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The Woman in the Window
A Novel
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#1 New York Times Bestseller – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." —Gillian Flynn"Unputdownable."...
#1 New York Times Bestseller – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." —Gillian Flynn"Unputdownable."...
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  • #1 New York Times Bestseller – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture starring Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman

    "Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." —Gillian Flynn

    "Unputdownable." —Stephen King

    "A dark, twisty confection." —Ruth Ware

    "Absolutely gripping." —Louise Penny

    For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade's most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

    It isn't paranoia if it's really happening . . .

    Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

    Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

    What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

    Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

About the Author-

  • A. J. FINN lived in England for many years before returning to his native New York. His debut novel, The Woman in the Window, has been published in more than forty languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.

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  • Library Journal

    Starred review from August 1, 2017

    A much-bruited Frankfort title, buzzing even before BookExpo opened, sold to 35 countries, and in development as a Fox film, Finn's white-knuckler defines the term hot debut. Its heroine, the reclusive Anna Fox, hides away in her New York apartment tippling wine, watching old movies, and looking out the window, most recently at the husband, wife, and teenage son who just moved in across the way. Then she sees--or thinks she sees--something shocking, and what follows has wracked nerves enough to merit Gone Girl/Girl on the Train comparisons. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    August 1, 2017

    A much-bruited Frankfort title, buzzing even before BookExpo opened, sold to 35 countries, and in development as a Fox film, Finn's white-knuckler defines the term hot debut. Its heroine, the reclusive Anna Fox, hides away in her New York apartment tippling wine, watching old movies, and looking out the window, most recently at the husband, wife, and teenage son who just moved in across the way. Then she sees--or thinks she sees--something shocking, and what follows has wracked nerves enough to merit Gone Girl/Girl on the Train comparisons. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 6, 2017
    Child psychologist Anna Fox, the unreliable narrator of Finn’s gripping first novel, lives out one of the classic films that she loves so well—Hitchcock’s Rear Window. In this modern update, the agoraphobic Anna hasn’t left her Manhattan townhouse in more than 11 months. When she’s not observing the neighbors and photographing them with her digital camera, she’s watching movies, playing chess, and counseling other agoraphobics via an online forum. Then her obsession with the new family across the park begins to take over. When Anna witnesses a stabbing in their house, no one believes what she saw is real—and it’s entirely possible that Anna shouldn’t believe it herself. The secrets of Anna’s past and the uncertain present are revealed slowly in genuinely surprising twists. And, while the language is at times too clever for its own good, readers will eagerly turn the pages to see how it all turns out. This highly anticipated debut has already received endorsements from such notables as Gillian Flynn and Louise Penny. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM Partners.

  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2017
    A lonely woman in New York spends her days guzzling merlot, popping pills, and spying on the neighbors--until something she sees sucks her into a vortex of terror."The Miller home across the street--abandon hope, all ye who enter here--is one of five townhouses that I can survey from the south-facing windows of my own." A new family is moving in on her Harlem street, and Dr. Anna Fox already knows their names, employment histories, how much they paid for their house, and anything else you can find out using a search engine. Following a mysterious accident, Anna is suffering from agoraphobia so severe that she hasn't left her house in months. She speaks to her husband and daughter on the phone--they've moved out because "the doctors say too much contact isn't healthy"--and conducts her relationships with her neighbors wholly through the zoom lens of her Nikon D5500. As she explains to fellow sufferers in her online support group, food and medication (not to mention cases of wine) can be delivered to your door; your housecleaner can take out the trash. Anna's psychiatrist and physical therapist make house calls; a tenant in her basement pinch-hits as a handyman. To fight boredom, she's got online chess and a huge collection of DVDs; she has most of Hitchcock memorized. Both the game of chess and noir movie plots--Rear Window, in particular--will become spookily apt metaphors for the events that unfold when the teenage son of her new neighbors knocks on her door to deliver a gift from his mother. Not long after, his mother herself shows up...and then Anna witnesses something almost too shocking to be real happening in their living room. Boredom won't be a problem any longer.Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna's past and what fresh hell is unfolding now.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from November 1, 2017
    Funeral March of a Marionette is heard somewhere off in the distance as the shadow of Alfred Hitchcock, for whose TV program that 1872 Gounod piece served as the theme, moves across each page of this neo-noir masterpiece. Grab a bottle of Merlot, and settle in to accompany Anna Fox on her nightmare journey, a journey confined, almost in its entirety, within the walls of her New York City home. Anna suffers from agoraphobia and has carefully arranged her housebound existence around her many medications, including bottles of wine and classic thriller films, as she keeps in contact with her husband and daughter, nurtures fellow agoraphobes in an online support group, plays virtual chess, Skypes French lessons, and maintains close surveillance of her neighbors. Safe from the world outside. Then her cocoon begins to unravel when she witnesses a murder in the house across the way. Sound familiar? However, author Finn has carefully paced Anna's internal narrative and intricately woven interactions (real or imagined?) and added a diabolical dimension that makes this story even more intense than Hitchcock's Rear Window. And when the catalyst for Anna's condition is ultimately revealed, it is far more traumatic than a broken leg. An astounding debut from a truly talented writer, perfect for fans in search of more like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Scheduled for publication in 35 languages and with a film already in development at Fox 2000 with Scott Rudin producing, this could be the first novel that climbs highest on this year's bestseller lists.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

