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Summary

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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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!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Pretty bland

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Tiresome

I would not have finished this book if it had not been a book club book. The plot is unoriginal, flimsy and full of gaping holes. The book might have been a bit better if it had been about half the length. It was full of unnecessary trivial detail. For example, we are told that Ed pulled up his sleve and scratched his arm. So maybe you think this is leading to a reveal that he has some terrible skin disease but no , it had absolutely no relevance. The book is full of these type of boring details.
Also it stretches credibility beyond breaking point, for example the blizzard.
So glad I'm finally finished it.
The narrator was competent, but could someone please tell her how to pronounce Merlot?

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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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Loved this!

A fantastic thriller in the old Hitchcock style with terrific narration!

I would definitely recommend this to lovers of psychological thrillers and suspense 👍

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Definitely worth a listen!!

It took be about 10 chapters to get into this book because it felt like the narration was a bit dreary and nothing was really happening. I urge you to persevere if you have the same thoughts. It is a cracking book, it isn't an 'on the edge of your seat' kind of thriller but would definitely recommend a listen.

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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

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outstanding

I really really enjoyed this book narrated brilliantly lots if twists and turns very well written good characters really good book must read for anyone.

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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’.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie Fraser
  • 24-03-18

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

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  • Richard Calkin
  • 02-02-18

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.

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  • Jane F. Clifton
  • 05-03-18

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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  • rosaria
  • 03-03-18

Amazing

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

0 of 2 people found this review helpful