I’m not sure how I stumbled into this book. It was most likely a cross reference from a similar title. Anyway, as per usual this is a review of the audiobook version. It is available here on audible. The Woman in the Window is written by A.J. Finn and narrated by Ann Marie Lee.
The audiobook is well narrated. It seems to have been fairly well received. However, the author seems to have gotten himself into some trouble. Of course, his personal issues are aside from the book. Thus, I won’t get into it but you can read about it here.
The Woman in the Window
Dr. Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia. Thus, she is more or less a prisoner in her own home. Her husband left her, taking their daughter with him. She’s home alone. Anna is on medication for her physical and mental problems.
Complicating these issues is the fact that she’s an alcoholic. Mixing alcohol and pills is a bad idea. Thus, when she observes a crime across the street she’s unsure of what she saw. In fact, she’s not positive that she actually saw anything at all.
To be frank, this book has as many issues as she does. The description sounds very interesting. However, here are the problems.
- Either agoraphobia is really hard to relate to, or she has an extreme case. One way or the other, Dr. Fox is impossible to relate to. Her symptoms are so extreme that it takes way to much time to develop her character. By the time you figure her out, you actively dislike her.
- The book is based on a crime. However, the crime doesn’t occur until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. I no longer cared if it happened, let alone who did it by the time it actually did or didn’t happen.
- Her alchohol and drug induced stupor leaves her very unsure of what is happening. Therefore, it often leaves you wondering what is happening.
There’s a twist at the end of the story, but it’s a downer. It just makes the doctor even crazier (if that’s possible) and less likable. She goes from a lingering nuisance to a complete annoyance.
Another issue with the book is some of the verbiage. Although it is set in America, I honestly thought that it was written by a Britt. For example, at one point a vacation is referenced as a “holiday”.
I really didn’t like The Woman in the Window. Neither the character nor the book. I was able to get through it, but I was unable to enjoy it. Therefore I can’t really recommend it.
However, the possibilty does exist that it’s just me. Perhaps I can’t really empathize with someone with her condition. Moreover, her dependency on drugs and alcohol is a complete turnoff. She was pathetic as opposed to sympathetic. I really didn’t care if she got better or not. By the end, I was just glad that it was over.