edgy, intoxicating debut thriller… Already optioned to the movies, this book is a runaway bestseller – once you start it, you’re not likely to get a good night’s sleep!”
“This book defies description. After grabbing the reader’s attention with the first sentence, Finn does not let go until the very last syllable.”
“The surprise twists will keep you on edge and you won’t regret any loss of sleep.”
“Smart, suspenseful and cinematic”
“Masterfully plotted and vividly told, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW draws readers into the maze-like mind of a very solitary woman, and unravels the external circumstances that have made her who she is. Entrancing, immersive, and unsettling.”