“The Woman in the Window”: a must-read before watching the film

the woman in the window

The Woman in the Window

by A.J Finn

My rating: 4 stars

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, and 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.

woman in the window

Reading experience?

The beginning was slow-paced but not to the point were reading felt like a chore or to the point where I didn’t want to read anymore. 

This novel started to becomes a brilliant and addictive page-turner once I began reading chapter 24 (yeah, really specific because everything takes off after this point). The last few chapters were the BEST and up until then it was when I realized how crucial the beginning was. 

AND Yes, “no one—and nothing—is what it seems”. 

Publisher: William Morrow (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Publication date: January 2nd, 2018

Genre: psychological thriller, suspense, thriller

Generic title?

I know I shouldn’t  “judge a book by its cover” but I am actually drawn by an interesting/beautiful book cover (don’t judge me). The thing with this novel is that I actually liked the book cover but it was because of the generic title that I didn’t buy the novel when it was first published. It was until I read the synopsis that “The woman in the window” interested me.  

Unreliable narrator?

This is definitely one of the best parts about this book. The fact that Anna is agoraphobic is NOT the reason why she is unreliable. 

There are just so many things that keep on happening that literally scream DON’T TRUST HER. However, since this thriller is written from a 1st person POV, everything that Anna feels, thinks and the way that she acts, is screaming TRUST ME. 

Also, there are SO MANY other unreliable characters too, so they did a very bad job at helping me decide if Anna should be trusted or not. 

Let me explain…

There were parts where I just felt so sorry for Anna and there were also parts where I just felt angry at her. AND there were definitely some parts where I just felt scared and anxious for her.

Honestly, it was such a rollercoaster of emotions with this character. Because of this I think that she was the perfect narrator for this novel.


The first 100 pages. The pace was slow and there were just “ordinary” things happening. I honestly can’t say what those first 100 pages had that kept me on reading. At one point I thought that it was going to be like reading those novels where the only interesting part happens at the very end. I’m glad that it was not because I probably wouldn’t have finished it. 

Side note: Many people were comparing “The Woman in the Window” with “The Woman in Cabin 10” or “The Girl on the Train” complaining that is was the same idea. Is it because of the unreliable narrator? I haven’t read either of those 2 books so I can’t compare. 

Plot twist?

It was A SINGLE WORD that gave me chills. I’m not kidding. The actual “truth” was so creepy and so sad and so unexpected. The theories that I had were so far away from the actual truth and I would have never guessed it. I really enjoyed that at one point I was being bombarded with plot twists. There were so many things going on but at the same time it all made sense. 

I don’t know a single person that has read this novel that was expecting THAT plot twist.

Page Turner?

Yes. Characters get more intriguing as the story unfolds and there are just so many questions that HAVE to be answered. 

The Only Recommendation I have: read the book before the film is released!

I can totally see this novel as a movie. Also, the cast is great! 

I love films so, if Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Anthony Mackie are in the same movie, I will definitely watch it. 

Now, because of everything that’s happening I don’t know when the movie comes out. The release date was May 15th, 2020 but I highly doubt that this will actually happen. 


Your Thoughts:

Have you read The Woman in the Window

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  1. Konna @ The Reading Armchair

    I’ve been meaning to read this and I’m glad that it’s so intense! I must get to it as soon as possible 🙂

    • val @behindthatstory

      yesss I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did ?

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