The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Star rating: ★★☆☆ ☆ 2/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Anna Fox spends all her time in her house, she never leaves due to agoraphobia. To keep herself entertained she watches her neighbors, one night she sees a woman stabbed in the house across the street but no one believes her.
Review: Ugh– y’all know you’re in for it when that’s how I open a review, with an ugh. At the start I had a feeling like maybe I should abandon this book. It was kind of boring and I just didn’t like the tone, it felt condescending and icky too. Speaking of icky, can we address how the language Anna uses to describe Ethan is super sexualized? Like Jesus lady he’s a teenager.
The pace of this book suuuuuuuuuuucks. It’s so slow and boring for most of it. Even as the action starts to increase the pacing is just weird. And I got to say, the whole twist was dumb. I hated it, I hated how it was set up with the flashbacks and tried to be tricky over it. Also, I loooove an unreliable narrator but I hated this one. It just felt so staged and obvious. It didn’t feel like I was unsure what was not real, it felt like people were assholes to a mentally ill woman.
Speaking of, how much more of an asshole could that female cop be? Like I would expect that from the male cop to be dismissive but she had some serious internalized misogyny. But if it’s a male author does that even count? Or is it just a dumbass male author not understanding women. Because boy howdy, did he not. He would also talk about Anna’s looks at points were it was like, um aren’t there more important things to focus on besides the crows feet around her eyes? Oh the horror, a woman isn’t twenty. I like unlikable women characters, but this felt like the writer didn’t like her more than trying to write a complex character.
I picked this up before I learned about the controversy surrounding the author and I am not surprised. Like I said, the tone was icky from the start so he fact he’s not a stand up fella doesn’t come as a shocker. Probably if I had known before I would have thought twice about reading it. I mean, it’s not like this is a million little pieces situation but still.
Recommendation: Unimpressive and forgettable. Really terrible pacing, I think if you want a thriller similar to this then I suggest Gillian Flynn, she knows how to write well developed, damaged, unlikable women.
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