Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication date: January 2nd 2018
Wow! Wow! Wow! What a book this was!
I was introduced to this book by a booktuber. My interest was piqued when the booktuber mentioned that it was about a woman who had agoraphobia (fear of open spaces). I have always found phobias interesting not least because I too have a phobia, although it’s not agoraphobia. It was a thriller/crime fiction story. This is the first encounter I had had with this author and I wasn’t disappointed. This story sets up the scene so well that the reader is convinced that he/she knows who committed the crime. Your emotions are definitely played with so well that you begin to feel what’s happening in the book. It starts to absorb you and draw you in further and further. Then just when you thought you’ve got it all worked out Finn does a 360 and turns the story on its head. After all the build up to this point, the turn slams you in the face but it all made sense completely in a way that you’re left convinced the result couldn’t have been anything else. The pace of the book slows down at this point for a bit as if it’s working towards the end of the story. It lulls you into what turns out to be a false sense of security. So just as you feel it’s coming to a close Finn decides that he hasn’t finished yet and turns the story on its head yet again to reveal the truth. I never saw the truth, as Finn revealed it, coming.
I was so impressed by this author that I had to see if he had written any more books only to discover that this was his debut novel!! According to Goodreads I have to wait until 2020 for his next book. I can’t wait that long. I want another book NOW! He’s my newest favourite author and to say that I’m waiting with eagerness for his next book is an understatement.
Finn is a very gifted writer who has been quoted as saying that he got inspiration from Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendall, shows in his writing style. Can’t praise Finn highly enough.
Recommend for: Adults