Review: The Woman In the Window by A.J. Finn


Title: The Woman in the Window

Author: A.J. Finn

Published: January 15th 2018, HarperCollins Australia

Status: Read August 2019 courtesy HarperCollins Australia


My Thoughts:

I picked The Woman in the Window off my stack of unread ARC’s at random for the week’s reading, vaguely recalling that it was released to great acclaim while I was on hiatus. I read it over two days, and quite enjoyed it, but something nagged at me. When I finished, and marked it ‘Read’ on Goodreads, I briefly scrolled down the page and a comment regarding some author controversy caught my eye. I clicked through to an article published in The New Yorker, and as I read, I remembered, there was a reason I’d put The Woman in the Window aside … so what now?

I thought The Woman in the Window was a suspenseful, atmospheric psychological thriller with a compelling unreliable narrator, an intriguing mystery, unfolding at a good pace.

The thing is, I have serious doubts about how much of The Woman In the Window can be credited to the author. I read not only The New Yorker article, but a dozen or so others as well (because I never accept just one news source), and quite apart from my distaste for Mallory’s sociopathic behaviour (which includes faking serious medical issues, lying about his academic achievements, and lots of other shady behaviour), on balance I think it’s entirely possible that The Woman in the Window is more than just mildly derivative.

I won’t judge if you decide to read the book, there are worse ways to spend your time, and The Woman In the Window is an entertaining thriller. I won’t be reading anything else by A.J. Finn though.


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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 08:44:50

    I loved this one Shelleyrae, I was glued to the page until I finished it. But I read it before all the controversy. I think I would see it in a different light now.

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  2. popple58
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 09:37:32

    Good review. I haven’t read it – it doesn’t appeal to me and less so after reading some of the articles. I have trouble getting to the ones I really want to read!

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  3. Mystica
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 11:10:05

    Thank you for the post. Didn’t know about the controversy but will read up on it.

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  4. 1girl2manybooks
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 14:05:59

    I have this too, picked up a copy on iBooks before I read all the crazy controversy that came out about their behaviour. I might get to reading it eventually see if it was worth it but I definitely won’t buy anything from them in the future!

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  5. Kate W
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 20:53:19

    I have an ARC of this sitting in my TBR stack as well – now I’m intrigued! (Although I’ll read it first and then do the detective work).

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  6. Beth F
    Sep 04, 2019 @ 21:33:46

    Ooooh. Thanks for the reminder! I had this on my stack too and wondered why I never got to it. Now I’ll have to think about it.

    Liked by 1 person


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