Book Review: “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn
Although it took some time for the plot of “The Woman in the Window” to develop, it is well worth the read. It starts with a very interesting premise: Anna Fox, the main character and narrator, is a psychologist who is struggling to overcome a debilitating psychological disorder herself. As in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” (which the author references), Anna’s window provides her a connection to the outside world and eventually the conduit for inserting peril into her own life. A. J. Finn’s use of descriptive language sets the mood for this suspenseful psychological thriller. And he has developed his characters just enough so that the reader can draw his own conclusions (incorrect as they may be) about what really happened to Anna and to her neighbor. If you find the first two-thirds of this book a little slow (as I did), persevere. Persevere. Finn has set you up for the last third of the book, where you will encounter two stunning surprises. Because of the relatively slow pace of the early part of the book, I should probably give it a solid four star rating. But, truth be told, I was gobsmacked by the twisty ending — TWICE! So, I am pushing my rating up to a five stars. It’s a great read, and it’s going to make a great film.
P. K. Abbot writes character-rich thrillers. His Jersey Murder Series are exciting crime novels with very twisty endings.
Before writing full time, he had a fascinating occupation. For twenty-five years he worked as a professional buyer in two different industries. In his career, he met hundreds of remarkable people and traveled to Europe and throughout the United States.
On February 21, 2011, he experienced a life-changing event. On that day he went into V-fib — ventricular fibrillation. He would have died that afternoon, but his implanted defibrillator discharged seven times within two minutes that day. After the fourth intensive shock to his heart, he questioned if he would have the stamina to survive the ordeal, but survive he did. He spent the next thirteen days in cardiac intensive care in the hospital and the following four months in recovery at home.
After that experience, he decided to devote himself to writing, and he has been writing full time ever since.
He grew up around Trenton, New Jersey and attended high school and college in Philadelphia, where he studied writing, languages, and history. He also served for six years as a military policeman in the United States Army National Guard.
Today he is the proud father of two talented young women, and he lives in a small town in southern New Jersey with his wife and dozens of imaginary characters.
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