A good psychological thriller with twists and a few surprises.  Suspensful and fast-paced.   The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn - #thriller, #reading, #books to read, #books

The Woman In The Window

By A.J. Flynn

PBR Book Review:

A I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller. Anna suffers from severe acrophobia. She spends her days looking out the window, peeking into windows and taking pictures of her neighbors. She also visits online chat rooms, drinks way too much Merlot and take pills, all to dull the pain of a past that haunts her.

One night, while spying on her neighbors, Anna is sure she sees an act of violence. But others doubt her, and Anna’s already small world and shaky mental stability start to unravel. Things quickly get complicated as the truth becomes known and Anna's past is slowly revealed. The author also keeps the chapters short which makes for a nicely paced page-turner. Recommend.
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*Discussion Questions

1. Anna has agoraphobia and an alcohol problem. She also pops pills. Do you think this is the reason she is not a reliable narrator? And because of this, did it make you doubt that she was witness to a murder? And why do you think the author made her so flawed?

2. Why do you think Anna was so obsessed with her neighbors? Do you think it was more than loneliness or curiosity? Was it a way for her to connect to the outside world?

4. Did your opinion of Anna change as the book progressed? How? Talk about the fact that Anna is a child psychologist and yet can't seem to get control of her life.

4. Did you believe Anna when she acted as if her husband and daughter were still alive or were you surprised to find out the truth?

5. How do you think the author handled grief and some of the other themes like depression and anxiety?

6. The book is written by a man with a female narrator. How do you think this author did with the female perspective?

7. The author dropped a lot of red herrings to try and keep the reader guessing. Did they work for you or did you see through them? Do you think they added value to the book? Talk about some of them.

8. Talk about the pacing and the plot twists. Did you feel the book was evenly paced? Did you see the plot twists coming?

9. What did you think of the ending? Were you able to guess the truth? Can you think of a better ending?

10. This book is often compared to GONE GIRL and GIRL ON THE TRAIN. How do you think it stacks up?

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Book Summary
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

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.
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