Summary from Goodreads:
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
It took me a while to finally pick up this popular 2018 thriller because of the recent article that came out about the author in The New Yorker. It was just an okay read for me.
What I Liked:
Main Character. I found Anna Fox an interesting character to read about because of how unpredictable she was. However, the unreliable drunk narrator was a bit predictable and seems to be a big trend in thrillers lately.
One of the small twists. The novel had a few twists and while I’m not sure if I like the big reveal I did find one of the smaller twists well-done and shocking. I did not see the twist in the middle coming at all and the first half of the novel supports it.
Film References. I enjoyed how the author included Anna Fox’s love of Hitchcock and old thriller classic films. It was interesting to read about and I will be checking out a few of the films. I liked how he sometimes mixed what was happening in the scene with the film that was playing during it.
What I Disliked:
Pacing. I able to get through this pretty quickly but I felt that some parts, mainly the middle did drag for me.
Twist/Ending. I’m unsure if I dislike or like the big reveal at the end. I think that it was rushed, unbelievable, and not well supported by the rest of novel.
3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars