I told myself that in 2019 I am not going to force myself to finish books that do not hold my interest; my TBR list is huuuuuge and I simply do not have time for it. Thanks goodness for audiobooks! So I picked The woman in the window as I love thrillers and wanted to read this one for sooooooo long…
Genre: domestic thriller
Year Of Publication: Jan 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
My rating: 2.5 stars, DNF.
The woman in the window follows Anna Fox, child psychologist suffering from agoraphobia and has not left her house in almost a year. I reallllly wanted to like this as I have a background in psychology myself and reading about a character is a similar background was very interesting, however I really struggled to care or to maintain interest and it was not the fault of the audiobook. I did enjoy the moments where she was talking about the illness, medications and diagnosis criteria.
The main problem with this novel is that it’s not very thrillery for a quarter of the book, instead drags on and on about how much Anna Fox is drinking, watching her neighbors and chats with other people online. I was supposed to feel an emotional connection to the main character, to feel her pain and root for her and whilst I did root for her, I found myself simply bored out of my mind. By the time the ungodly scream happens, I’ve been waiting for so long that I lost interest, put it down and now I have no willingness to pick it up. Maybe one day it will happen, maybe not.
The writing was good, it was articulate and expressive, but the plot suffered greatly at the expense of exposition and setting the scene. Nothing really happened that couldn’t have been written in a much shorter way and cut to the thrilling part of the novel which is what I was here for. Also, can we just stop with the unreliable narrator style of domestic thrillers!!
Have you read it? What did you think?