In “The Woman in the Window,” author A.J. Finn does not hide the fact that she’s brazenly copying the scenario from Hitchcock’s famous movie “Rear Window.” In fact, she celebrates this connection as the main character, Anna, is obsessed with classic, black and white films (including many Hitchcock movies) and watches them every night. However, in Finn’s version, Anna watches the neighbors through her windows as a traumatized, alcohol and pill-ridden agoraphobic – overlaying an unreliable narrative to this well-crafted thriller.
The reader is charged with two mysteries: the first, what happened to Anna and her family that led to her current house-bound situation? (Finn has deftly given Anna a psychology background to help her readers better understand the causes, characteristics, and treatments for Agoraphobia.) Second, who murdered Anna’s new friend in the house across the park? Anna sees the violent murder, but her state of mind and unusual situation make her less than believable to the authorities, and a gas-lighting target for the murderer.
One might wonder how a book about a woman stuck in her house could be interesting? Finn creates a memorable cast of characters parading through the home, giving the reader a few possible suspects, as well as some good opportunities to feel protective over the traumatized Anna.
In the genre of psychological thrillers, Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” has definitely succeeded. And, her book may soon become a movie (my opinion) Alfred Hitchcock would certainly have enjoyed.
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