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The Woman in the Window
448 pages; William Morrow
Dr. Anna Fox is a shut-in. A former child psychologist, Anna has been suffering from agoraphobia—a terror of leaving her home—in the wake of an unnamed trauma. Separated from her husband, who now has custody of their child, she spends her days watching old movies on DVD, drinking, popping pills and spying on the neighbors—zooming in with her telephoto lens through the windows of her city brownstone. When the Russells move into number 207, she is mesmerized: "One house away, one door down, there's the family I had, the life that was mine—a life I thought lost, irretrievably, except here it is, right across the park." Then, Anna sees a murder through the window. She is sure she saw it, but the police believe she's a crazy, drug-addled drunk, the Russells (menacingly) deny everything, plus there's no body. Although Anna viewed the crime through her camera lens, she didn't take a picture. Did she imagine it all? Or is she being gaslighted? The search for the truth—about her own suppressed past as well as what happened at the Russells'—may cost her her life. Although the story does nod to The Girl on the Train, its gaspworthy plot twists offer deep insights into trauma, grief and desire.  
— Dawn Raffel