The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is a twisty read with a familiar premise: an unreliable narrator with a drinking problem. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, check out my preview first.
This was a fast-paced read for me. Compared to other similar stories (The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl), I like this protagonist, Anna Fox, the best. She felt a little more real than the other ones, especially with her bits of humor. I also felt for her as she’s experienced the unimaginable.
Spoilers: Still, I personally saw the twists coming. I could tell right away that her husband and daughter were actually dead. I had my suspicions that the neighbor Ethan was somehow involved with his mom’s murder. But I still thought it was a compelling read and it kept my interest to the end. I think this story might even work better in the film version.
Let’s get into the book club questions
- What was your initial impression of Anna? Did it change as the book went on?
- Why do you think Anna was so obsessed with observing her neighbors? How did it make her feel more connected to the outside world?
- Do you know anyone who has experienced agoraphobia?
- Did you believe her husband and daughter were still alive or were you surprised when it was revealed they passed away?
- Anna serves as an unreliable narrator. Did you believe that she did see a murder or did you wonder if it was in her head/she made it up?
- Did you suspect Ethan at any point?
- There have a been a number of thrillers/suspense stories with an unreliable narrator suffering from a drinking problem. Why do you think the authors make that choice? How does drinking impact the story they’re telling?
- What did you think about the many film references Finn included in the story? Several times, what’s happening on screen is almost happening in Anna’s world as well. Have you seen any of those films?
- What changes do you think they’ll make in the movie version of this book? Will you go see it?
- What did you think of the ending? Were you satisfied or did it leave you wanting more?
- The story focused on grief, addiction, anxiety disorder and trusting one’s instinct. What are some other themes you picked up on?
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