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Publisher's Summary

What did she see?

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

©2018 A. J. Finn, Inc. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." (Gillian Flynn)
"Twisted to the power of max." (Val McDermid)
"A dark, twisty confection." (Ruth Ware)

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not a fan

Slow, too much insignificant detail, anti climax. Anna left me frustrated and I found myself skipping through just to avoid the overly dramatic scenes.

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Quite dissapointing

Would you try another book written by A. J. Finn or narrated by Ann Marie Lee?

I really didn't like this book at all. I am sure some people will love it. It is well written and the performance great but a very boring story. In fact, I couldn't even finish it.

Has The Woman in the Window put you off other books in this genre?

yes

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ann Marie Lee was doing a good job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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Really good but

I thought the plot was good, the twists and turns were excellent, certainly kept you guessing right up till the last few chapters. The only thing I can fault is the thoughts in Anna’s head sometimes waffles on abit. I got abit bored listening to how her ears raged, her heart beats etc, just get to the good bit ffs. Other than that, great, loved it

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Great read

This book had me looking for opportunities to listen. The plot was gripping and I loved it.

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not bad

Not bad for a first time author. it went on a bit too long in parts and I picked the "twists" early on. An interesting protagonist though. perhaps i didnt appreciate the film analogies due to not having an interest in those films. well read.

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Over hyped

Ugh. Where do I start? Okay… Good stuff. Our heroine, child psychologist Doctor Anna Fox, has agoraphobia which means she cannot go outside her house without having a panic attack. Anna’s condition creates an atmosphere of isolation (always a great trope in thrillers) without actually placing her in the snowbound cabin in the woods. The writer also gives Anna a background that would credibly give her the phobia. Anna’s days, isolated in her own house, are spent talking to others with agoraphobia online, playing chess (also online), and watching old black and white crime/mystery movies. Oh, and she also pops pills like lollies, drinks copious amounts of wine, and photographs her neighbours without their permission. The movie references are great. Anna basically solves most of the mystery plot by rewatching scenes from her favourites. AJ Finn overall borrows heavily from the plots of the movies Anna watches, especially Rear Window, Vertigo, Shadow of a Doubt and Gaslight. Now… Less than good stuff. The plot twists were obvious. There’s two major ones, I suppose you’d say, and I guessed them both by the first third of the book at least. *yawn* Talking of yawning… The next thing I have to complain about is Finn’s annoying habit of making objects make weird sounds with his tags. Every window and door, for example, ‘yawned’. It felt clever in the first couple of chapters but after that it just got on my nerves. Less is more. Next complaint is about the romantic subplot. Or lack thereof. I could tell the writer was a man from the gratuitous sex scenes which were not only oddly placed and paced, there was actually zero need for them. Awful, awful, awful. My final whinge is the length of the book. I might have had more love for the book if it was half its size. Really, there is no way this book should be so long. There are patches where nothing happens or, alternatively, places where it felt like Anna/Finn was repeating themselves over and over. Scene after scene of boring dialogue and/or Anna’s thoughts. I know enough about sleeping pills to even be tempted to take one just to numb myself from the tedious patches of writing. If I'd been editing, I’d had advised cutting the book size. I suppose, overall, the book is readable and I can imagine it will make a good movie. But it’s nothing original and the writing style was not the best. I would probably not rush out to read Finn’s next offering. 2 out of 5

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the woman in the window

enjoyed this book so much, i loved the twists and how well the main character was portrayed. the narrator is brilliant and added to the suspense of the novel. highly recommended

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Annoying is an understatement

The story was good but the slow pace of the narrator and the over descriptive language used drove me totally crazy!!!!

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Slow burner but worth it.

Early on it was very slow, but the descriptions of her cosy movie watching and wine drinking life were enough to keep me hooked. Lots of twists I didn’t see coming.

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Brilliant

What started as a low simmer, escalated to a slow burn before finishing with an explosion! It was like reading a black and white Hitchcock movie - it was brilliant! Loved the narration - at times annoying like a slow moving train, at others, rich and velvety and vivid but always compelling.

