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July 19th, 2019



Number of pages: 450

A.J. Finn's debut novel owes a great debt to Hitchcock's Rear Window, with its story of a woman who witnesses a murder through her neighbour's window. It also has a few similarities to other Hitchcock films - Vertigo and The Lady Vanishes. I also found myself drawing inevitable comparisons to two books that I recently read, The Girl on the Train and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

The central character and narrator, Anna, is agoraphobic, and hasn't left her house in ten months, when the new neighbours move in, so she spends a lot of her time watching them in their house through a camera. Anna also works as a psychologist, treating patients online rather than face to face, so several of the chapters involve her chatting online to an online patient.

The only fault I can really find with this book is that a lot of the plot elements were not terribly original, including the fact that no one believes Anna after she tells them what she witnessed. There was a plot twist that I guessed, but otherwise the book threw in enough red herrings to keep me guessing, particularly the fact that Anna's mental state may have meant that she was an unreliable witness. I loved the build up of suspense in this book, and would definitely read more by A.J. Finn.

There are several more details I could give about this book, but it's hard to say too much without giving away spoilers. My advice would be to give this one a try.

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