Author – AJ FInn
Publisher – Harper Collins
Pages – 447
Its been Ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russell’s move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers. But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying . Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? and can she even trust herself?
I bought this book ages ago, but after hearing about what the author did it kind of put me off reading it, but since decided I should probably give it another go since I had already spent the money and bought it. Well I am so glad that I did.
This book gave me whiplash, in the best possible way, it was completely unpredictable, even when you thought you could predict it. The author gave nothing away and I could not and did not figure anything out before the main character anna did. Anna Fox is a lonely widow (which you do not find out until at least half way through the book) she is a psychotherapist who is also trying to deal with her own disorder while trying to help others through the same issue. Until I read this book it had never crossed my mind that a doctor could also face the everyday disorders and illnesses that we also go through. Anna is a very likeable and well written character, she is funny in a cringeworthy mother kind of way, which I actually loved. I felt so sorry for her, throughout the whole book, it seemed very much like life had dealt her the worst hand in every way possible, yes she didn’t help herself and yes some of it was her own fault but I still felt for her.
This book was incredibly written, I felt the same emotions as the Anna did while she was feeling them, it was like I was the main character in the book, each time she was caught having a peek at her neighbour I felt the shame that she also felt, while she was backtracking and thinking about her husband and child I felt sad and heartbroken and I adored the special bond she seemed to have made with her young neighbour Ethan Russell, who was a lovely young man who obviously felt sorry for her and wanted to be-friend her since he had no friends of his own.
That’s when the book started to get twisted. When Anna saw something happen in the neighbours house, she was made out to be a liar and delusion, which it wasn’t hard with all the drink and drugs going down her neck, I wanted to believe her and my gut instinct was that she did see what she saw. Throughout the first half of the book, Anna has conversations with her husband (separated) and child. Now I did think it weird that someone would talk to their ex on a daily basis even if they had a child but I never thought she was making the conversations up in her head, this was a complete shocker for me and as soon as I read this I decided all the other stuff must be made up too. But I was wrong. Even when she decided herself that she must have fabricated the Jane Russell she met because that’s what the police had told her, no evidence anywhere means none of it was real. This obviously made me feel more sorry for her, she was trying to deal with a crappy hard life alone and she didn’t know what was real and what was made up, until another twist.
The anticipation I felt through the last three quarters of the book was intense. I literally could not put the book down, I got whiplash reading it, one minute she fabricated everything and the next it was all true. It was an excellent case of who dunnit because you really did not find anything out or have any kind of inkling before the character did, which I found brilliant. It made you connect with the story so much more.
Then, it brings you to the ending, the biggest twist of it all and the biggest OMG moment. When she finds out Ethan is not who he says he is (well in a way) he is not the sweet boy he had been portrayed to be all along, in fact he was incredibly mentally ill. He had severe issues and as thrilling as I found that to read it made me feel incredibly sad that Anna had lost the only connection she really had that wasn’t a professional.
This book definitely drawn me into its pages and took me to another place while I was reading it. It was one hundred percent like I was sat there in that book as the main character, and as bad as the press that AJ Finn received because of this story, if you love a good thriller than I honestly would recommend you read this book.