in the Window
A. J. Finn
Here’s a quick audiobook review of The Woman by the Window by A. J. Finn, read by Ann Marie Lee. This is a suspenseful psychological thriller set in New York about a woman who has suffered an unexplained tragedy and now lives apart from her husband and young daughter. An agoraphobic, she hasn’t left her house in nearly a year. Instead, she watches old Hitchcock movies, drinks wine, self-medicates and spies on her neighbors through the zoom lens of a powerful camera. One day, she sees something terrible through the window of a new family’s home. When she tries to report it, no one believes her and she begins to wonder if she imagined it. Her increasingly frantic, and unreliable narrative places the reader (and listener) in the mind of an unraveling trained psychologist who can’t treat herself properly.
Through interactions with her family, psychiatrist, online chess players, fellow agoraphobes, her physical therapist, neighbors and the man who rents her basement apartment, Dr. Anna Fox’s back story comes into focus. But while the details of her story may become clear, what isn’t clear is whether she saw what she thought she saw. Readers may want to believe her because she describes the details so vividly, but there’s a lot else going on with the neighbors and her tenant to cause suspicion. As Fox continues to drink recklessly and down her medications in fistfuls, Finn propels Fox towards a tense showdown between her own demons and others.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Woman in the Window. Ann Marie Lee is a fantastic narrator of this excellent story. She effectively portrays a wide variety of characters, scenes and emotions and I was gripped throughout. One particularly emotional scene towards the end is especially convincing. I also like how Finn ties the old movies she watches into the plot, particularly Rear Window and Vertigo.
The unreleased 2020 film of The Woman in the Window is directed by Joe Wright and stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. It’s scheduled to be released on Netflix in 2021. Read more about the film here and here. I’m looking forward to watching it!
I recommend The Woman in the Window to readers and listeners who like psychological thrillers, though I wouldn’t recommend listening while you’re driving – it’s that engrossing!
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15 thoughts on “Audiobook review: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, read by Ann Marie Lee”
I liked this book
I had to power through the last three hours of the audiobook because my library loan was due to disappear from my phone, but I got it done. I didn’t realize this was Finn’s debut. I thought it was very good! Thanks for the visit 🙂
Though I vaguely remember some sort of controversy regarding Finn
Yes, just looked that up – I didn’t know that but he is prone to making things up about his past. I think I’ll write a post about that.
That’s it. I couldn’t remember what it was. Should make for a good post
Yes, the New Yorker published an article about it and I read that. I’m sure there are other reports.
Awesome review, Barb. Thank you for sharing this!
Glad you likedy it – thanks for stopping by, Donna!
Great review, Barbara. I like the don’t listen while driving warning. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I tried listening during a trip to the grocery store, but I felt pretty distracted so I gave it up!
Thanks for the review, Barbara. It sounds interesting, although parts also sound very much like Girl on a Train.
That’s true – I enjoy psychological thrillers and so that doesn’t bother me. Thanks for the visit! Sleeting here right now…
Your review is so good I’m very tempted to read it. But you may remember I have a difficult time with scary stories, particularly psychological horror. However, I’m thinking I might do better listening to it, as you did. I feel a little more removed from a book when I listen on Audibles as opposed to holding the book and reading with my eyes. I have one credit left on my Audibles account. Gulp. I might go for this one. ;-0
Hi Pam – thanks for reading and commenting. I think this storyline is more intriguing than scary and not too violent. I appreciate that in a book. Let me know how you fare – I will say the audio version was excellent and one of my coworkers said the same thing. 🙂
I just downloaded it on my Audibles!! Right now listening to “When we Believed in Mermaids” by Barbara O’Neal (did you read that one?). Also have Obama’s latest book on there. I better get my ears tuned up. 🙂
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