Book Review: The Woman in the Window

I love when my friends send me book recommendations. Usually when this happens they’re right in the middle and they only stopped reading long enough to send me a quick text about how amazing it is or they’ve just come up for air after reading non-stop until they finished it. I have yet to receive a book recommendation from one of my friends that I’ve disliked. What can I say? I have amazing friends! The book recommendation I received most recently actually came with RAVING reviews from two people. The first recommendation came from one of my best friends via text message:

“New book you HAVE to read! And I’ve never given you a recommendation so you know it’s good!!! The Woman in the Window. I was 200 pages deep without realizing I hadn’t put it down and it was 1AM. READ IT!!!! Best book I’ve read since The Girl on the Train.”

I added a sample of the book to my kindle but since I was already in the middle of a couple of books I didn’t start reading it just yet. A few weeks later, my phone buzzed again. This time it was a text message from my sister:

“The Woman in the Window. Next book for you for sure!”

I couldn’t help but wonder what was up with this book. Soon enough I took their advice and started reading it. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure how to feel about the first chapter. Was it intriguing? Yes. But it really reminded me of the 1954 thriller Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart. I LOVE old movies so I honestly spent all of one second wondering if most people nowadays just hadn’t seen this amazing movie (please watch it) and had no idea that this plot was somewhat similar and really not so unique. I was actually concerned enough that I texted my friend to tell her – ha! She encouraged me to keep reading and I did. I quickly started to connect with the main character who also loves watching old movies.  Pretty soon it all started making sense.

If you’ve read my other book reviews from this year, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick lately.  I thought I had this book figured out. BOY, WAS I WRONG!!!!!!!  Just when you think you’re totally hooked, A. J. Finn reels you in even further. This plot line was fantastic.  I appreciated the old movie references. I loved the way it was written. I questioned my sanity.  I literally gasped. I avoided other humans so that I could finished reading this book as soon as possible.

This book totally gets in your head. If you haven’t read The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn yet, go ahead and do yourself a favor: STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND GO READ IT RIGHT NOW. Don’t believe me? Take the advice of my friend, sister and the other 2,385 people who contributed to the 4.5 star average it has earned on Amazon reviews.

If my ramblings still haven’t convinced you, read this blurb from the author:

“I’m A. J. Finn, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW — a debut novel that Stephen King describes as “remarkable” and I call “the best I could do.” Guess which quote appears on the jacket.”

Who are you to question the opinions of Stephen King? I’d like to add that not only is A.J. Finn a total hottie – I think it’s absolutely adorable that he’s so humble. Well A.J., I can’t wait to read the next book that you call “the best I could do.” This book will soon be made into a movie which will be amazing but what’s even more awesome is that they’ve already cast Amy Adams as the main character Dr. Anna Fox. I was super excited when I found that out because I am a big fan of hers.

Okay, earlier I hinted at the fact that I would also highly recommend watching Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart is fantastic in that film and it is a classic. A must-see. With that in mind, I wanted to be sure to include a list of the movies that are referenced in this book. I’ve seen a few already but I intend to watch all of them before this book premieres as a movie. So, here are all of the movies that are referenced in The Woman in the Window:

  1. The Man Who Knew Too Much

  2. Out of the Past

  3. Airplane!

  4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  5. Les Diaboliques

  6. The Fallen Idol

  7. Ministry of Fear

  8. The 39 Steps

  9. Double Indemnity

  10. Gaslight

  11. Saboteur

  12. The Big Clock

  13. The Thin Man

  14. Song of the Thin Man

  15. Le Boucher

  16. Dark Passage

  17. Niagara

  18. Charade

  19. Sudden Fear

  20. Wait Until Dark

  21. The Vanishing

  22. Frantic

  23. Side Effects

  24. Casablanca

  25. Frankenstein

  26. The Return of Sherlock Holmes

  27. Criterion

  28. Kino

  29. Universal’s Hitchcock boxed set

  30. Film noir collections

  31. Star Wars

  32. Night and the City

  33. Whirlpool

  34. Murder, My Sweet

  35. Night Must Fall

  36. Laura

  37. Vertigo

  38. The Third Man

  39. Downton Abbey

  40. Spellbound

  41. Dead Calm

  42. Rebecca

  43. Strangers on a Train

  44. Rope

  45. North by Northwest

  46. The Lady Vanishes

  47. Gaslight

  48. Dark Passage

  49. The Addams Family

  50. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  51. The Outlaw

  52. Hot Blood

  53. Shadow of a Doubt

  54. Rear Window

  55. Signs

  56. Body Double

  57. Blow-Up

  58. Midnight Lace
  59. Foreign Correspondent

  60. 23 Paces to Baker Street

  61. Night Must Fall

  62. Whirlpool

  63. Rosemary’s Baby

  64. The Good Wife

  65. That Darn Cat!

There you have it! If you’ve read The Woman in the Window and, like me, can’t gush about it enough then please feel free to leave me a comment and gush some more! Did you love the book? Are any of the movies referenced in the book also some of your favorites? Is there another book like this one that I need to read next? Let me know and as always, thank you for reading my post!

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