The Woman in the Window (Hardback)A. J. Finn (author)
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Already a New York Times bestseller, The Woman in the Window is a thrilling slice of contemporary noir peppered with more than a twist of Hitchockian suspense and deftly handled misdirection, with twists that you won’t see coming.
What did she see?
A chronic agoraphobic, Anna Jones hasn’t left her home in ten months. Spending her days and nights cocooned within the safety of her house, Anna retreats into the safety of the black and white films she binge-watches in the company of her cat and one-too-many bottles of wine. A former child psychologist, she used to have a busy life, a husband, a daughter. Now her husband has left her, taking their daughter with him, and Anna is left haunting the rooms of their house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Her one constant lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But friendless, isolated and under suspicion from those she wishes to help, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
Effortlessly combining contemporary debates about power, love, depression and the isolation of urban living with the electrifying tension of films such as Rear Window, Gaslight and Vertigo, The Woman in the Window is one of 2018’s most exciting and unmissable debuts.
Already a household name in his native America, A.J. Finn is the pen-name of long-time mystery editor and senior publishing executive Dan Mallory. An Oxford graduate, he lived in London for several years before returning to the US. A life-long fan of classic mysteries and suspense thrillers, he sites Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith and Graham Greene as among his major influences.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 720 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 39 mm
"A nifty premise… pulled off classily; with book deals struck in 38 territories, and film rights sold to Fox 2000, it is already No 1 on the New York Times bestseller list." - The Observer
"This is thriller writing of a new order that makes 'Gone Girl' look lame." - Daily Mail
'A gripping masterpiece of storytelling' - The Express
'Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing. I could weave in more superlatives but you get the idea. 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' - Gillian Flynn
'Twisted to the power of max. Hitchcockian suspense with a 21st-century spin' - Val McDermid
'A dark, twisty confection with an irresistible film noir premise. Hitchcock would have snapped up the rights in a heartbeat' - Ruth Ware
'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 this totally original story against a background of film noir is both delightful and chilling' - Stephen King
'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 A. J. Finn. He is a tremendous new talent' - Jane Harper, bestselling author of The Dry
'Amazing. Riveting. Just plain fantastic!' - Tess Gerritsen
'A truly phenomenal debut. A taut, utterly compelling story. Smart, heart-wrenching-and really scary' - Nicci French
'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 cliche, but I was genuinely walking around the house/answering the door/eating my meals with the book in my hand.' - Joanna Cannon, bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
'Dense, brilliant and unforgettable; tight in focus, widescreen in execution' -Jenny Colgan
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