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Rating: 2 STARS
2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
Can you guess what this book is about? From the title and cover, I guessed this was a Rear Window retelling. You can't beat the original, but it's always fun to see what someone else's take on it is. In this book we have a child psychologist who is now an agoraphobic, so her view of the world is through her window or computer. She sees something she shouldn't have, and no one believes happened. Yada yada yada...the twist wasn't so much of a twist as there were clues (a la The Sixth Sense - ie pay close enough attention to details). The ending was not bad, but I think because of the hype I was hoping for a little more. I would definitely read another one by Finn.
***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***
I have tried on two separate occasions to read this book, and I can never get past the first page. The story is too simple and cliche for me.
It started to get a bit slow for my liking towards the middle, although chapters were very short and easy to read. I thought they did a good job unveiling key plot points as it went on and I enjoyed the ending.
Fast and tense read. You guess at each turn of events who is who and what is fantasy and reality. A good psychological thriller.
I was surprised that this book got such positive reviews, although it certainly pulled you in, in the beginning. The story of a woman who has developed agoraphobia, drinks copious amounts of alcohol, will not take her drugs as directed & watches her neighbors through her windows. One day she sees someone dying. After that she tries to get someone to believe her about what she saw but people are covering things up. It didn't seem that believable to me.
Such an interesting perspective! If you're looking for a book you won't be able to put down, look no further.
Forget the "controversial author", this was a real page turner of a book. I enjoyed the characters and the story development very much. I recommend this book be read and enjoyed regardless of the concern about whether the author made up or exaggerated some things about his own life. It is not often that I find myself so intrigued by a story and the characters within it that I read a book in 2 days, but this was one of those.
The first half of the book was curious and kept my interest but as the ending approached, I felt it was watered down a bit and the ending was less than satisfactory. Overall, it was a good read and enjoyed the writing style.
I found this novel very delightful! The author created an intriguing lead character who has many demons that shape who shes become. Unexpected ending. Bravo
Overall, I enjoyed this book - found it to be a captivating 'thriller' about a woman with agoraphobia who spends her days spying on neighbours through her camera lens. She thinks she sees a woman being stabbed but, due to her illness, alcohol & meds abuse, etc, she is not believed ... and begins to question herself. I would have rated the book higher if it had been a little shorter. I found that there was too much repetitiveness in the first half of the book which was unnecessary - I felt that the groundwork for "setting the stage" for the ending went on too long... but the last half of the book picked up and there were a few surprises. All in all, a good read.
So good! It sucks you in right away, I thought it was really well written and interesting. The chapters are short too. I did guess some of the twists, but others caught and surprised me. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller/mystery .
Aside from a few creepy moments, this one was a little too predictable for me.
I love how Finn writes, and really appreciated the shorter chapters. This is a slow burn with some good mystery throughout the story. I did, however, predict the ending before it happened (and feel my explanation would have fit much better than what ended up happening instead - the baddie was dressed as her the whole time, giving it a Psycho flair that would have connected really well with the old film obsession - but oh, well), so that was kind of a let down for me that it wasn't harder to guess what was going to go down. But I will be looking for more of Finn's books as they come out!
This is a very good book. I enjoyed the way the story was told, you plunge into the life of Dr. Anna Fox and you see her life the way she is living it. Secluded, drinking wine constantly, and terrified of going outside. Then the story will change pace and you are allowed to see a bit of her life before she became so reclusive. The phone conversations with her husband and daughter, the way they greet one another with 'Guess Who' all add to the telling of this story. I enjoyed all the characters that were introduced in this book, particularly detective Little. Well written, suspenseful, hard to put down.
This book was long and boring. Some parts got exciting and then it would ramble on again. It reminded me of other books I’ve read.
A good book. I really got into the main character and was surprised by the end twist.
I said I was finished with all the schlock "thrillers" after really not liking so many of them, I just finished Sometimes I Lie and truly hated it, BUT I thought maybe, just maybe I would give this one a go as "Hitchcockian" had grabbed my attention. Then yesterday, lo and behold, like so many other commenters on here, I read the shameful truth about who A. J. Finn REALLY is and I just don't have any desire left to bother. What a grade A jackass. The publisher should take back their money and he should be blackballed from the publishing industry. Of course that won't happen but it should.
(Originally posted 2/9/19, and disappeared without explanation)
You may be interested in the article "Unreliable Narrator," in the New Yorker for 2/11/19, about the author, who turns our to be a Decepticon of earth-shattering proportion, who's claimed to have cancer and a Ph.D. from Oxford, when he had neither. And that's just the beginning. It takes a long article to get through his fabrications.
(Late addition 2/14/19)
Today there's an article in the NYT about this novel's striking similarity to an earlier book by Sarah A. Denzil, "Saving April." You might want to read them both, and compare and contrast them.
The profile of the author in the 2/11/19 New Yorker is an incredible piece of research and writing - I'm skipping the book.
This is one of the best thriller books I've read, hands down. The chapters are short so the story flowed easily for me as I eagerly flipped through the pages to get to the bottom of this mystery. I had my own suspicions of what might be happening but I was completely taken by surprise by the ending. I did NOT see that one coming at all! In summary, this book is about a depressed, drunk woman named Anna Fox who is trapped inside her home because she's afraid to leave. So she passes her time by watching black and white classic films, drinking A LOT of wine, spying on people through her windows, popping pills, chatting with others online, etc. One day she allegedly witnesses a woman being killed in a house across from hers. No one believes her because she's a drunk. She starts to question her own sanity on whether she really saw the murder or not. Then things start to happen....are they real or not? I'll save the ending for you to find out yourself! I am excited to hear that there will be a film made out of this story--I hope the filmmaker serves justice with using this wonderful plot. This book is a must read.