This is a must-read for 2020, as the movie will be released in May. If you didn’t have time to read it, I will break the book down for you so that you will have a “conversation” topic right on your sleeve.
The book is written by A.J.Finn and was published in 2018. It is a domestic, psychological thriller, full of suspense and hard-to-forget scenes. It is also a debut novel for the writer, and it is so beautifully written, that it is hard to believe it is a debut.
If you have read Gone Girl (my favourite book so far) and Girl in the Train, you will feel the resemblance with this book. It is the same genre, and it revolves around the same topics more or less.
In our book, the woman, Anna Fox, who is a child psychologist, is suffering from a traumatic experience, leaving her unable to get out of her house (agoraphobic). She lives alone in her home, where she spends most of her time playing chess, chatting with people online or with her husband and daughter. And, more times than usual, she spies on the neighbours.
Anna becomes fascinated with the family that lives across the street, the Russells. She spies on them on the regular, until one day, when she thought she witness what seems to be a crime, hearing the wife scream from their house. The police don’t believe her, leaving her to question her sanity.
It is a fascinating story; the main character driving the whole plot through immaculate dialogue and description. There are no unexpected twists; however, you feel the suspense building up as you flip the pages to find out what really happened.
The clues of the murder are all in the movies Anna watches like Laura, Shadow of a Doubt, Vertigo and Rope.
The reader understands throughout the story that Anna is severely depressed, drinking alcohol and taking meds. This makes the character unbelievable, but something makes you want to stick with her until the end.
We learn throughout the story another plot twist: her husband and daughter are not alive. She keeps their memory, pretending to talk to them, but unfortunately, they were all in a car crash, and Anna was the only one who has survived.
The murderer is someone the reader will not even think about. In a game of cat and mouse in Anna’s home, Anna pushes him to his death. The books ends with Anna getting the closure she needs over her family’s deaths.
Now I will not tell you who the murderer is. If you want to read this book, it is only fair to keep that away from you.
I hope you will give this book a chance; it is the right amount of thriller and psychological to make a page-turner.