‘One of those rare books that really is unputdownable’ Stephen King
‘A dark, twisty confection’ Ruth Ware
What did she see?
It’s been ten 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?
Hailed as “The biggest thriller of 2018” and “The next Girl on the Train” I feel a bit late to the party with this book which was published way back in January, so I’m only 6 months late!! I managed to stay away from reading any reviews so I didn’t see any spoilers and with the statements made about the book from authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware plus the proclamation of being the biggest thriller this year, that is a serious amount to live up to for anyone, Especially a debut novel!
So even though it has taken me six months to get around to reading it (even though I purchased it on release day!) I was really looking forward to reading it and now in hindsight I think maybe I had too higher hopes and expectations for this book and that is why it fell slightly flat for me 😦
I almost gave up on it more than once, I found the beginning very slow and it just didn’t managed to grab and keep my attention so it took me a few days to reach the half way mark. I really don’t like giving up on a book so I’m glad my stubbornness kept me going as the second half of the book is so much better and it ends much better than it starts!
The ‘massive twist’ is pretty obvious from early on which was a big disappointment, but there is a good ‘twist’ at the end that made the book for me. Obviously I can’t say much else on that without spoilers and I wouldn’t want to do that to anyone and spoil the surprise!
So all in all, was it as good as the hype? Sadly No. Was it worth a read? Definitely Yes. Would I recommend this book to others? Hell Yeah! It might not be “THE” biggest thriller of the year but it will be 1 of the higher rankings come the end of the year. I am glad I read it and I look forward to watching the film adaptation when it is out. And I have a feeling that in this instance the film may well end up being better than the book! But make sure you read this book BEFORE watching the film!!!
The Woman in the Window was published in the UK on the 25 Jan. 2018 and be purchased now from