Book Review: The Woman In The Window

Title: The Woman In The Window

Author: A. J. Finn

Format: Hardcover

Published: 2018

I am so upset with myself.  I have had this book in my possession since MARCH.  MARCH!  I ordered party supplies for my son on Amazon and I had to increase my order by $15 to get free shipping (or I’d pay an extra $15 for shipping) so I quickly browsed around and thought, hey, that book looks good.  Guys…………………….

I thought I had this book figured out a few times.  I thought I saw how it would all play out.  Nope.   Not even close.

Anna Fox, Dr. Anna Fox, lives by herself in New York City and stares out her window all day long.  We’re talking, next level spying on your neighbors.  She knows all of their routines and everything that is going on in their lives, without ever talking to them.

She hasn’t left her home in a year.  She gets her groceries delivered and therapy sessions take place inside her home.  She tries to go outside but has full-fledged anxiety attacks; she’s an agoraphobic (fear of places and situations that may cause panic or anxiety).  She also over medicates and drinks multiple bottles of wine every day.  Did I mention that on occasion as she watches her neighbors she also takes their pictures?

So, by all accounts you could call her a psycho.  You really can’t believe a word she says yet now she thinks she has witnessed a murder.  She sees the wife of her new neighbors get stabbed, but, she doesn’t see who does it.  Or did she even see it at all?  What is really going on?

A little background information on her may help you.  She used to be a child psychiatrist and now spends her time at an on-line forum helping others with their problems (remember, she cannot go outside).  Her family no longer lives with her but she speaks to them every day.  It seems she is going through a divorce and is in the separation stage.  She has a tenant in her basement and he helps around the house.  When she asks him about the neighbors he seems a little suspect, maybe he was involved?

Ultimately the police get involved and her neighbors deny anything has ever happened.  Now, who would you believe in this case; a woman who hasn’t left her house in a year and is drunk and on meds that cause more side effects (such as hallucinations) or the people who feel like they’re being harassed and have done nothing wrong.  I can’t say anything else without giving the book away and you really need to read this one!

This is a 5-star book.  I read it within 2 days and that was only because I needed sleep.  It was a great read with a wonderful flow.  I gasped a few times reading this and my jaw hit the floor.  Not once, but, twice.  I cannot believe that this is Finn’s debut novel.  I look forward to many more from him in the future!  Tune in next Thursday for my review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy (yes, THREE books in ONE review) by Jenny Han.

Book Review: The Boy At The Door

Title: The Boy At The Door

Author: Alex Dahl

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy Paperback

Published: 2018

Thank you, Penguin Random House, for the advance reader’s copy of The Boy At The Door which is out in just a few days on July 24th!!  I love my psychological thrillers and this one had some unpredictable twists and turns.

Imagine a picturesque lake in Norway with a beautiful mansion on the edge with the perfect husband and wife to the townspeople.  Throw in 2 semi-lovely daughters and there you have it.  Except just because you can have it all, doesn’t mean you really do.  Meet Cecilia Wilberg, the woman who easily could have it all.

I really started to dislike Cecilia.  She drinks a lot, takes quite a few prescription pills, seemingly ignores her daughters Nicoline and Hermine, and doesn’t always treat her husband, Johan, the nicest.  Cecilia works part-time as an interior designer and keeps up all social appearances by regularly holding social events at her house, as well as attending them.

Enter Tobias.  A little boy left at pool class which one of Cecilia’s daughter attends.  The receptionist begs her to take him home and she begrudgingly obliges.  When she arrives at his house she finds that it’s abandoned so she takes him home with her for the night.  He says he goes to school in the next town over so she decides she’ll just take him there in the morning and they can sort out where his parents are.

The next morning, she gets a phone call from the school wondering why she dropped this little boy off as he doesn’t attend school there.  Insert the jaw drop now.  Cecilia ends up taking care of the boy as the authorities try and figure out who his parents are.  Little do we know that Cecilia will figure it all out before they get a chance.

Cecilia goes on with the authorities with an, “I’ll do whatever I want because I get out of anything,” attitude.  A typical rich person attitude when money can buy the finest lawyer if need be.  Does this come back to bite her in the butt?  Only at the very end of the book, you’ll see.

Cecilia is also best described as a compulsive liar and it kept me guessing what was the truth and what wasn’t.  As the story goes on with Tobias’ parents the author does an AMAZING job at having me second guess what really happened.  In fact, I believed a lie to be the truth (and then was angry when it was only a lie).  You’ll have to pick up this book to find out more.  But let me warn you, once you pick it up you will find it hard to put down!

Overall, I give A Boy At The Door a rating of 4.  The ending satisfied me as I felt Cecilia got what she deserved.  The book kept me guessing and I can always appreciate that.  In fact, I read this book throughout my amazing Mediterranean cruise, even waking up at sunrise in Barcelona just to fit a few more chapters before seeing all the sights.  A book that kept me wanting to hang out in a chair on vacation instead of partying it up says a lot.  Do yourself a favor and seek out this book to read it.  Let me know when you do!  Tune in next Thursday for my review of Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King!

Book Review: Baby Teeth

Title: Baby Teeth

Author: Zjoe Stage

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy Paperback

Published: 2018

 

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for the advance reader’s copy of Baby Teeth which is out July 17th!!  It kept me entertained on the sad journey back from my amazing cruise to the United States.  After reading this though I feel like I should sleep with one eye open around my kids…

Baby Teeth starts out with the image of a perfect family.  We have the father, Alex, who works and has a great job with the mom, Suzette, who stays at home to take care of the baby, Hanna.  Let’s just say that Hanna makes Rosemary’s baby look like an angel.

Talk about a twisted, semi-horrific book.  Behind closed doors the perfect family is not so perfect.  Hanna doesn’t talk.  Hanna has been kicked out of any school she has gone to due to behaviors.  Around her father, Hanna is the perfect angel.  When her dad is gone, all hell breaks loose.

Hanna starts to say a few words to her mother.  This wouldn’t be bad except she’s out to kill her mom so she can live a happy life alone with her father.  She tells her mother that she isn’t Hanna, but she’s a witch that was burned at the stake.  Suzette starts to tell her husband about all the, let’s call it satanic things, that Hanna starts to do.  She doesn’t like to burden him with all of the negative things because that’s his angel.  Put it this way, he has blamed all of the schools for the reason why Hanna has been kicked out, not her one time.

Have I mentioned that this girl is only 7 years old?!?!

The book carries on and this devil child tries to take her mother out one day after her father left for work.  She came up with a plan and almost got away with it.  I won’t divulge how she tries to do it, but, dang Zjoe, what an idea the initial plan is!!  Yes, I said initial because there are multiple attempts at taking Suzette’s life!!

I think the scariest part of this book for me was how real I felt it could be.  As a special education teacher, I have seen children with many, many various disabilities and clearly this child has a few issues.  I have known some children who have been violent and do try to hurt their parents.  This book isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem to some!

Overall, I am giving Baby Teeth a rating of 4.  It kept me turning the pages nonstop and jumping a little when my daughter would need to grab my attention.  This is a true physiological read.  I am hoping with how it ended Zjoe explores the idea of a sequel set years later into the future.  At least my fingers are crossed for that!  You won’t be disappointed to put this on your to-read list!!  Next week I will be reviewing yet another advance read; The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl, see you next Thursday!

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