The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Book 7/30.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Silent Patient was one of my favourite books of 2021 and after being blown away by it I made the decision to read more psychological thrillers. The Woman in the Window was one of the first psychological thrillers I identified I NEEDED to read after The Silent Patient put me onto the genre in a major way, so it sucks major balls that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Don’t get me wrong, this was unputdownable AF, largely due to the short, punchy chapters that had me reading “one more chapter” over and over again when I should have been doing other things like working and sleeping. It took me around 3 days to read this and if it wasn’t for a busy work week I probably would have read it in half that time. The reason I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would is because it gave me major The Girl on the Train vibes with the unreliable narrator, faulty memories and alcoholism, and I didn’t appreciate the déjà vu. It was also a bit predictable as I saw two of the major twists coming from a mile away. But hey, these books with a girl/woman in/on something/somewhere in the title are not particularly known for their originality. I mean, look no further than the Netflix parody “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.” But fucking hell what they lack in originality they make the fuck up for with page-turning goodness 🤩

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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