total page-turner, in a good way.
t’s hard for men to believe women. It’s especially hard for men to believe mentally ill women (antipsychotics cause hallucinations! delusions! mania!). A.J. Finn’s narrator, a child psychologist with a PhD, has gone off the deep end after a family tragedy. She is completely unreliable, or so we’re meant to believe…
Daniel Mallory (disguised under the gender neutral nom de plume, A.J. Finn), is an executive editor with William Morrow, the publisher of his novel. It’s not so often that an editor at a premier publishing company writes a top selling book under a mysterious pseudonym. Mallory believed it would “be disturbing for my authors to wander into a bookshop and see their editor’s name writ large across a hardback.” Even Mallory’s colleagues, after reading the manuscript, had no idea their friend was behind the spooky story. The Woman in the Window falls in the same thriller/mystery category as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train. I have to say, though, I like Finn’s creation a whole lot more. The writing and the plot are solidly impressive (more so than other books I’ve read in this genre) and Stephen King is spot-on when he calls Mallory’s book, “unputdownable.” If you’re looking for a gripping mystery with an interesting female narrator, this is a good one.