(ONE TO WATCH FOR): The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn (5 out of 5)

Yeah, it can’t be paranoia if it’s really happening. In this case, the really happening part was referring to my exclamations at the end of every single chapter. I was nearing the end of it while on break at work yesterday, and I was trying to finish the last chapter. To those customers and my coworker Dan, I just have to apologize for all of the theatrics. Definitely necessary! I had to process the book for a day before I wrote this. I was- still am!- afraid to give something away. There are a multitude of twists that are stunning. I had no fucking idea what was going to happen next. I’m still stunned by the end. It really isn’t just using the Hitchcockian influence in the lead character’s favorite pastime, it IS a way of life in the garden of plot device. There were so many things that could have gone wrong. Instead, they went right. As far as the plot, that is. A shiny, happy book? Not by any imagination. Well written, meticulously thought out AND executed? Absolutely. The book isn’t out until January 18, 2018, and is being brought to us by William R. Morrow. The story behind the story is that this manuscript sparked the mother of all hot bids for the rights to the book. Morrow won, and yes, a movie is in the works as well. Everyone is excitedly awaiting this book. After reading it in less than a day, I see why. The anticipation is well worth the wait. 

Anna is a former child therapist living in a prison of her own making, inside a big and pretty empty house (she has a tenant, but he does his own thing). She’s separated from her husband and their daughter is living with him. Their contact is sporadic, and Anna isn’t doing too hot herself. She’s on all kinds of psychiatric meds and washing them down with sometimes entire bottles of Merlot. She spies on her neighbors and takes photos of them. One day she opens up her door to a young man named Ethan Russell, a seemingly shy but polite young man with whom she strikes up quite a rapport. Later on, the boy’s mother Jane comes by and she and Anna bond, drink a lot, play chess, and vow to meet up again soon. Her husband Alistair comes by and demands to know if his wife and/or son had visited. She tries to cover, but Alistair seems to not believe her. Later on, in a quiet moment, Anna hears a woman scream and looks over to see Jane stumbling through her living room, stabbed in the chest. She sees Jane collapse, and she calls the police, who take her word at first and then seem to discount her story completely when they call Alistair over and he discredits her story and produces a woman who is NOT the Jane that Anna struck up the friendship with. What the hell? Get ready, reader. You will cite that often. But again, not in a frustrated way. More in an inquisitive manner, as you try to figure out the different puzzles our author is throwing at us to decipher. There are things that I am still figuring out today! I think it will be one of those books where shit is still going to be creeping up your trellis weeks after you finish it. Just a strong hunch. This is definitely a high contender for best psychological suspense of 2018. Remember, kids. January 2018. Put it in your electronic calendar right now. 

~ by generationgbooks on June 5, 2017.

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