What did she see?
It’s been ten 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?
Hello, my friends!
Today I am reviewing one of the most anticipated books lately, The Woman in the Window. I’ve heard a lot about this book and finally bought its Macedonian translation. It reminded me a lot like The Girl on the Train but it is also different. Here are my thoughts:
Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed. You fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line, or being in a crowd. Anna lives alone. And all she does is taking her medications with lots of wine, watching old movies and spying the neighbors. Yes, she is spying on them. She has a camera and she photographs them. She knows everything about everyone in her street.
But then one day she meets her new neighbors, a husband , a wife and their son. The wife even visits her twice. And then, while spying the neighbors, Anna is a witness to a crime, the wife has been murdered. She calls police, but there is no crime. No body, no blood, nothing. But the most strange thing is, the wife is very much alive. And it is another woman! It is not the same woman that came to visit her, not the same woman that played chess with her.
What the hell is going on?
Anna is confused. She knows what she saw. But also she mixed her medications with too much wine. And she watched old thrillers on tv while collapsed. Did she mix the reality with the movie scenes? Who was woman who visited her? And who is the woman who now pretends to be the neighbor’s wife?
Like a Twilight Zone!
I can see why The Woman in the Window is the most anticipated book lately. A confused main character who cannot believe herself, some kind of fear, and crime to be solved. A winning combination for a commercial bestseller. So comparable with The Girl on the Train! But maybe that’s why #TheWoman and #TheGirl became such a cliche and I start books with titles like those very much reserved.
Overall, I liked the story. It reminded me of old Hitchcock movies (not a big fan of his). I finished it in less than two days. I enjoyed the mystery, the confusion surrounding the story and certainly didn’t expect that kind of outcome. Even if it looks like something already seen, it is a good story and cannot say that my time was wasted. I liked it!
My actual rating: 3,5