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  • Richard Calkin
  • 02-02-2018

How disappointing!

I give up - I simply can’t finish this book it’s that bad. I was so looking forward to it but here we are at Chapter 34 and still pretty much nothing has happened. Don’t bother.

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  • Julie Fraser
  • 24-03-2018

I hoped the psychopath would win

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Toning down the histrionics of the narrator for a start. Closely followed by removing at least 80% of the totally unnecessary and floral verbiage. It was like Gerald Durrell on steroids and not nearly as entertaining.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a best seller for sure

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Marie Lee’s performances?

Not if I was offered it freely

What character would you cut from The Woman in the Window?

Sadly, the narrator

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  • Philip
  • 15-01-2019

Great thriller

At Points it felt hard to understand where exactly the story might be going yet it oddly still managed to keep the readers attention. So when it culminated in a great twist it just made the read totally worth while.

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  • jules
  • 02-08-2020

What a novel!

I simply loved the plot and twists in this novel. It’s very unexpected and exciting! The narrator has a beautiful calm voice to listen to and is very good at accents. Best way to clean my house! Thank you for this gem.

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  • Pierre
  • 26-02-2020

Credit To Thr Narrator

Although I enjoyed this book, I feel that a lot of credit should go to the narrator. Thanks to her “performance” I was kept on the edge of my seat and I felt like I was there myself. That is often not the cause with audiobooks. I enjoyed the character of Anna. She’s flawed and imperfect and I generally enjoy that in a character. I found her relatable. I look forward to seeing what this author has in store next.

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  • Adil R
  • 01-09-2019

I honestly tried, but this is numbingly boring

The story meanders and doesn't really go anywhere. An absolute waste of time in my opinion. I made it past the half way mark, so I really tried giving this book a chance

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  • Claudia N.
  • 09-04-2019

Woah what a book!

I really enjoyed this novel! Many OMG moments in this one... or WTF really! Highly recommended if you are a fan of psychological thrillers! I also love the narration carried out incredibly by Ann Marie Lee!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2019

Exhilarating, Thrilling, Amazing

Anna Fox is truly a masterpiece in this book. It's my first time hearing about someone who has extreme agoraphobia. Anna is definitely cynosure of this show. We find out about what led her to this confined life. Her voice and feelings are strong. Readers truly empathize for her. A child psychologist, who suffered a breakdown but now inadequate to the four corners of her house. She believes that her husband and child live separately from her. The internet becomes her fortress and medium in her day to day contact with different professionals and people with same malady as her. Leading a very sad and narrow life, we completely understand Anna’s feelings of helplessness and self-loathing. One day, Anna witnesses a murder from her window. The only problem is that no one believes her. She takes a cocktail of drugs for her medical condition and has been self medicating with alcohol. Anna is considered unreliable and unstable by the police. With no evidence and only gut instinct to go on, Anna sets about proving everybody wrong and trying to solve an impossible murder. One of the highlights of the drama is the perfect pace and the believability of the plot. Slowly we understand Anna and her tortured psyche. It is very frustrating at times seeing Anna self medicate and get lost in drugs, instead of getting herself together and solving the crime. It is all very convincing and plausible. I absolutely adored links to the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock. The author expertly gives us an updated version of Rear Window, the 1954 Hitchcock classic. He quotes from various old movies, as the story progresses. Wonderful. I fully appreciated that. He has done a very fine job. I would recommend this audible version to everyone! Ann Marie Lee also gives justice in narrating this book. She has a very strong understanding of Anna's feelings and struggles. I enjoyed every inch of this audible book. Way to go audible!

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  • Justin Z.
  • 28-01-2019

Decent psychothriller dogged by irritating protagonist

It’s a formulaic thriller reminiscent of noir films like Vertigo, with a twist that is a little predictable. The first reveal is rather transparent but gets dragged out far too long. The protagonist however is the real problem- she is conceived as a hapless yet hubristic wreck and Lee really gets her voice right: thirteen hours of dragging self-pitying helplessness until she finds her fortitude right at the last.