  • New York Times Book Review "Crackling with tension, and the sound of pages turning, as twist after twist sweeps away each hypothesis you come up with about what happened in Anna's past and what fresh hell is unfolding now."
  • Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author "The rocket fuel propelling The Woman in the Window, the first stratosphere-ready mystery of 2018, is expertise. . . . Dear other books with unreliable narrators: This one will see you and raise you."
  • Washington Post "[A] gripping first novel . . . genuinely surprising twists. . . . [R]eaders will eagerly turn the pages to see how it all turns out."
  • Stephen King "Superior."
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn "Woman in the Window is a modern-day Hitchcock film, and it's just as good... It's the perfect blend of past and present — just the book for thriller and horror fans, or anyone looking for a book they can't put down."
  • Bestselling author Val McDermid "Gripping and mesmerizing."
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill "Gripping, compelling, and utterly intriguing."
  • New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware "An astounding debut from a truly talented writer."
  • New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen "Good luck putting down The Woman in the Window."
  • Library Journal [starred review] "Smart, suspenseful and cinematic."
  • Liz Nugent, author of the 2017 BEA “Buzz Book” Unraveling Oliver "The twists in this book are praiseworthy and the writing is a delight."
  • Simon Toyne, bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy "The Woman in the Window is a tour de force. A twisting, twisted odyssey inside one woman's mind, her illusions, delusions, reality. It left my own mind reeling and my heart pounding. An absolutely gripping thriller."
  • C. J. Tudor, author of the forthcoming thriller The Chalk Man "A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Full of suspense and surprises and told with heart, The Woman in the Window will send readers racing through its pages. A stunning first outing from A. J. Finn, a tremendous new talent."
  • Publishers Weekly "A nifty premise. . . pulled off classily."
  • Jane Harper, New York Times bestsellling author of The Dry "This book defies description. After grabbing the reader's attention with the first sentence, Finn does not let go until the very last syllable."
  • Chicago Tribune "Finn's debut lives up to the hype. . . . A riveting and mature first novel that stands out in a crowded genre."
  • Daily Mail (UK) "[A] thrilling debut novel."
  • Wall Street Journal "[A]n edgy, intoxicating debut thriller... Already optioned to the movies, this book is a runaway bestseller – once you start it, you're not likely to get a good night's sleep!"
  • Newsweek "The Woman in the Window is the most riveting thriller I've read since Gone Girl. A. J. Finn is a bold new talent with the touch of a master."
  • AARP Magazine "Utterly addictive... You will read it in one night. It fizzes with excitement."
  • Booklist (starred review) "This is thriller writing of a new order."
  • The Guardian "This is a wonderfully dark, elegant thriller, evocative of Hitchcock and classic noir. Tense, twisty and so beautifully written. . . . An absolute one-sitting read."
  • Vox "Compelling, wrenching, and gasp-for-breath exciting―I was blown away."
  • Deseret News "The author of this psychological thriller pulls the rug out from under us more than once. If it's pure escapism you seek in a mystery, The Woman in the Window is just the ticket."
  • Daily Mississippian "As the plot seizes us, the prose caresses us. . . [Finn] has not only captured, sympathetically, the interior life of a depressed person, but also written a riveting thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last sentence."
  • RT Book Reviews "[I]nhalable . . . highly enjoyable."
  • South Coast Today "Smart, suspenseful and cinematic"
  • The Missourian "This novel was hard to tear myself away from, the poetic writing almost hypnotic. This is a book that stays with the reader long after the final page has been finished."
  • Crimespree Magazine "Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st century twist."
  • WSHU Public Radio "Part of the pleasure of this kind of book is in observing an effective...

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