The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

Large Print - 2018
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Anna Fox spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. But when she sees something she shouldn't, Anna's world begins to crumble.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062791450
0062791451
9781635461619
1635461618
9781683318088
1683318080
Characteristics: 595 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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“A menacing psychological thriller that starts out like Rear Window and then veers off into unexpected places. An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses a crime that threatens to expose her secrets."

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Anna Fox is a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating she hasn’t left the house in months. To occupy her time Anna watches film noir classics from her vast collection, interacts with people online, and sometimes spies on her neighbors. It... Read More »

A menacing psychological thriller that starts out like Rear Window and then veers off into unexpected places. An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses a crime that threatens to expose her secrets.


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flowell
Nov 13, 2018

Intriguing and creepy so kept my interest but ultimately kind of silly, especially as it closed in on the end.

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heidijoemonty
Nov 08, 2018

Great book... very suspenseful and it reads very quickly. I figured out one of the twists early on, but it didn't ruin the story for me. Excellent ending!

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olioli
Nov 05, 2018

Read October 2018

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jessebraydon
Nov 04, 2018

The Woman in the Window, has helped shaped the 'Gone Girl' or 'Women in Psychological Thriller' Genres significantly. This is a delightful, mysterious, hard to put down page turner that keeps you guessing all the way through to it's final shocking twists. Read this if you like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train or Sharp Objects.

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leslyls
Nov 01, 2018

I enjoy these psychological thrillers- not too much physical drama but keeps you on your toes mentally. It did build up slowly but the story that unfolds keeps you engrossed. The end surprises you and the book keeps you entertained.

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kimbraun2
Oct 20, 2018

It kept me interested just enough not to stop reading it. It is a little slow but makes you curious about where its going. Then BAM...you read one page and you cant stop because you NEED to know everything else.

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SuzeParker
Oct 13, 2018

This book has a slow build. The pacing seemed patterned after the classic black-and-white psychological thrillers liberally referenced throughout the book. Considering the main character, Anna Fox, is a former child psychologist and a current agoraphobic who has little else to do inside her house all day than ply herself with pills and Merlot, watch those old black-and-white thrillers, play chess online and spy on her neighbors, it took some doing to keep the book moving at all, so points to the author for that. When no action is happening (pill-counting, anyone?), the pages drag by. When there's action, though, the book pulled me in and got really interesting.

Anna is an unreliable narrator, to be sure. She is deeply depressed and isn't even sure she can trust herself or her own eyes. And she certainly doesn't know what to believe - at least at first - when the police find no evidence of the murder she claims to have witnessed. Adding to the disquiet is that the other characters in the book are rarely what they seem at first to be.

While I guessed the first big twist long before it was revealed, the ending caught me by surprise. All in all, a decent debut - and one I could easily see made into a movie with a black-and-white feel.

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0007548100dmw
Oct 08, 2018

One of the best books I have read. Full of suspense and tension for the entire book. Very surprise ending.

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kaylee_schipani
Sep 19, 2018

This was honestly the first psychological thrillers that I've read and I was on the edge of my seat. I love how the author makes you feel like you're on the mental journey with the narrator, a shut-in struggling from a trauma. She has so many side-conversations with herself and it challenges you to keep up with the fast pace of her anxiety. The entire time I was going back and forth trying to figure out whether or not everything was really happening or if it was all conjured up in the narrator's head. I knew the ending was going to be intense, but the entire story had a great build throughout and a satisfying ending you're sure to love!! (No spoilers:)

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naturepod
Sep 17, 2018

This book REALLY grabbed me from the beginning. Perhaps it had something to do with psychotic breaks (ha). And I was very surprised to find out A.J. is male, I want in his head! Very nicely written, smooth dialogue that is raw with feeling.

I read the entire thing in one day - I quite simply could not put it down! I am looking forward to the movie, as I thought that the plot twists were mostly unexpected, and added plenty of depth to otherwise flat/predictable characters.

Would highly recommend!

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 23, 2018

'Help,' I shout, only it’s a whisper, creeping through my throat on tiptoe, smearing itself across my tongue. 'He-elp,' I try again; this time my teeth bite into it, sparks raining from my mouth as though I’ve chewed a live wire, and my voice catches like a fuse, explodes. I scream.

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Pigmama6
Jul 01, 2018

"As Bernard Shaw said, I often quote myself; it adds spice to the conversation. As Shaw also said, alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life. Good old Shaw."

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

"Watching is like nature photography: You don't interfere with the wildlife.” - p. 4

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s something nobody knows about.”
 —Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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cknightkc
Apr 11, 2018

“My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.”

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