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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

I have found myself drawn to the psychological thrillers lately. Maybe because it puts things in perspective: it could always be worse within the pages of a Hitchcockian psychological thriller.
The woman in the window is herself a psychologist afraid of the world. Practicing her profession via the internet, Anna Fox has little interaction with the outside world apart from what she sees when she peers through her window: The apartment maintenance man who occasionally needs access to her place, other tenants, and the families who stroll through the courtyard on their routes to or fro.
Anna attends to her own therapy over the web, often requesting prescriptions to quelch her anxiety or to aid her in achieving a full night's sleep. She is paranoid. She is secluded from the world. She has created stories behind the people that she sees passing by her window; a sort of television program. She may even establish non-realistic relationships with them.
Did she really just receive a call from the neighbor boy? Did she witness a stranger peering into her neighbor's home?
She could be hallucinating. She could have been drugged. Has someone entered her place? Who other than the maintenance man could have gained access to the safe haven of her apartment?
This story plays on the modern state of psychology. Over-diagnoses, over-medicating, drugs that when combined with other regular chemicals could result in hallucinations. Etc. But, the police have had enough
of her claims. They know she's highly medicated and that she often drinks too much wine, resulting in undesired side effects.
This is flying off the shelves, or rather out the window.

— Alex Byron

Dr. Anna Fox was a children psychiatrist until she developed a severe condition of agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces, leaving her imprisoned in her own home, afraid of leaving and going out into the world. With not a lot to do, she loves spending her days watching noir films, playing games of chess online, and drinking many bottles of wine. To satisfy her want to connect with the outside world, she likes to look at her neighbors through the lens of her camera.

When the Russell family moves in across the street, it reminds Anna of her estranged husband, Ed, and her daughter, Olivia. One night she sees something devastating happen at the Russell’s house, something she shouldn’t have seen, and it leads her to ask the question: “Is it paranoia if it is actually happening?”

A.J. Finn’s debut novel is a thrilling story that gives you something familiar, then throws you a curve ball, with wild twists occurring throughout the book! “The Woman in the Window” is a guarantee to be one of 2018’s best mystery/thriller novels!

— From Devin

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.

Praise For…

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.”
— Stephen King

“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.”
New York Times Book Review

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.”
— Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

 “There’s something irresistible about this made-for-the-movies tingler. Finn knows how to pleasurably wind us up.”
USA Today

New Yorker

“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.”
Washington Post

“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.”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn

“Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st century twist.”
— Bestselling author Val McDermid

Compelling, wrenching, and gasp-for-breath exciting―I was blown away.”
— #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill

A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat.”
New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware

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.”
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

“Finn’s debut lives up to the hype. . . . A riveting and mature first novel that stands out in a crowded genre.”
Library Journal [starred review]

“Gripping, compelling, and utterly intriguing.”
Liz Nugent, author of the 2017 BEA “Buzz Book” Unraveling Oliver

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.”
Simon Toyne, bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy

“This is a wonderfully dark, elegant thriller, evocative of Hitchcock and classic noir. Tense, twisty and so beautifully written. . . . An absolute one-sitting read.”
C. J. Tudor, author of the forthcoming thriller The Chalk Man

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.”
Kirkus Reviews

[A] gripping first novel . . . genuinely surprising twists. . . . [R]eaders will eagerly turn the pages to see how it all turns out.”
Publishers Weekly

“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.”
— Jane Harper, New York Times bestsellling author of The Dry

“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.”
Chicago Tribune

“This is thriller writing of a new order.”
Daily Mail (UK)

“[A] thrilling debut novel.”
Wall Street Journal

“[I]nhalable . . . highly enjoyable.”

“Smart, suspenseful and cinematic.”
AARP Magazine

“An astounding debut from a truly talented writer.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“A nifty premise. . . pulled off classily.”
The Guardian

“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.”
Deseret News

“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.”
Daily Mississippian

“Gripping and mesmerizing.”
— RT Book Reviews

“Utterly addictive… You will read it in one night. It fizzes with excitement.”
South Coast Today

“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.”
The Missourian

“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.”
Crimespree Magazine

“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.”
WSHU Public Radio

“[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!”
Lansing State Journal

“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.”
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

“Smart, suspenseful and cinematic”
Houston Chronicle

“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.”
Crime By the Book

“The twists in this book are praiseworthy and the writing is a delight.”
Wicked Local North Shore Notes

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062678416
ISBN-10: 0062678418
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 448
Language: English

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