Beauty & Lace Book Club Book Review: The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn
Dr Anna Fox suffers from severe agoraphobia, as well as anxiety and depression, and she hasn't left her home for ten months.
Haunted by the memories that overtake her mind, she is simply too afraid to venture outside her front door.
She spends her days chatting online in an agoraphobia support group, playing online chess, and looking out of the windows of her New York City home.
She also spends her days drinking, and taking more medication than has been prescribed to her, in order to try and drown out the circumstances that lead to the onset of her fears and extreme anxiety.
One day, she notices that new neighbours shift in.
Jane and Alistair Russell, with their teenage son Ethan, catch Anna's attention immediately, and she is drawn to the similarities of their life to that which once resembled hers.
One night whilst Anna is looking out of her window, she witnesses a tragic event that takes place at the Russell's, and is desperate to uncover just what went on there that night.
But can she trust that what she saw with her own eyes to be true, or is her imagination taking over, and leaving doubts in her mind?
More importantly, can Anna be believed given her mental and emotional state?
This book had me so drawn into it, I read it for hours on end (even when I got sore eyes!) I simply had to know what was going to happen!
At over 420 pages, it is a fairly long story but one filled with intrigue and highly suspenseful.
Anna's past is revealed in staggered stages, which added depth to the story, and reading about what caused Anna's condition was definitely emotional.
I think that A.J Finn has done a remarkable job in describing what an agoraphobic person goes through, and the effect that the condition has on one's life.
I would definitely recommend this book, particularly for those that have read and enjoyed Gone Girl.
Thank you to Beauty & Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book. You can see my review on the Beauty & Lace Book Club site here: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/book-club-the-woman-in-the-window