3.5 disco balls
I really wanted to love this book as I am a big fan of suspense books and the premise of this book was super interesting, but overall it was OK. The ending saved this book for me: and, isn’t that what suspense books are all about (the ending)?
Anna Fox, suffers from agoraphobia and hasn’t left her house in almost a year. For entertainment she drinks (a lot) – while heavily medicated – and watches her neighbors from their respective windows: making assumptions about their lives and sometimes catching them in compromising situations. A new family, the Russell’s, move into one of the units and Anna witnesses something terrible go down in their home one evening…or did she? The rest, well I can’t tell you that: you have to read to find out.
I had trouble with the first 75% of this book. To me, the writing was terse and often vague. Now, in a suspense read of course it should be vague (no need to tell me all the minute details that would spoil the surprise) but it wasn’t used sparingly: it was the majority of the writing style. I really had no idea where this story was going to go; not in the sense of anticipating the twist, but just the overall direction of the story. An example of what I mean:
My robe has come loose. Come undone. She’s come undone. That was a book, I believe. I never read it.
The last 25% of the book is very strong. The ending is what made all the rest of the book make that much more sense (whoa tongue twister – say this sentence 3 times fast!). It did take me a while to get to the good part although I don’t regret reading the book. You just need a bit of patience to get through the first part of the build up.
Even for its vagueness, I felt I needed to keep reading because I wanted to know how this story was going to play out. The author did a good job at that.
Its a read worth borrowing from the library or a friend.
This just in: my cousin listened to the audiobook and loved it, maybe the audiobook could offer a different experience.
If you read The Woman in the Window and agree/disagree, let us know your thoughts. Would love to hear what you thought!
On second thought, maybe I had a hard time at the beginning because someone kept distracting me with their loud snores. 😉