I officially hit my first reading road black of 2018. I started three books before I found one that I was invested enough to see through. It has been a long, stressful few weeks.
Since the beginning of February I have tried to read a book about the Korean War, a book about a mountaineer, and a book about France in 1941. I'm definitely going to finish reading them throughout the year, but with everything going on in school at the moment I just couldn't commit to the dense subject matter. On a whim I went to the bookstore by my house (one of my favourite places on earth) and got the one thing I'm guaranteed to enjoy and read quickly: a thriller.
If I can give a little bit of advice before starting my book review it's this: don't force yourself when it comes to reading. If something isn't sticking, move on for a while. Read something fun. Don't feel badly that you aren't always reading the most hard hitting things. Reading should be an enjoyable way to take your mind off of things, not an added stress in your life.
This book by A.J. Finn was exactly what I needed to get me past my reader's block (is that even a thing?). It was fast-paced, dramatic, and exciting. It definitely wasn't the most original book I've ever read - it reminded me a LOT of The Girl On The Train - but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
The Woman in the Window is the story of an agoraphobic woman who watches the people who live around her from her windows. I'm sure you can all guess what happens next: she sees something that she shouldn't and become involved in a mystery.
The book explores the themes of family, loss, alcoholism, and mental illness. There is a lot of interesting subject matter, and Finn does a good job of working within a limited setting. The main character can't leave her home, so Finn has to create a very specific atmosphere in the house that she is secluded in.
One thing that I always look for in thrillers is how realistic it is. Is this something that could actually happen in real life? If it's too far fetched I have a hard time fully enjoying the read because all I can think about is how unlikely the plot is. This book was a bit like that. Some of the surprises and twists were things that I just didn't find completely believable, and the story lost me a little as it went on.
Overall, this was a fun read. I didn't find it as exciting or dark as a Gillian Flynn book (the standard to which I hold all thrillers). But it was a good read to get me out of my rut. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read mysteries or psychological thrillers.
If you liked this you might also like:
1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
2. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins