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The Woman in the Window

Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
4 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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What did she see?

It's been 10 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?

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

Critic Reviews

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." (Gillian Flynn)
"Twisted to the power of max." (Val McDermid)
"A dark, twisty confection." (Ruth Ware)

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How disappointing!

I give up - I simply can’t finish this book it’s that bad. I was so looking forward to it but here we are at Chapter 34 and still pretty much nothing has happened. Don’t bother.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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I hoped the psychopath would win

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Toning down the histrionics of the narrator for a start. Closely followed by removing at least 80% of the totally unnecessary and floral verbiage. It was like Gerald Durrell on steroids and not nearly as entertaining.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a best seller for sure

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Marie Lee’s performances?

Not if I was offered it freely

What character would you cut from The Woman in the Window?

Sadly, the narrator

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Woah what a book!

I really enjoyed this novel! Many OMG moments in this one... or WTF really! Highly recommended if you are a fan of psychological thrillers! I also love the narration carried out incredibly by Ann Marie Lee!!

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Exhilarating, Thrilling, Amazing

Anna Fox is truly a masterpiece in this book. It's my first time hearing about someone who has extreme agoraphobia. Anna is definitely cynosure of this show. We find out about what led her to this confined life. Her voice and feelings are strong. Readers truly empathize for her.

A child psychologist, who suffered a breakdown but now inadequate to the four corners of her house. She believes that her husband and child live separately from her. The internet becomes her fortress and medium in her day to day contact with different professionals and people with same malady as her. Leading a very sad and narrow life, we completely understand Anna’s feelings of helplessness and self-loathing.

One day, Anna witnesses a murder from her window. The only problem is that no one believes her. She takes a cocktail of drugs for her medical condition and has been self medicating with alcohol. Anna is considered unreliable and unstable by the police. With no evidence and only gut instinct to go on, Anna sets about proving everybody wrong and trying to solve an impossible murder.

One of the highlights of the drama is the perfect pace and the believability of the plot. Slowly we understand Anna and her tortured psyche. It is very frustrating at times seeing Anna self medicate and get lost in drugs, instead of getting herself together and solving the crime. It is all very convincing and plausible. I absolutely adored links to the brilliant Alfred Hitchcock.

The author expertly gives us an updated version of Rear Window, the 1954 Hitchcock classic. He quotes from various old movies, as the story progresses. Wonderful. I fully appreciated that. He has done a very fine job.

I would recommend this audible version to everyone! Ann Marie Lee also gives justice in narrating this book. She has a very strong understanding of Anna's feelings and struggles. I enjoyed every inch of this audible book. Way to go audible!

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Decent psychothriller dogged by irritating protagonist

It’s a formulaic thriller reminiscent of noir films like Vertigo, with a twist that is a little predictable. The first reveal is rather transparent but gets dragged out far too long. The protagonist however is the real problem- she is conceived as a hapless yet hubristic wreck and Lee really gets her voice right: thirteen hours of dragging self-pitying helplessness until she finds her fortitude right at the last.

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Great thriller

At Points it felt hard to understand where exactly the story might be going yet it oddly still managed to keep the readers attention.
So when it culminated in a great twist it just made the read totally worth while.

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Okay thriller, I didn’t like the narrator

Not the best books I’ve ridden. There’s not much happening in the first half of the book in my opininion. Second half was good.

But the biggest problem for me was that I didn’t like the narrator at all. She was acting too much instead of just reading the book vividly like good narrator does.

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Thriller diller

Great book, well read. Really evocative of the best of the 'film noir' genre without overdoing it or driving you crazy with references. It works.

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Amazing

mi è piaciuto moltissimo, facile da capire è finito in solo tre settimane. Si legge tutto di un fiato

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  • Helen W.
  • 02-19-18

Way, Way, Way too long

The level of detail was too much. The semi hysterical ramblings of Anna were wearing and eventually boring. The narrator sounded too old to be the main character.The prolonged level of tension was exhausting.i just wanted it to be over

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Heather
  • 02-06-18

Best Listen so Far!

What did you like most about The Woman in the Window?

It was so different to all the other so called psychological thrillers that are around at the moment and kept me riveted! I was hooked and kept listening to it through the night and could feel this woman's pain. The characters were real to me, flawed and tormented.Set amost all in one house, it was claustrophobic, atmospheric, giving a feel for Anna's agarophobia, her fears and her bravery.

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This book is brilliantly narrated by Ann Marie. She has exactly the right voice for Anna, a woman haunted by her past, trapped by her mistakes, struggling to surface and full of self doubt.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't want to switch off!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the references to some old films enjoyed by Anna such as Gaslight and Rear Window, which are also my favourites. Hitchcock could have done a good job on this book! More please!

