Rarely does a first novel be snapped up to make a film, but this has been the fate of The Woman in the Window. It’s not really surprising, as in the reading, it is possible to see everything visually, and to realise that it would make an outstanding film.
Agoraphobic Anna is separated from her husband and daughter, and has not been outside here apartment in New York for more than a year. What on earth does she do with herself all day? She watches from her window. There is always something to engage her attention, and this makes the basis of the novel. Short, sharp chapters, relating to her closed existence.
A new family arriving opposite to her spices up her life, until ……..
No-one will believe her story, of course, and the cover of the book tells you exactly why.
Anna is a “nuisance, a liar, a drunk, she’s paranoid, an addict and a freak” . Why in heaven’s name would she be believed? This isa book which once begun cannot be abandoned, so be warned, don’t start it late at night, or you will be reading into the wee hours. There’s an added bonus too, as Anna watches old movies, particularly those directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and if you saw those classic films years ago, the nostalgia for such fine work is almost overwhelming. A thriller which is different, but a thriller which will capture your interest from first until the last page, when Anna finally ……. But that would be telling!
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. FINN PUBLISHED by HARPER COLLINS for a recommended $29.99