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January Book of the Month: The Woman in the Window by A J Finn. Post a question ahead of the author webchat, on Wednesday 6 February at 5pm

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SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Dec-18 15:39:46

What better way to wile away a chilly winter's eve than with a spine-tingling read? Our January Book of the Month, The Woman in the Window by A J Finn is just that, following an agoraphobic woman who believes she has witnessed a horrible crime in a neighbouring house.

Find out more and read or listen to an extract. And then grab a copy and joining us in reading the book ahead of our webchat with A J on 6 February 2019, at 5pm.

Crayolaaa Tue 01-Jan-19 20:58:50

I read this today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Got one of the twists pretty early on, but not the main one. Fabulous story, characters and writing.

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yUMMYmUMMYb Sat 12-Jan-19 22:53:22

Just finished this book. It took me a little while to get into it, but have read the second half this evening. Real page turning stuff! Look forward to the chat. Hard to think of questions without spoilers. Fab book!

Extralargeoranges Sun 20-Jan-19 13:59:21

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Extralargeoranges Sun 20-Jan-19 14:01:29

Sorry, was trying to start a thread in aibu. Dont know what happened. I will report my post.

Sorry blush

FernieB Tue 29-Jan-19 13:11:12

Does anyone know if the books have been sent out yet? I had a message to say I'd won a copy a little while ago, supplied my address etc and haven't heard anything further.

HollowTalk Tue 29-Jan-19 13:12:38

Oh I've just been given a copy of this from a friend who said it was great. Will start it today!

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 30-Jan-19 11:41:09

Hi @FernieB - sorry to hear you haven't received your prize yet. The publisher should have sent them out by now - we're chasing and will update you.

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 30-Jan-19 12:02:20

Update: the publisher had ordered the books from their warehouse and you should receive your copy by the end of the week. Apologies for the delay!

HappyAndYouKnowItGlugTheWine Wed 30-Jan-19 22:06:07

Read this in a few days (well, audiobook) and really enjoyed it. Got one twist from outset as it was quite clear (perhaps not meant as a twist??) but enjoyed all the same!

Honeyroar Thu 31-Jan-19 22:00:12

I read this last week. I really enjoyed it. I read it in a day. It was intriguing. I knew there was going to be a twist at the end, but it could have gone a few ways.

FernieB Thu 31-Jan-19 22:29:25

Thanks Sorcha - book has now arrived. I shall crack on with it this weekend. Judging by the comments so far, it's a good one!

Xenadog Sat 02-Feb-19 19:56:07

I read this book when it first came out and I bloody loved it! The twists and turns are so cleverly written.

FernieB Sun 03-Feb-19 09:16:32

Before I started reading I wasn't sure I was going to have time to finish it before the webchat. It was so gripping I stayed up until the early hours to finish it. I read quite a few thrillers and can usually guess the 'twist' by about halfway in. I didn't get this one until the very end. It's very cleverly written and as its told from the perspective of a very unreliable witness I wasn't sure who to believe.

So pleased it's going to be a film - my DH will enjoy it provided I can keep quiet and not spoil it for him!

I'd like to ask, did you know from the outset what your ending would be or did it evolve as you wrote? Or did you change your mind at all?

Nativityriot Sun 03-Feb-19 10:31:49

I really LOVED this book, the characterisation of the protagonist was brilliant. I really got her existence in the house (and I am the opposite of agoraphobic). Really great.

mummyhaschangedhername Sun 03-Feb-19 10:47:09

I bought this book about a week ago. Really struggling to get into it at the moment but the comments her make me want to persevere. I think it's just a little different than I am used to and I'm a little frustrated that the characters job is described as a psychologist when I'm guessing given their medical training they are actually as psychiatrist. Ok, off to start reading it again.

Honeyroar Sun 03-Feb-19 11:25:33

Is it going to be a film? Fantastic! I was thinking it would be a great film as I read it.

FernieB Sun 03-Feb-19 19:00:03

Yes Honeyroar, the copy of the book I have says on the inside back cover that's it's going to be a film with Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore.

SophiaLovesSummer Sun 03-Feb-19 23:58:49

It's a seriously slow burn for me - is it worth sticking with it?

Hoolahoophop Mon 04-Feb-19 13:26:07

Reading this now, but looking to the future. Is there a February book of the month? Thanks

nyu82 Mon 04-Feb-19 19:15:50

FYI...very interesting article by Ian Parker in the New Yorker (11th Feb.2019 issue) on the it before you read the book if you can....

LilQuim Mon 04-Feb-19 19:21:06

Was just about to post about the New Yorker article. Here it is if anyone is interested. Sounds a little James Frey...

custardlover Mon 04-Feb-19 22:21:49

Yes! Also just read that extraordinary article - an incredible read and gosh, just gosh...

Honeyroar Mon 04-Feb-19 22:46:01

That was a long and strange article. The book was better!😜

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