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  • Catherine
  • 03-29-18

Awful

The story telling seemed very artificial. There was no suspense and I couldn't find anything to like in any of the characters. I would avoid anything else by the author or narrator.I have given 1 star rating as unable to leave 0.

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  • S. Christie
  • 07-01-18

Dull and uninteresting

Couldn’ get into this book at all. Too slow and uninteresting.. didn’t like the narration either found the American accent difficult to understand.Gave up after 8 chapters and have returned.. .

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  • sophie
  • 06-13-18

boring

bored after chapter 11 took a hole 3 minutes to describe walking down stairs, found i was more intrested in my surroundings tgen this

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wras
  • 02-18-18

Rear Window in the brain Bette Davis on the phone


An old-fashioned thriller that works while talking about psychological thrillers and reviving them with panache and style, be assured you will have a few very enjoyable hours of good entertainment.

What makes this book work is how well we get to know the main character before we get into the plot and how unaware we are of how manipulative the writer is, he knows every trick and uses them to take us in every path he chooses to.
Yes, it is very entertaining and a pleasure.

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  • CW
  • 06-04-18

Predictable

I felt that the story was very predictable. The twist was no surprise. . .

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  • Rachael Williams
  • 05-17-18

Pretty bland

Simple story and unnecessarily long. Struggled through it. Narrator not bad but any voice will become monotonous after that long

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  • R A Oates
  • 05-10-18

Dreadfully slow

Given all the hype around this one, and being on a waiting list to listen to it when it came out, this is just way too slow a pace to keep going. It is 13 hours of listening in all and I'm giving up after 5. There is just nothing going on here. The book is well narrated for audio and the writing itself is of a high standard but the story itself is just drifting aimlessly for hours. Very disappointing.

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  • the typist
  • 03-21-18

Hackneyed pastiche of better stories...

I’ll hold up my hand and admit that I truly enjoyed the first third of this novel. I loved the Hitchcockian nods and the constant references to noir films of a certain era. However, scratch the surface of this book and you’ll see just how shallow, ill thought out and blindingly unoriginal it is. The culprit was obvious from the outset, the unreliable narrator is a trope that seriously needs skewing in a different way and the denouement owes more to post war Agatha Christie than anything remotely 2018. No spoilers here but let’s just say the author has a very messed up view of adoption -that’s testament only to how truly out of touch they are with the zeitgeist. File under ‘Yet another Gillian Flynn wannabe’.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-18

not a fan

Slow, too much insignificant detail, anti climax. Anna left me frustrated and I found myself skipping through just to avoid the overly dramatic scenes.

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  • Christina
  • 04-16-18

Quite dissapointing

Would you try another book written by A. J. Finn or narrated by Ann Marie Lee?

I really didn't like this book at all. I am sure some people will love it. It is well written and the performance great but a very boring story. In fact, I couldn't even finish it.

Has The Woman in the Window put you off other books in this genre?

yes

What does Ann Marie Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ann Marie Lee was doing a good job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

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  • Juda64
  • 02-20-18

Really good but

I thought the plot was good, the twists and turns were excellent, certainly kept you guessing right up till the last few chapters. The only thing I can fault is the thoughts in Anna’s head sometimes waffles on abit. I got abit bored listening to how her ears raged, her heart beats etc, just get to the good bit ffs. Other than that, great, loved it

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  • Mandy
  • 05-29-18

Great read

This book had me looking for opportunities to listen. The plot was gripping and I loved it.

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  • fiona
  • 02-06-18

not bad

Not bad for a first time author. it went on a bit too long in parts and I picked the "twists" early on. An interesting protagonist though. perhaps i didnt appreciate the film analogies due to not having an interest in those films. well read.

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  • Catriona fox
  • 05-29-18

the woman in the window

enjoyed this book so much, i loved the twists and how well the main character was portrayed. the narrator is brilliant and added to the suspense of the novel. highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-18

Annoying is an understatement

The story was good but the slow pace of the narrator and the over descriptive language used drove me totally crazy!!!!

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  • Daniel
  • 05-14-18

Slow burner but worth it.

Early on it was very slow, but the descriptions of her cosy movie watching and wine drinking life were enough to keep me hooked. Lots of twists I didn’t see coming.

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  • Hema
  • 05-13-18

Brilliant

What started as a low simmer, escalated to a slow burn before finishing with an explosion! It was like reading a black and white Hitchcock movie - it was brilliant! Loved the narration - at times annoying like a slow moving train, at others, rich and velvety and vivid but always compelling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-18

fabulous book

I really enjoyed listening to this book great narrator who kept the drama and suspence coming, i didnt want it to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful