As the panelists shared their discoveries from the exhibit floor, there was surprisingly very little overlap. If there was one big book of the show that all the participants could agree on, it was A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window (Morrow, Jan. 2018), a twisty and thrilling salute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
The Woman In The Window
Featured in Publishers Weekly's Bestselling Books of the Year So Far
Featured in Amazon's Best Books of the Year So Far and Amazon’s Best Books of 2018
Anna Fox lives alone in the New York City brownstone that once housed her happy family. Acutely agoraphobic and separated from her husband and daughter, she spends her days chatting online to strangers, watching old movies, drinking too much wine and keeping tabs on her neighbours.
Then the Russells move in next door: a father, a mother, their teenage son. At first watching them makes her yearn even more keenly for the reunion of her own nuclear trio. Then Anna observes what seems to be a shocking act of violence, and her precariously constructed world begins to crumble. But what has she really seen? What has she imagined? And what will be the consequences of her accusation?
The Woman in the Window is a taut and twisty Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Rear Window.
Fox have optioned film rights to The Woman in the Window. The film is set to be released in cinemas on the 4th October 2019. Amy Adams has been cast as the leading role – the reclusive Dr. Anna Fox.
Jake Smith-Bosanquet manages the translation rights for The Woman In The Window
Translation Rights Sold
[Finn] excels at planting misconceptions everywhere. You cannot trust anything you read... A book that’s as devious as this novel will delight anyone who’s been disappointed too often
The New York Times
A finely written, surprise-laden thriller... a stellar debut
An intelligent, carefully constructed novel of psychological suspense that focuses on a single character whose moods, secrets and fears drive the plot
The Globe and Mail
Likened to blockbusters by Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, and Ruth Ware—and billed as the breakout book of 2018—Finn’s debut lives up to the hype... [Finn] crafts a tightly coiled tale that will keep fans of the genre guessing. A riveting and mature first novel that stands out in a crowded genre.
Library Journal, STARRED review
A. J. Finn pulled me into the world of The Woman in the Window so completely that I barely drew breath until I turned the final page. The vulnerable protagonist, Anna, is isolated from friends, family, community, and reality in this gripping, compelling, and utterly intriguing first novel that is deservedly sure to grab readers by their heartstrings in 2018.
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.
A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat.
Amazing. What an elegant, beautifully written thriller. I loved Dr. Fox from the word go, and the twists and turns were just exquisite. It’s so rare to find a story so compelling, yet so gracefully told – the flair and class of Hitchcock on every page. It’s quite a cliché, but I was genuinely walking around the house/answering the door/eating my meals with the book in my hand.
The Woman in the Window reads like a classic Hitchcock movie in novel form, in fact I was half expecting a cameo. Dripping with suspense. Creaking with menace. Beautifully written. There’s a lot of buzz around this book and every single bit of it is totally justified.
The Woman in the Window is one of those rare books that really is unputdownable. The writing is smooth and often remarkable. The way Finn plays off his totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling.
There hasn’t been a debut thriller this good since Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan appeared twenty-five years ago. The Woman in the Window is compelling, wrenching, and gasp-for-breath exciting- I was blown away.New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill
Like its great predecessor Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, the classic tale of the seemingly unreliable female narrator witnessing events she cannot explain or make plausible to others, The Woman in the Window presents two mysteries. There’s the film-noir mystery, glimpsed in tantalizing fragments through the window, and there’s the more engrossing, though less explicable, mystery of the witness herself. Is she reliable? Is she sane?
The New Yorker
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.
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…An astounding debut from a truly talented writer, perfect for fans in search of more like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
There’s something irresistible about this made-for-the-movies tingler. Finn knows how to pleasurably wind us up
Finn has created a gripping and mesmerizing novel in which the main character grapples with agoraphobia... The plot twists are effective and the climax on a stormy night amplifies the menacing circumstances that will keep readers glued to the pages until the final outcome.
A.J Finn's Hichcockian debut, explores both Anna's inner demons and the ones the ones acting right in front of her eyesReal Simple
The secrets of Anna’s past and the uncertain present are revealed slowly in genuinely surprising twists… readers will eagerly turn the pages to see how it all turns out
This novel is brilliantly crafted and liberally laced with character insights that ring wrenchingly true. It also glides along with quicksilver pacing through plot reversals, explosive revelations, and thrills-a-plenty surprises.
Washington Independent Review of Books
A truly phenomenal debut. A taut, utterly compelling story. Smart, heart-wrenching - and really scary.
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… An astounding debut from a truly talented writer, perfect for fans in search of more like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train
Booklist, starred review
The entire book is multifaceted and well accomplished, you can tell that Finn knows exactly what he’s doing and every element of the plot has a purpose, a reasoning behind it... There was something menacing about the style of this book, an unnerving feeling that made me anxious but also totally engaged
Debut author A.J. Finn is already an old pro at characterization...unlike many recent thrillers, The Woman in the Window’s plot twists are genuinely surprising, and not just shocking for shock’s sake...With each short chapter, Finn leaves you wanting more. I read this one in one sitting, then couldn’t help but draw shut the curtains in my apartment.Book of the Month
When surprises do pull the rug out from under our feet, we recover our balance because the groundwork has been meticulously laid, and each twist/turn proves to be so integral that we don’t feel manipulated...The surprise twists will keep you on edge and you won’t regret any loss of sleep.
With overt and subtle references to classic thrillers from Hitchcock to Polanski, Finn... crafts a tightly coiled tale that will keep fans of the genre guessing. A riveting and mature first novel
School Library Journal
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.
This is a wonderfully dark, elegant thriller, evocative of Hitchcock and classic noir. Tense, twisty and SO beautifully written. Amidst the many twists and turns,
which are rolled out to perfection, the descriptions of Anna’s dusty, gothic townhouse create a nail-shreddingly claustrophobic atmosphere. And Anna herself is a gift of an unreliable narrator - agoraphobic, alcoholic, by turns tragic and spiky. An absolute one-sitting read.
A deftly told and riveting story of an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighbouring house, The Woman in the Window is one of 2018's most exciting releases in the crime genre.
Hitchockian suspense with a 21st century twist.
It’s a giddy ride, with tense, original storytelling... The answers to all our questions are brilliantly revealed in a plot controlled by a stunning series of cliff-hanger chapter endings... This is thriller writing of a new order that makes Gone Girl look lame.
Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I'd love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles—I've got a lot of questions for her.
A beautifully written, brilliantly plotted, richly enjoyable tale of love, loss and madness...The Woman in the Window is first-rate entertainment that is finally a moving portrait of a woman fighting to preserve her sanity.
The Washington Post
An incredible debut, I absolutely loved it. I read The Woman in the Window in a single day. 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 AJ Finn. He is a tremendous new talent
Witty, chilling and suspenseful, The Woman in the Window will keep you turning the pages while making you wonder what, exactly, your suspicious neighbors are up to. Hitchcock would have loved it.
Dense, brilliant and unforgettable; tight in focus, widescreen in execution.
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