This book is a rare treat. I had a hard time putting it down. It’s a well crafted thriller that lays traps for the protagonist to trip over as she narrates the story. Some of the twists you can see coming, but it adds to the psychological state of the narrator who is over medicated, drinks too much wine, and is too trusting.
Told from the perspective of an agoraphobic recluse, the story takes place a year after a tragedy. The narrator lives vicariously through her neighbors who she spies on relentlessly. She is a lover of old movies, which is convenient since her story mirrors the best of Hitchcock (Rear Window, Rope, Shadow of a Doubt). Then she sees a murder. Of course, no one believes her in the drunken, overly medicated state she was in when she witnessed this crime. Soon, even she is convinced she didn’t see her neighbor die. Then, like any good thriller, she finds proof. Ta-da!
The references to old movies, the crime thrillers of the 50’s & 60’s, made me pull them out of my collection and start rewatching them. The writer of ‘The Woman in the Window’ is obviously a fan of them. This book ranks among the best of them. No wonder a movie studio has already optioned it into a movie.
If you like Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ (who doesn’t, it’s my fav of his movies) you’ll love this book. If you haven’t seen ‘Rear Window’, I suggest you watch it.