Published by William Morrow on January 2nd 2018
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
Challenge Theme: A book becoming a movie in 2019
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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.
This is going to be a hard one to review without giving away spoilers so it will be short & sweet. This was a great, page-turning thriller. It kept my attention the entire time and while I figured out the two of the twists, one pretty much immediately, I still found myself invested in finding out what happens. If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train or The Woman in Cabin 10 then you definitely will enjoy this book.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my time working with children, if I could whittle those years down to a single revelation, it’s this: They are extraordinarily resilient. They can withstand neglect; they can survive abuse; they can endure, even thrive, where adults would collapse like umbrellas.”
“I was fighting for my life. So I must not want to die. And if I don’t want to die, I’ve got to start living.”
“As Shaw also said, alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”