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  • Juuso
  • 24-11-2018

Okay thriller, I didn’t like the narrator

Not the best books I’ve ridden. There’s not much happening in the first half of the book in my opininion. Second half was good. But the biggest problem for me was that I didn’t like the narrator at all. She was acting too much instead of just reading the book vividly like good narrator does.

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  • S. Christie
  • 01-07-2018

Dull and uninteresting

Couldn’ get into this book at all. Too slow and uninteresting.. didn’t like the narration either found the American accent difficult to understand.Gave up after 8 chapters and have returned.. .

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  • Helen W.
  • 19-02-2018

Way, Way, Way too long

The level of detail was too much. The semi hysterical ramblings of Anna were wearing and eventually boring. The narrator sounded too old to be the main character.The prolonged level of tension was exhausting.i just wanted it to be over

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  • sophie
  • 13-06-2018

boring

bored after chapter 11 took a hole 3 minutes to describe walking down stairs, found i was more intrested in my surroundings tgen this

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  • Mandie
  • 24-07-2018

Boring, repetitive and book never gets going

After listening to the first 10 chapters, the narrative of most of it could be removed and no-one would notice, I re-read the reviews to see why I had thought this would be a good book to download. A number of people had said it took a long time for the book to get going properly, so I persevered for another 10 chapters. I can't listen any longer the book has waffled on for 20 chapters and most of what has been written is irrelevant to the story and some is very, very annoying, especially when the dialog is between people on email/messenger where every single sentence is started with the name of the person writing the line ie the doctor is in. ended up having to fast forward past many sections and after getting to chapter 21 and the actual story hasn't yet started, I have given up and returned. The narrator was very good and I would definitely listen to something else read by Ann Marie Lee, but can't listen any longer to this one

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  • R A Oates
  • 10-05-2018

Dreadfully slow

Given all the hype around this one, and being on a waiting list to listen to it when it came out, this is just way too slow a pace to keep going. It is 13 hours of listening in all and I'm giving up after 5. There is just nothing going on here. The book is well narrated for audio and the writing itself is of a high standard but the story itself is just drifting aimlessly for hours. Very disappointing.

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  • Heather
  • 06-02-2018

Best Listen so Far!

What did you like most about The Woman in the Window?

It was so different to all the other so called psychological thrillers that are around at the moment and kept me riveted! I was hooked and kept listening to it through the night and could feel this woman's pain. The characters were real to me, flawed and tormented.Set amost all in one house, it was claustrophobic, atmospheric, giving a feel for Anna's agarophobia, her fears and her bravery.

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This book is brilliantly narrated by Ann Marie. She has exactly the right voice for Anna, a woman haunted by her past, trapped by her mistakes, struggling to surface and full of self doubt.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't want to switch off!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the references to some old films enjoyed by Anna such as Gaslight and Rear Window, which are also my favourites. Hitchcock could have done a good job on this book! More please!

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  • Rachael Williams
  • 17-05-2018

Pretty bland

Simple story and unnecessarily long. Struggled through it. Narrator not bad but any voice will become monotonous after that long

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  • Catherine
  • 29-03-2018

Awful

The story telling seemed very artificial. There was no suspense and I couldn't find anything to like in any of the characters. I would avoid anything else by the author or narrator.I have given 1 star rating as unable to leave 0.

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  • Claire
  • 21-02-2018

Definitely worth a listen!!

It took be about 10 chapters to get into this book because it felt like the narration was a bit dreary and nothing was really happening. I urge you to persevere if you have the same thoughts. It is a cracking book, it isn't an 'on the edge of your seat' kind of thriller but would definitely recommend a listen.

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  • CW
  • 04-06-2018

Predictable

I felt that the story was very predictable. The twist was no surprise. . .

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