Wednesday, March 07, 2018
First Wednesday Book Review Club: WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, A.J. Finn
This is one of those books that I expected to like more than I did. The setup is good. A female psychologist is suffering from agoraphobia and is unable to leave her house. Her family has left her due an incident that takes a long time to be revealed. She drinks too much, takes drugs, watches old noir movies and watches her neighbors ala Rear Window. There is one family, in particular, she becomes involved with. If I tell you much more, I will ruin it. There are a lot of twists, the writing is fine.
But here are my problems. 1) a man wrote this book and the female did not quite ring true as a female 2) it felt very calculated-- the kind of book that does not feel like it has risen from the author's psyche but instead from the author's wish to succeed 3) it felt like a movie script more than a novel.
Now if you liked GIRL ON A TRAIN, you will probably like this. Phil did but he knows what he is getting when he picks this kind of book.I am always expecting a bit more than gets delivered. I am not really in it for the twists and turns. I am in it to watch a character achieve some end. Anybody get this?
For more reviews, see Barrie Summy.