I’m a little late on my March Wrap up, but here we are! Woman in theWindow was my 5th or 6th read this month (I lost count) and it was totally unexpected! I normally wait until books come out in paperback edition to read them, since I’m a poor college kid and I need to cut the costs where I can! Though it looked really interesting, I actually won this book in a giveaway on Instagram ( go follow @writing_fun for more giveaways, they do them often and it’s WONDERFUL!)
So anyway, I was really intrigued by this thriller and as you all know, after reading SINNER (if you haven’t checked out my review give it a look:Book Review with Saturday_Nite_Reader: Sinner by Christopher Graves ) I got really interested in them! So this book looked like a fantastic read to me. Here’s the blurb on the back:
“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 neighbors. 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?”
Here are my thoughts, in list order!
3 things I liked about this book:
Well developed characters
I really appreciated how well Finn could give a character backstory without being too explicit. Especially in the case of the Russells, Finn does a great job of giving us information about our characters through the plot and not through exposition. I also liked the unreliable narrator use here, though I do sometimes feel it can be overused.
Mental Illness Representation
Ok. So I could write a whole essay about this one, because it’s really bittersweet for me. I appreciate that in 2018, we’re finally getting diverse heroines. I really liked how this book tackled mental health stigma through Anna’s struggle with validation from the police, from her friends, and from the Russells. And I really, really liked how this book portrayed Anna’s eventual redemption. However, (and I won’t reveal the spoilers!) The ending did NOT sit well with me. Something to do with using mental illness as a way to further a plot twist. If you’ve read it, I’m alluding to the skylight incident. Definitely wasn’t a fan, and I think it’s because this book did so well portraying the need for validation and support for mental illness, but I felt like that work was all for nothing once Finn villianzed a character using mental health.
I don’t know, that’s just my spin on it. I was certainly surprised and it was a great twist, for what it was worth.
I’m not too much of a movie buff, but I loved the movie and art references in this novel. Anna is a huge fan of cinema, so be prepared for that! It’s really endearing and (for the most part) cleverly used to further the themes/foreshadow in the book.
One Thing I didn’t Like
It Was Fairly Predictable
Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful story. While this book did a great job in providing a character study of mental illness, there was a lot of predictable dialogue and plot points. Most of the mystery portion of this novel is pretty basic, and it’s certainly not its strength. There are a few plot twists that blew me away, but outside of them it was a pretty standard and predictable read.
OVERALL, I still give this book 5/5. Definitely a good psychological thriller!