Length: 453 pages
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What they say:
THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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?
The Review: This is probably the book I’ve heard about the most this year. The author is an industry insider and so everyone seems to want to add their tuppence about whether they adore or hate (hate hate) it. In every book group I’m in there’s threads saying not to bother and others gushing about it. I’m going to go to gushers cavern and rejoice that there is an atmospheric book out there that transported me to another time, and could have belonged to a different era.
So, we have Anna, a great character that leapt off the screen (I know, screen doesn’t have the same ring, does it?) for me. Anna’s issues were brilliantly done, she cannot step outside the safety of her own home, and page after page passed as I thought about how paralysing conditions such as this are. Anna’s escape is in old movies and this is where Mr Finn’s writing truly blew me away, I could see the screen, hear the classy, drama laden voices and they all added to a stunning build up.
People describe this as too much of a slow burner, but I thought it did an excellent job in making you edgy and unnerved, as you wonder what was in store for Anna, and whether you believe her. This build continued to an mesmerizing ending that featured atmospherics that both weather wise and literacy wise blew me away! As an aside I was disappointed with the ending in terms of it’s explanation, the ‘whodunnit’, but most people who loved the book gushed about it so it’s probably just me. Definitely recommended (obviously unless you love everything to happen all guns a blazing!)! Thanks so much to Harpercollins and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.