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To Read The Book or Go See The Movie First: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn review

I’ll let you in on a not so secret, secret……. 

Seeing a movie trailer that peaks my interest and finding out it is based on a book makes me want to try to read the book before the movie is released just so I can know what parts were changed, omitted, or just to see if the book is just better. Of course we all know the book is always better, however, I still like to be able to correlate the two. 

The Woman in the Window is about, you guessed it, a woman looking out of her window. In more detail, this woman, a child psychologist named Anna Fox, is going through a traumatic experience because of what is thought to be separation from her husband and daughter. She has been diagnosed with a personality disorder called agoraphobia which prevents her from going outside, and because of her current condition, she takes it upon herself to observe and obsess about her neighbors and their everyday lives. She does so through a camera she looks through from her window. One day, while doing her normal everyday snooping,  she witnesses a murder happen in a new neighbor’s house and the book goes on to explain how that murder is unpacked and resolved. 

I have to be honest. I don’t know how I feel about this book. It was a good story don’t get me wrong, I just feel like it was what I like to call a “rollercoaster read”. You know, interesting at the beginning, loses my interest in the middle, then gets really REALLY good at the end. I loved how everything came together and it was definitely an unexpected ending, but I had to sit through minimum 8 hours of slow audiobook storytelling to get to it. I started this book in November of last year and stopped because I got bored with the story then decided to pick it back up after a friend insisted I listen to the end. After doing so I still have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars due to the middle being an important part of the story but not interesting enough for me to just love it. 

I will say I am looking forward to the movie. The basis of the story will make for a good thriller movie. I can’t wait to see how the different twists and turns revealed at the end are played out on the big screen. I’m just hoping it’s not a long, drawn out, near 3 hours movie. I am also hoping the movie is as intriguing as its predecessor Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I believe the same people that put that movie together are producing this one as well.

If you are okay with a slow read, one that gradually gets to the point, then it will be worth reading the book before seeing the movie. If you are like me who enjoys when a story has your suspicion clenched throughout the whole book, then you won’t be missing anything by seeing the movie before hand. 

Check out The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn here

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