The Crescent Bookclub: “The Woman in the Window”

You know a book is amazing when you start reading it and don’t want to put it down. This is how I felt when I picked up “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn. I read a variety of genres, but psychological thrillers always end up being my favorite books. They’re fun page turners that always end with a good plot twist, and if this sounds like the type of book for you, look no further than Finn’s “The Woman in the Window”

Anna Fox is an agoraphobe; she fears leaving her house. She resides in a suburb outside New York City on a quiet street. To occupy her time inside, she finds herself obsessively watching her neighbors in their homes and passerbyers on the street through her windows, keeping track of their day to day schedules. 

Everything changes when a new family, the Russells, move into the house across the street. Fox, a former psychologist, befriends the Russells’ son, Ethan. Having worked with children professionally, she enjoys his occasional company when he stops by at her house. The story is narrated by Anna in the present tense, which gives the tale an even more ominous vibe as she quickly begins to feel that something is wrong. It’s hard to know is everything she says is true, given she is on medication for her agoraphobia, but as the mystery unravels, Anna will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it. 

Secrets are unveiled, drama pursues, and Anna witnesses something that will change her life forever. Imprisoned by the fears that lay outside her home and inside her head, Anna faces an ultimatum that results in an ending that will shake you to your core.

All in all, “The Woman in the Window” is currently one of my favorite books of the year and I recommend it to everyone looking for their next read. It encompasses a variety of layers that come together to produce a book you will not be able to put down.  Once you’ve finished, you can look forward to the movie being released in May 2020 starring Amy Adams and Julianne Moore. And if you can’t wait for May, check out this in-depth profile on A.J. Finn that eerily illustrates the author’s life and career that has been based on deceit. 

Hayley Meisel

About Hayley Meisel

Hayley Meisel is a writer and the editor of our NOLA 360 team, from Westchester, NY. As a Communications major and English minor, she loves to write and explore the city. In between that, you can find her eating white cheddar Cheetos or Vietnamese food.

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