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The Woman in the Window

In March, Fixed on Fiction met to discuss The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn-

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.

-Summary courtesy of Goodreads.

The Woman in the Window received mixed reviews with 6 thumbs up votes, 6 so-so votes, and 3 thumbs down. Here are some of the initial comments readers made while discussing this month’s selection:

  • Easy read, very thrilling. Would rather just watch the film version but it was OK. Entertaining.
  • I was entertained. Nothing came as a surprise to me at all. I’m a huge Hitchcock fan so it all felt a little too stolen from Rear Window.
  • I like just enjoying a good story and this was a good story. An easy read which I appreciate.
  • I hated it. Left it at 100 pages. I wanted nothing to do with a weak female narrator. I couldn’t believe the way she responded to Alistair when he barged into her home and asked if she had any visitors.
  • I made it farther than 100 pages but then I put it down. I found her way too irritating.
  • The audio version helped. I enjoyed the descriptive language, but the ending felt too contrived.
  • Very easy book to read- easy to pick up after leaving it for a while. I liked the descriptions of her thoughts.
  • Enjoyable. I was surprised her family was dead. I had a family member who suffered from agoraphobia so I was interested in the descriptions of her illness.
  • It felt like a Daphne du Maurier, which I enjoyed. There were so many great details or “nuggets” hidden within the story. And I was constantly asking questions…why didn’t she check up on David or anyone who would be living in her home?
  • I was left feeling like I had read this story before or seen it in a film. I also struggled with Anna.
  • Easy read. I was surprised about David as I had suspected him. And of course I wanted to slap the wine out of her hand!
  • I read it in two days. It kept my interest…but this is the fourth drunk female narrator we’ve read! It’s entertaining but you’re not coming away with anything insightful.
  • I think we’re being hard on Anna. Her behavior made sense once you knew what she went through and it was easy for me to be more forgiving of her. And I was very surprised that it was Ethan!

These are just a few of the thoughts shared during our meeting. Please feel free to leave additional comments on The Woman in the Window below.

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