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Publisher's Summary

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." (Gillian Flynn)

"Unputdownable." (Stephen King)

"A dark, twisty confection." (Ruth Ware)

"Absolutely gripping." (Louise Penny)

For listeners of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade's most anticipated debuts, to be published in 36 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, mother, their teenaged 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.

Bonus: Includes an interview with author A. J. Finn.

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

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A shining example of the “psychological thriller”

I love this genre. Between audiobooks and print novels I devour at least 10 per month, but I can’t remember the last time I read one this well crafted. The text is rife with Hitchcock references and I have no doubt that the master of suspense himself would be enthralled with this work. The story arc is solidly constructed and when the ending plays out it doesn’t feel rushed like so many of these types of novels. Instead the twist takes on an arc of its own. I can wait to see what else this author has in store for us.

84 of 90 people found this review helpful

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Best credit I've spent in awhile!

My favorite genre is mystery. I particularly enjoy those with an "unreliable narrator". I find debut authors especially appealing. Kids, this book was winner in all these. The performer was perfect. I take reviews that over-rave or under-rave about a book with a grain of salt and rarely give 5 stars. This is definitely worth that credit!

67 of 74 people found this review helpful

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This cleverly crafted thriller kept me intrigued a

Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

While there are some secondary characters in this story, the main character, Anna, was my favorite. Ms. Lee really brought her character to life.

Any additional comments?

The Woman in the Window truly surprised me with just how fantastic it was. I must admit, I was beyond perplexed at the beginning, because all I was really learning was how truly messed up Anna’s mind was (and who could blame her). In fact, several times I was thinking, where the heck is the author going with this story. Then BOOM!.......that magical moment every reader craves hit me and I was hooked. This cleverly crafted thriller kept me intrigued and captivated throughout and I could not put it down. As I was reading, I thought I knew where this story was going, but boy was I wrong! Anna is a complex and interesting character and it was an intense journey trying to understand what was going on inside her mind and listening to her thoughts.

Mr. Finn has an amazing talent for weaving a thrilling, on the edge of your seat, nail biting story that will have you hanging on for dear life. This is one author that is going to rock the literary world and I’m excited to read more from him!

The narrator, Ann Marie Lee, did an amazing job reading this novel. She brought the main character, Anna, to life and I felt as though I was in Anna's mind throughout the story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing!

The first 4 hrs were painfully slow & boring. The main character Ann is also totally weak & obnoxious. She’s completely unlikable & I had to force myself to finish the book b/c I couldn’t stand her whining & stupidity anymore. She spends the entire story stoned out of her mind on meds & /or getting wasted on wine. But then can’t understand why no one believes her. . . It got to the point I was going to throw my phone out of irritation if I had to listen about her taking another drink of wine every other sentence. Sooo annoying!!!!

63 of 70 people found this review helpful

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How did this get rave reviews??

I downloaded this book after reading rave reviews from authors I love. How? This story is incredibly slow, the lead is very hard to like, the plot is less than believable, and the endless old movie quotes are distracting and hard to follow. Some people are clearly loving this story, and maybe you’ll be one of them? I wish I had read some of the negative reviews. Total waste of a credit for me.

Also, a note about the narrator... although I enjoyed her the character she is supposed to be portraying is 38, but the narrator has a very mature voice (60’s?) and I couldn’t ignore that.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Forced, Purple, Slow, and Old Fashioned

I can't fathom how this book garnered so many positive pull quotes. At best, it's a passable read. I didn't hate it, but I didn't look forward to entering the story. It was so very over-written. More adjectives than necessary, so very many metaphors. Despite being trapped in the narrator's head, she doesn't feel like a real person. She feels like a vehicle for noir references and vague statements meant to pass for suspense. It's just not very good.

In short, I can't recommend. This is one of those books that over-promises with its marketing and under-delivers with its content.

48 of 56 people found this review helpful

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A solid 2.5 stars, Slower than molasses

Along with a lot of other reviewers, I find myself scratching my head in wonderment at the glowing pre-release reviews. The main character is hardly sympathetic. The pacing is exceedingly slow. The twists and surprises are so heavily foreshadowed that nothing is surprising. It was a slog to get through this.

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 01-15-18

One of the Worst Books I've Ever Listened To

I saw endorsements for 'The Woman in the Window' by so many of my favourite authors- including Stephen King. And, let's face it.. Stephen King can be a little ramble-some and long winded.. However there were other ravings: Tess Gerritsen, Ruth Ware, Louise Penny, Joe Hill- and Gillian Flynn! All I can say is- they must have been reading some other version OR they were highly paid for their comments and they didn't read the book at all.

I am not exaggerating one bit when I say- I tried. I tried listening to this book at least twenty times. I went back to re-listen. I tried to see if I could 'get something else' from passages. The bottom line is, I didn't enjoy this book at all. The main character is a complete boring mess, and nothing happens. Nothing makes sense. She is a recluse or agoraphobic but we don't know why- we have no concept of time, we don't know if her child and husband are near by or what's going on with them. She has a neighbour who turns into another woman and she's convinced someone has killed the original woman.. But here's the thing- I couldn't have cared less! There is no build up, no exciting characters, no good dialogue, and no plot.

I hated this book. I am so disappointed. I am asking for my credit back. Good riddance- sometimes you just can't 'make' something good, no matter how hard you try,

-Wendi

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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horrible

this book is absolutely terrible. boring boring boring. the narration may be a good part of the cause. she sounds like she is minutes away from life support. so so painstakingly slow and deliberate. i will admit i only got through an hour and a half. i have a high tolerance for even mediocre books. i will listen to anything but i couldn't take this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Slow

Painstakingly slow although I kept listening because I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen and I never guessed the end

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