As I’ve mentioned before, I love a good thriller and I hadn’t read one in a while. The Woman in the Window has been out for a while now, and I’d seen lots of people rave about how good it is, so I decided to give it a go.
I have to say that first impressions weren’t great. I thought the narrative seemed a little basic and unimaginative and I was completely ambivalent towards the narrator- also the protagonist. I don’t mean ambivalent in a ‘it kept me on my toes’ kind of way; I mean ambivalent in that I didn’t care either way what happened to Anna.
That being said, the narrative did call a couple of important topics into question: how society perceives, and treats those suffering from mental health conditions, and the role the internet plays in modern life- both for better and worse.
However, it wasn’t until the final part of the book that I became hooked and actually cared about how the narrative would unfold. I definitely didn’t see the twist coming and, while it wasn’t necessarily the most believable ending to the story, it certainly upped the pace and injected some action into the otherwise slow story.
There’s no denying that this book is an easy read and, in fairness, I never considered abandoning it. However, it definitely isn’t groundbreaking and I found the narrative a little confusing at times, which made it hard to get behind. While The Woman in the Window wasn’t necessarily the worst book I’ve read, I’ve definitely read better thrillers and would recommend books such as Perfect Remains and The Good Samaritan- John Marrs 100 times before this title.
I will end this review on a positive note, however, by saying that I think the title is clever. While it could apply to Anna, trapped inside by her agoraphobia, it could also apply to the crime she believes takes place- I guess it’s up to you to decide in which scenario the window is most significant.