Anna Fox is a woman who suffers from agoraphobia, which is not only a fear of open spaces but also the fear of being trapped in a situation where there’s no easy way out. What caused Anna’s condition is a terrible trauma, and now the woman never leaves her house in New York and was forced to leave her work as a successful psychologist.
Anna spends her days watching old movies, playing chess online, sometimes helping other people suffering from her same condition in an online website called Agora, and she drinks. A lot. She also abuses her medications, she often sleeps for long, long hours, she passes out. Another way this woman survives the long days is watching her neighbors, she learns their routine, she even uses a camera to be able to zoom into their privacy.
One day, Anna sees something she wasn’t supposed to see. Something has happened to one of her neighbors and Anna decides she must do something. She must help a woman who she believes was assaulted. But was she? Was this woman ever in danger? No one seems to believe Anna because she’s a drunk, lonely, ill woman. But Anna doesn’t give up.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a true, classic, page-turner mystery.
As Anna suffers from agoraphobia, her being trapped inside her house gives us a sense of claustrophobia. Anna moves around her house like an animal in a cage, and we follow along. I loved this particular aspect of the novel. I didn’t initially connect with Anna very much, the feeling grew as the story progressed. I didn’t see a twist coming, and I loved that. Unfortunately, as it happens is some novels, the culprit of the situation spends an interminable amount of time explaining to the victim why, and how, and when this and that happened. It was far too long, and it took away the suspense.
All in all, it’s a very entertaining reading. The end was kind of disappointing, though, and the story wrapped up way too fast.
“Ad Astra per Aspera, read the inscription. Through adversity to the stars.”