review and cover mani: the woman in the window

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is popping up everywhere. I can’t scroll through any form of social media without seeing it. Not only that, Stephen freaking King blurbed this Hitchcockian thriller, along with a who’s-who of the thriller/mystery/crime/suspense community. But still, I thought to myself: no way it can really be that good.

Well friends, I'm psyched to report that it isn't just good, it's phenomenal. The hype is more than justified.

The back jacket, from Goodreads:

What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a billion times: I love unreliable narrators. Immersing myself in a character who I can’t quite trust, who's saddled with too many biases to convey an objective truth, is the peanut butter to my jelly. In THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, shadows of uncertainty touched every piece of new information, which elevated the tension to stress-eating levels. And with Anna Fox's awareness of her possible confusion--the acceptance that she may not be well--I instantly cared for her. Anna's sharp intelligence only deepened my fascination. Through it all, Anna's empathy for others made her easy to cheer for and by the second chapter, I'd located my pom-poms. 

Designed by Bonni Leon-Berman

Also, there was the writing. Cheese and rice, the writing. A.J. Finn chose the most exquisite words and placed them in the exact right places, creating a Jenga tower of literary triumph. Because pacing and prose and character building, oh my! I mean, there wasn’t even a misplaced comma. Like, who doesn’t have extra commas?! I’ll most certainly be pre-ordering whatever Finn releases next, armed with sticky notes to highlight my favourite turns of phrase.

In sum, I’m adding my voice to what is swiftly (and rightly) becoming a booming chorus and recommending THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW as a must read. Actually, it’s a must read and a now read, as in you must read it, and you must read it now.

Enormous thanks to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC of this bananpants novel!

For this mani, I used:

FingerPaints – Black Expressionism

OPI – Yo-Ga To Get This Blue and matte topcoat

Red latex paint

So Nailicious brushes – needle and slayer